I am sure the article is in error. This is just the umpteenth repeat of a Reuters text. None of these repeats is doing any journalism. Just repeat copying a single post.
It is not the Freeport workers who are demanding pay for the time they were on strike. If that was the case, it would have been in the original settlement agreement between the Union and Freepoert.
The people who are demanding pay are workers at the shipping port who were idled during the freeport strike because there was no material to ship, because mine operations had stopped. That's a more ambiguous situation and it often occurs during US strikes when a shortage of parts idles a non-striking factory, even though workers are ready to work.
Very likely, if contract workers are on salary, some portion of pay is guaranteed by law, whether there is work or not. Pay for these workers, who are not in the union of mine workers, and are not Freeport workers, is the issue, and I think the union wants to win their membership with this show of support.
And also likely is that some of the port workers had tried to disrupt shipping, and were fired because they supported the mine workers union.
Wow Ray.....per the attached it does appear you are correct. How broken is that? This issue could linger for quite some time possibly. Coming from FCX's most important property this is not good. If investors catch on to this the stock should go much lower until this bad situation is worked out.