MTPR

unions

In August 1917, Frank Little was the victim of a grisly murder in Butte. Little was a labor organizer who came to Butte to unify and radicalize Butte’s miners in their fight against the Anaconda Mining Company for higher wages and safer working conditions. Most historians believe that the Anaconda Company was behind Little’s killing, but no one knows for sure. A note pinned to his underwear threatened, "Others take notice: first and last warning," along with the numbers 3-7-77, the calling card of frontier vigilantes.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Courtesy Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare says the Montana Nurses Association released “blatantly false information” when it announced Wednesday it was filing charges against Kalispell Regional for allegedly violating federal worker rights laws.

Kathleen Williams speaks at the Labor Day Rally in front of workers picketing Imerys America Talc Mill in Three Forks.
Williams For Montana

State politicians and others from around Montana joined union workers locked out of a talc-milling plant in Three Forks for a Labor Day rally Monday.

The workers are going on their fifth week of picketing outside of the Imerys America Talc Mill after failed contract negotiations.

Out-of-state conservative free market groups have set up campaigns offering Montana public employees a guided path to abandoning organized labor.

This following a June U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring so-called “Right-to-Work” policies. The ruling said that public unions could no longer require non-union employees to pay what’s known as agency fees. 

Locked-out Imerys America employees at the talc mill in Three Forks, MT. August 24, 2018.
Montana AFL-CIO


A labor dispute continues at a Montana talc-milling company.

The state’s top elected officials are rallying behind the 35 unionized workers now locked out of their Three Forks plant.

 Signs stacked inside the headquarters of the newly formed Montana Federation Of Public Employees. Union organizers campaigned for union membership before the US Supreme Court ruling concerning labor union membership.
Corin Cates-Carney

A U.S. Supreme court decision expected in the coming weeks could deal a big blow to Montana’s public sector unions. The decision could make Montana a so-called ‘Right-to-Work’ state in the public sector, costing the state’s biggest union membership, revenue, and bargaining power.

Good Jobs Missoula

Aug 8, 2014

Everyone would like to see Missoula get more good jobs – jobs that pay well, offer good benefits, provide access to quality health care and a secure retirement.

Most people will say that the particular good jobs Missoula needs are in the high tech, manufacturing, natural resource extraction and construction sectors. Indeed, jobs in these sectors tend to offer workers most of the very things that define a “good job.”