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Tentative Contract Agreement is Reached Between U.S. Steel and Unions

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2012 Updated Sep 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) --- U.S. Steel has reached a tentative contract extension with its union, United Steelworkers of America.

On Sunday, the company announced the three-year labor contract that would cover 16,000 employees nationally, including workers at two U.S. Steel mines on the Iron Range; Minntac and Keetac.

Together, the two mines employ more than 1,600 union members.

The USW union must now approve the terms of the agreement.

A spokesperson from U.S. Steel says details in the contract will available after the ratification process is complete.

Negotiations have been underway since June.

In a statement Sunday, U.S. Steel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John P. Surma said, "We are pleased that a tentative agreement was reached with the United Steelworkers on a competitive three-year contract. We believe that this agreement is in the best interests of our company, our employees and all of our stakeholders."

Meanwhile, Labor talks continue between steelworkers and two other companies with mines on the Iron Range.

Negotiations between Cliffs Natural Resources and their unions have been put on hold for the weekend.

Mining operations continue at the Hibbing and United Taconite mines as well as Cliffs Empire and Tilden operations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The contracts for more than 2,000 union workers expired Friday, at midnight.

This new contract says the union won't strike and the company won't lock workers out without giving the other party written notice 48 hours in advance.

U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal also continue negotiations.

Contracts expired Saturday just before midnight.

On Friday, union leaders said they are not planning an immediate strike.

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