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Fri September 7, 2012
Cliffs, Steelworkers to resume talks in Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers of America resume contract talks in Duluth next month.
The two sides failed to reach a new contract by the September 1 deadline. But they agreed to extend the contact with no strike and no lockout without at least 48 hours' notice from either side.
A Steelworkers spokesman in Pittsburgh tells the Duluth News Tribune that agreement will remain in place — with workers on the job — at least until the two sides meet October 8 in Duluth.
The talks affect about 455 workers at United Taconite in Eveleth, 675 at Hibbing Taconite and 1,300 at Cliff's Empire and Tilden operations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Negotiations remain stalled between the union and ArcelorMittal, which owns the Minorca taconite facility near Virginia.