Iron Ore Alliance celebrates 10 years of advocating for the mining industry

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For 10 years now, the United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel have been working together in a partnership called the Iron Ore Alliance.

The co-chairs weighed in on this milestone with us on Tuesday, saying it’s an honor to be part of this.

John Arbogast, from the USW, said, “I’m pretty lucky to be following in the footsteps of Bob Bratulich and John Rebrovich. It’s a special thing, this alliance.”

Fellow co-chair, Chris Masciantonio from U.S. Steel, added, “Just representing the mining industry, and U.S. Steel facilities, it’s really important what we do in Minnesota. And to be a small part through the Iron Ore Alliance is very rewarding.”

The two sides may not agree on everything, but they advocate together on big issues, like the environment and permitting, along with supporting the workforce and the Range communities.

They focus on education, and making sure others know about the industry. That includes testifying about bills at the legislature.

Arbogast added, “When I explain how the company and union work together, it goes a long ways with legislators. Not only from the Iron Range, but down in the cities as well. They really like the fact that we have this alliance, which is unique in the entire country.”