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Talks to resume on U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal contracts

The United Steelworkers announced Wednesday that negotiators will return to Pittsburgh next week to resume contract talks with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal.

The United Steelworkers announced Wednesday that negotiators will return to Pittsburgh next week to resume contract talks with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal.

The union had announced Sept. 14 that it was taking a break from the bargaining table with U.S. Steel as the two sides work to negotiate a new contract to replace the one that expired Sept. 1. Talks also broke down between the union and ArcelorMittal. The union and the companies had been in negotiations for much of the summer.

U.S. Steel, which owns and operates Minntac in Mountain Iron and Keetac in Keewatin, is Minnesota's largest iron ore producer. It also is a co-owner of Hibbing Taconite.

ArcelorMittal owns and operates the Minorca mine in Virginia with about 300 employees.

Negotiations continue for union members and Cliffs Natural Resources, which operates Hibbing Taconite, United Taconite and nonunion Northshore Mining in Minnesota as well as two union operations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Empire and Tilden.

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In all, about 4,500 Iron Range employees at five taconite plants are affected by the contract talks.

The United Steelworkers has told its members to keep working under the terms of the previous contracts as negotiations continue.

"Although the parties remain far apart on key issues, we are committed to bargaining a fair agreement," the union said Wednesday in reference to U.S. Steel.

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