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Mine strike ends in Mullan, Idaho

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 16:45:22-05

After more than 1,000 days of stalemate, the lengthy strike at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho is ending.

The dispute between the United Steel Workers and Hecla Mining started in March 2017, when more than 200 workers walked out over changes in work assignments, benefits and other contract issues.

A tentative deal in mid-December failed to win approval .

But now, the Shoshone News Express reports the union has accepted a deal ending the walkout by a vote of 86-to-78.

Hecla had said it hopes to get the mine west of Lookout Pass back to full production by the end of the year.