Arizona steelworkers continue strike despite COVID-19

After more than a decade without a raise, workers are asking for a better contract.

  • Community organizers provide tacos and a movie for a community night at the Silver Bell Mine picket line.

  • A retired union member pickets in solidarity with the USW 915.

  • Asarco Ray Mine in Kearny, Arizona.

  • The sun sets over the picket line outside of the Ray Mine entrance in Kearny, Arizona.

  • The crusher building sits idle at the Asarco complex in Hayden, Arizona.

  • A haul road at the Asarco Ray Mine sees little to no traffic after roughly 800 workers walked out on strike in October of last year.

  • A cross memorializing the death of a miner rests on the edge of the Asarco Ray Mine in Kearny, Arizona.

  • Copper Basin Railway, owned by Asarco/Grupo Mexico, delivers sulfuric acid to the Ray Mine from Mexico. The Hayden Smelter produces acid for the mine, 20 miles away, but has closed due to the ongoing strike.

  • Gregory Romero, USW 915 President, cooks lunch for the workers on strike at the union hall in Kearny, Arizona.

  • Contractors arriving by bus to cross the picket line at the Asarco Ray Mine.

  • List of scabs inside the USW Local 915 union hall.

  • Picketers gather for a community night at the Silver Bell Mine picket line.

  • The children of striking union workers play on the picket line at the Silver Bell Mine outside of Tuscon, Arizona.

  • A contractor crosses the picket line to deliver sulphuric acid to the Silver Bell Mine outside of Tuscon, Arizona. Sulphuric acid has to be brought in by truck since Union Pacific refuses bring trains across the picket line.

  • Work continues inside the South Mill at the Asarco Mission Mine outside of Tucson, Arizona.

  • A scarecrow depicts scabs at the entrance of the Mission Mine outside of Tuscon, Arizona.