- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Union officials say Stillwater Mining Co. has laid off 31 workers.

Sandi Luckey of the Montana AFL-CIO tells the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1jCGFeR ) the workers laid off over the weekend were not members of United Steelworkers local 11-0001.

She says union members were not given notice or explanation for the layoffs.

Stillwater official declined to comment Wednesday before a May 1 call with investors.


The Billings-based company operates palladium and platinum mines in the Beartooth Mountains, the only such mines in the United States.

Shares of Stillwater dropped .04 cents Wednesday to close at $15.38 per share.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com