Union Files Grievance over Layoffs

Union Files Grievance over Layoffs

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The union representing workers at Kennecott Utah Copper has filed a grievance over a recent round of layoffs at the mine.

Kennecott managers laid of 120 people last month, just days after the company and the union settled a long battle over their labor contract.

In the complaint, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union contends the layoffs are punishment against union activists for their work during the contract negotiations.

When Kennecott announced the layoffs, it said they had been planned for some time -- and workers already had been told of the impending job cuts, which it blamed on a weak copper market.

Workers with the United Steelworkers of America say Kennecott has the right to make job cuts -- but their complaint claims that the pink slips weren't given in accordance with their labor contract.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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