Monday, November 19, 2007 By Aaron Brown
Iron Range Steelworkers prepare for contract talks
By Lee Bloomquist
Duluth News Tribune
Published Monday, November 19, 2007
Iron Range Steelworkers, whose labor contracts expire in nine months, already are bracing for the worst.
“A lot of people shot an extra deer this year, just in case,” said Mike Maleska, president of United Steelworkers Local 6860 at United Taconite in Eveleth and Forbes.
Labor agreements covering about 4,000 Iron Range Steelworkers expire Sept. 1, 2008.
With iron ore and steel companies reporting record revenues and demand for iron ore pellets remaining strong, negotiations are likely to be intense.