August 10, 2020 — As part of a comprehensive settlement of unfair labor practice charges approved today by the National Labor Relations Board, Nevada Gold Mines, LLC, a joint venture of Newmont USA Ltd. and Barrick Gold Corp., has agreed to recognize International Union Operating Engineers Local 3 and honor the 2019-2022 collective bargaining agreement between Local 3 and Newmont. Local 3 filed unfair labor practice charges after Nevada Gold Mines withdrew recognition from the Union, which since 1965 has represented Newmont’s employees at its Nevada mines that are included in the joint venture, and unilaterally altered the former Newmont workers’ terms and conditions of work.
Region 32 of the NLRB issued a complaint on Local 3’s charges in March 2020, setting a trial before an administrative law judge that was to have commenced in September. In addition, the full NLRB authorized Region 32 to file a petition for injunctive relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The injunctive relief sought would have required Nevada Gold Mines to recognize the Union, reinstate the collective bargaining agreement, and rescind its unilateral changes to covered employees’ terms and conditions of work at the Union’s request. The Union appeared in the federal court proceedings as amicus curiae, and has worked closely with the NLRB’s attorneys in preparing the unfair labor practice case for trial.
Shortly before a scheduled hearing on the NLRB’s injunction petition, Nevada Gold Mines agreed to settle all litigation. Under the terms of the settlement approved today, Nevada Gold Mines will recognize the Union; comply with the terms of the 2019-2022 collective bargaining agreement; rescind unilateral changes to employees’ working conditions at the Union’s request; and reinstate and make whole a defined benefit pension plan that the company had terminated.
Altshuler Berzon LLP represented the Union in this litigation.