Support Locked-Out Workers of the Rio Tinto Borax mine


May 7, 2010 by The Mormon Worker

The Mormon Worker is asking readers/supporters to fast on Sunday, May 9 (or whatever day you can) to help raise money to support workers from the Rio Tinto Borax mine in California.

Mormon Bishop Brady Martz speaking at a pro-union rally on the first day of the lock out

Rio Tinto imposed a lockout in January of this year to force workers to accept a concessionary contract that would destroy their union. Donations go to help families get by while they are unable to work due to the lockout. The workers are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 30.

There is a strong Mormon presence in the union. 7 of the locked-out union members are Mormons from the same LDS congegration, and two of the 10 union members on the negotiating team are Mormons.

In the Mormon church, fasting traditionally involves skipping a few meals on the first Sunday of the month and then donating the money saved to the poor. In this case, fasting might also involve staying in rather than going to the movies this weekend, eating at home rather than going to a restaurant for dinner, or packing a lunch to work for a few days rather than eating fast food.

We are hoping to raise funds which we can then send to the union on behalf of the Mormon Worker. To donate, you can send money to the Mormon Worker via paypal, using our email address:

If you do not already have a paypal account, just look for the “Send Money” link at the bottom of the homepage, and follow the instructions.

If you would rather send a check directly to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, for benefit of the workers, you can find details of how to do so here.

You can read more about the lock-out in this article.

Lets show some solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the ILWU.

In Solidarity,
The Mormon Worker


7 thoughts on “Support Locked-Out Workers of the Rio Tinto Borax mine

  1. Kate says:

    Great idea!!!

  2. Tod Robbins says:

    Thanks for the heads up. They’ll be in my thoughts and actions.

  3. nat kelly says:

    a bishop speaking at a union rally?!

    I can now die happy.

    I’m going to donate directly to their site. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  4. nat kelly says:

    Actually, they don’t have an option to donate online, so I’ll paypal it to you guys. I didn’t know paper checks still existed. 🙂

  5. R.D. Vanderpool says:

    I am 1 of 570 locked-out workers(FAMILIES). Thank you for support and the sacrifices made by your membership. Your prayers, as well as the prayers from the local Christian organizations in our communities have been answered! ILWU Local 30 ratified a very acceptable contract with a few minor concessions. We will all go back on the payroll Monday, May 17.

  6. Derek Dewar says:

    I am 1 of 570 locked-out workers(FAMILIES). Thank you for support and all that you did.

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