July 23, 2015 08:20 PM
Finally, some positive news for the mining industry.
The laid off steelworkers from Minntac's Local 1938 are being recalled within the next few weeks, according to the union. Lawmakers confirmed their start date is expected to be in September.
"I think overall this is good, positive news right now. Initially the company was talking about being up and running in early fall as the best case scenario," said Rep. Jason Metsa, of Virginia.
U.S. Steel had started a partial shutdown of its largest taconite plant at the beginning of June. Approximately 400 people were laid off, and the remaining workers were on a 32-hour week schedule.
About 70 maintenance folks have just returned to the plant. Which leaves about 300 who are still on layoff.
"I feel confident people will be back to work, and families will be getting needed paychecks as we roll into back to school time," Metsa added.
U.S. Steel's other facility, Keetac, remains in idle mode with about half of their workforce on layoff. Union leaders from there are hopeful they get call back notices soon as well.
Updated: July 23, 2015 08:20 PM
Created: July 23, 2015 03:16 PM
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