USW heads back to bargaining table with U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal

From strike authorization votes to solidarity rallies, lately contracts have been on the minds of many in the mining industry.

While Cleveland-Cliffs finalized a contract with United Steelworkers, there are still thousands of union members still waiting on a new contract.

USW and U.S. Steel have been sitting across the bargaining table from eachother for months, but the last round of negotiations seemed to bring some progress.

U.S. Steel runs Minntac and Keetac on the Iron Range.

This week the union is back in Pittsburgh in hopes of coming to an agreement on a contract.

John Arbogast, Union President for Local 1938 representing Minntac, said Tuesday while they are making progress, there is still a long ways to go.

Meanwhile, It’s been three months since United Steelworkers began contract talks with ArcelorMittal.

July 9th is when negotiations started and since then union leaders say little progress has been made.

Harold Anderson, Union President for the Minorca Mine in Virginia, is in Pittsburgh with other union leaders right now trying to finalize a contract.

CBS 3 spoke to Anderson Tuesday about how negotiations are going.

“We are still negotiating in Pittsburgh. We are working hard to get the contract our members earned and deserve,” said Anderson.

He added that, at this point, he is unsure when union leaders will return from Pittsburgh.

Kristen Vake

Kristen Vake

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