October 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hibbing, MI – Almost one year to the day after their last contract expired, the United Steelworkers ratified a three-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources, officials of the iron-ore company announced Sept. 29.
The deal, retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015, will run through September 30, 2018. It covers about 2,000 union workers employed at Cliffs’ United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines and processing plants in northeastern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range and at two iron-ore mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It does not cover workers at Cliffs’ two nonunion mines in Minnesota. The contract came after a year in which the company temporarily shut down operations at several sites and laid off almost 1,000 workers. It means Cliffs will continue its operations in both Michigan and the Iron Range into 2018, company officials said. Read more