- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The Navajo Nation has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America for the union to represent 1,300 tribal employees.

The Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1Ffg3SL ) that the agreement announced Monday was ratified in a mail-in ballot vote by employees earlier in the summer.

The tribe now agrees to recognize the union under the agreement as the only collective bargaining agent regarding wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Bob Butero, Region IV organizing director, says the three-year agreement was finalized after 15 years of negotiations. The agreement was signed by former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly last year and was reviewed by employees before the vote this summer.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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