"...Lazalde and Robert Moore, an attorney representing Grupo in Asarco's bankruptcy case, met with The Republic to discuss Grupo's plans for Asarco, how it is responding to worries from community members and the status of union negotiations.
High on its to-do list is addressing concerns of the United Steelworkers, which represents about 1,700 Asarco workers. Grupo has until Jan. 15 to present a comprehensive proposal to the union outlining what it would offer in a new contract.
The union's current contract expires in June. Grupo has offered to extend the contract for a year, but the union wants a three-year extension to 2013 similar to its negotiated deal with Sterlite."