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Steelworkers ratify 3-year pact with U.S. Steel

Members of the United Steelworkers have approved a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel. The union said in a statement Friday that members ratified the contract by a margin of about four to one. The new contract includes workers at Minntac in ...

Members of the United Steelworkers have approved a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel.

The union said in a statement Friday that members ratified the contract by a margin of about four to one. The new contract includes workers at Minntac in Mountain Iron and Keetac in Keewatin, which employ a combined 1,620 union members.

Both sides of the negotiating team had announced the agreement earlier this month.

The union said the contract provides for 4.5 percent in wage increases over the next three years and protects health care benefits for retirees. In addition to workers on the Iron Range, it covers more than 16,000 workers in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Steelworkers also reached a tentative agreement with ArecelorMittal USA earlier this month on a new three-year contract covering nearly 14,000 workers in eight states, including about 300 workers at the Minorca mine and processing center outside Virginia. That contract is pending a ratification vote.

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Union negotiators are slated to resume talks with Cliffs Natural Resources in Duluth on Oct. 8 on a contract covering about 2,400 workers at factories in Minnesota and Michigan. Cliffs employs about 455 union workers at United Taconite in Eveleth, 675 at Hibbing Taconite and 1,300 at the company's Empire and Tilden operations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Cliffs also operates non-union Northshore Mining.

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