Cleveland-Cliffs, United Steelworkers reach tentative agreement on new labor contract for Michigan, Minnesota mining operations

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers (USW) announced jointly September 30 a tentative agreement for a new four-year labor contract that was effective October 1. The new contract covers approximately 1,800 USW-represented workers at Cliffs’ Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota.

Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO, said: “We are pleased to reach a new labor contract that is fair and equitable to both parties and provides Cliffs a competitive cost structure for future success. This agreement once again reinforces that we have more in common with the USW than we have differences, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership.”

“Cliffs acknowledges the sacrifices of our members during recent tough times and now that the industry is prospering, looks to give its dedicated workforce its fair share,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Cleveland Cliffs is a fundamental part of the steel industry, and we congratulate them for bargaining seriously to reach a fair agreement.”

The agreement is pending ratification by USW local union memberships. No additional details will be released at this time pending ratification.

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