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Steelworkers Ratify New Labor Contract with Cleveland-Cliffs

Updated: October 11, 2018 10:28 PM

Cleveland-Cliffs and its unions have a new labor contract. The steelworkers announced Thursday evening that they ratified the four-year agreement, which covers about 1800 people. 

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Cliffs owns United Taconite in Eveleth and Forbes, and partially owns Hibbing Taconite. Both are union. Northshore, their other wholly owned facility in Minnesota, is non-union. They also own Empire and Tilden in Michigan.

RELATED: Cliffs, Union Have Tentative Labor Agreement 

The update from the USW said that the agreement has significant wage increases and maintains their benefits. It also added that this was achieved thanks to solidarity from the members.

Cliffs usually settles after the larger two companies, U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal. But not this time. They started negotiating after them, and now the agreement is ratified. The agreement was reached back on September 29th, two days before the expiration of the 2015 contract.

ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel are still negotiating with their unions.

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