Picket line formed after Imerys workers locked out

Posted at 9:53 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 23:53:37-04

THREE FORKS – More than 30 employees at the Imerys talc plant in Three Forks have been locked out after voting to reject a contract offer from the company’s owner.

The employees have now formed a picket line outside the mineral processing plant’s gate.

Members of the Three Forks community are also joining the picket line.

A company spokesman, Ryan Toohey, said in a prepared statement: “After repeated attempts to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, Imerys  was deeply disappointed when the Boilermakers rejected our final offer.”

The locked out employees will try to re-enter the plant Friday morning.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.