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Thu October 11, 2012
Tentative deal in place for United Steelworkers union
CLEVELAND, OH-- Cliffs Natural Resources and the United Steelworkers of America have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering union workers in Minnesota and Michigan.
Cliffs and the Steelworkers announced the tentative deal Wednesday. Negotiations began Monday in Duluth.
Cliffs says the proposed three-year contract would cover about 2,400 Steelworkers at the company's Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota. No details were released.
The old contract expired September 1, but the two sides agreed to extend the contact with no strike and no lockout without at least 48 hours' notice from either side.
Members of the United Steelworkers approved a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel last month. ArcelorMittal USA also reached a tentative agreement with Steelworkers last month.