Steelworkers Ratify Contracts at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Mines

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The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new, four-year contract covering roughly 2,000 members of four local unions at Cleveland-Cliffs’ mines in Minnesota and Michigan.

USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez, who chaired the negotiations, said the four-year contract features significant wage and benefit improvements, as well as Cliffs’ commitment to invest in the future of the USW represented facilities.

“Our work will be more prosperous and our jobs more secure with the new contract in place,” Ramirez said. “Out contract ensures that the standard of living for USW members, our families and communities will continue to improve.

Separately, about 12,000 USW members at thirteen Cliffs’ steel facilities currently are voting on a four-year tentative agreement. The USW will complete the ratification procedure on Oct. 12, 2022, when local union election tellers will travel to Pittsburgh to count ballots. 

The USW (on the web at represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, service, tech and academic occupations.

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