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USW, U.S. Steel hit a snag in layoff minimization negotiations

MT. IRON, MN -- Union leaders for U.S. Steel's Minntac Mine said they've hit a bump in the road with the company as they negotiate a layoff minimization plan.

According to a letter sent to USW Local 1938 members, union leaders met with U.S. Steel officials twice Monday but could not agree on the company's proposed layoff minimization plan.

The letter stated there were two sticking points.

They include what the union called the company's unwillingness to agree to not use contractors for work union members could do themselves during the layoff period.

The union said the company also refuses to use clear language regarding when and if a 32-hour work week could be impemented, and how long it would last.

On Friday, U.S. Steel announced an estimated 260 people will be laid off at its Minntac operation in Mt. Iron, MN.

Layoffs are expected to begin May 10.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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