Thompson Creek Announces Union Obtains Certification at Endako Mine
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TORONTO, July 26 /CNW/ - Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. ("Company"), one of the world's largest publicly traded, pure molybdenum producers, today announced that employees at the Company's Endako Mine ("Mine") located 120 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Prince George, British Columbia, have received union certification.
Voting took place on May 26 and 28, 2010, with voter turnout of approximately 90%. Of the 231 eligible employees who voted, 127 voted in favor of representation by the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, Local No. 1-424 ("Union") and 104 voted against. On July 22, 2010, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board certified the Union to represent the employees in the mine, milling and maintenance departments. The Mine expects to receive a notice to bargain in the near future.
Bill Mracek, Vice President and General Manager of the Endako Mine, stated "The Endako management team looks forward to meeting with the Union and bargaining in good faith to reach a collective agreement to continue to operate the Mine in the same way it has since the Mine was last unionized in the 1980's, namely in a fair, flexible and cost-effective manner."
Thompson Creek operates and owns a 75% joint venture interest in the Endako mine.
About Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.
Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded, pure molybdenum producers in the world. The Company owns the Thompson Creek open-pit molybdenum mine and mill in Idaho, a metallurgical roasting facility in Langeloth, Pennsylvania and a 75% share of the Endako open-pit mine, mill and roasting facility in northern British Columbia. Thompson Creek is evaluating the Mount Emmons Deposit, a high-grade underground molybdenum deposit near Crested Butte, Colorado. Thompson Creek has an option to acquire up to 75% of the property. The Company is continuing to pursue permitting of the Davidson Deposit, a high-grade underground molybdenum deposit near Smithers, B.C. The Company has approximately 750 employees. Its principal executive office is in Denver, Colorado, and it also has an office in Toronto, Ontario. More information is available at www.thompsoncreekmetals.com.
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