Cleveland Cliffs

ISHPEMING, MI--   Cleveland Cliffs, Incorporated and the United Steelworkers Union have reached a tentative contract.

If ratified, the new contract will cover about 1,800 workers at the Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan and the United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota.

Cliffs Chairman, President and CEO Lourenco Goncalves says the company acknowledges the sacrifices of its employees during recent tough times. He says now that the industry is prospering, Cliffs is looking to give workers their fair share.

CLEVELAND, OH--   State Representative Sara Cambensy and a delegation of U.P. leaders met with Cleveland Cliffs officials in Cleveland Thursday. 

LANSING, MI--   Two U.P. lawmakers urged the Michigan Senate to encourage Cleveland Cliffs to reopen the Empire Mine. 

Representative Sara Cambensy and Senator Tom Casperson testified in front of the Senate Natural Resources Committee Wednesday. They both authored a resolution encouraging the company to come back to Marquette County instead of building a new mine in Minnesota.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Sara Cambensy has introduced a resolution encouraging the state to show support for Cleveland Cliffs, Incorporated. 

CCI is deciding whether it should reopen the Empire Mine or build a new mining operation in Minnesota. Cambensy says Cleveland Cliffs has been a pillar of the region’s economy for more than 170 years, and continued investment in the Marquette Iron Range would benefit the area’s families, cities, and townships.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Cleveland Cliffs is trying to decide if it should build a new mining operation in 

Minnesota or reopen the Empire Mine, and a Marquette agency is trying to tip the scales in the U.P.’s favor.

The Lake Superior Community Partnership has created on online petition. In part, it says CCI makes up a portion of the u-p’s heritage and culture and has significantly contributed to the economy and lives of the region’s citizens. The petition states “We stand strong in our commitment to mining and urge Cleveland Cliffs to expand operations in Michigan.”