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Back to work: Some Keetac miners set to return Wednesday

KEEWATIN, MN -- The first wave of union members at Keewatin Taconite will be back on the job Wednesday morning.

This comes after almost six months of layoffs for the nearly 400 workers.
Keetac, a mining operation owned by U.S. Steel, was shutdown as the pandemic took a toll on the steel industry.

After learning of Keetac's restart, union president, Dan Pierce, told CBS 3 his members are ready to get back to work.

"It takes a lot of stress off families to get back to work and do what we do best and that's mining," said Pierce.

As COVID-19 cases rise on the Iron Range, Pierce said the union will be taking recommended precautions and following health guidelines.

Pierce told CBS 3 all union members should be back on the job by the first week of December.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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