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Help Support the Workers Locked Out of their Jobs in Three Forks

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On August 2, the French-owned Imerys Corporation locked out workers at its talc plant in Three Forks after workers there refused to accept a new contract that would have drastically undermined the economic health of the workers and their community.

While the plant generates a profit of $1,000,000 a month, the corporation believes workers should lose retiree health insurance, overtime protections, and the pension plans that secure their future after retirement.

As the workers and their families picket and fight for their rights, it’s important to let them know we’ve got their backs.

One easy way to help support the workers and their families is to donate a few bucks to the GoFundMe account set up to support the Boilermakers Union Local 239 and their families.

This is one of the six ways the Peoples’ Voice suggests we help:

1. Call Imyres and tell them to end the lockout
?(406) 404-0422

2. Join the picket line
Our Union Brothers and Sisters, their families, and neighbors will be picketing everyday at the entrances to the Imerys Talc Plant in Three Forks.Where to go:
2150 Bench Rd, Three Forks, MT 59752

3. Give to the Boilermakers’ GoFundMe

Click Here >>>

4. Give Imyres a 1-star review on Facebook

Visit Imerys on Facebook and let them now you support the Union!

5. Write a letter-to-the-editor
Click HERE for the Bozeman Chronicle’s submission form.

6. Spread the Word on Twitter and Facebook
Use the hashtag #StandWithThreeForks

Governor Bullock and Senator Tester have lent their voices to support the cause of these workers and their community, but important as those are, I’m sure the workers will appreciate more support from ordinary Montanans who understand that we need to push back against corporate greed and efforts to exploit the labor of these workers and their good faith efforts to negotiate.

Our Montana communities depend on decent pay and working conditions for the men and women who shop in our stores, eat in our cafes, and build the connections that keep us united. Let’s make sure the workers in Three Forks know we’re behind them.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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