Thursday, August 30, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Steelworker contacts tell me this negotiation session has been unlike previous ones in that very little news has come home from the tables out East. Threats of temporary workers at Cliffs Natural Resource properties were met with strike tents and preparations for pickets by the Steelworkers. Word is that it is Arcelor-Mittal, owner of Inland, is the one driving the hardest bargain. U.S. Steel is also involved in the discussions.
No replacement workers have been seen on the Range as of last night. To me, it seems a strike with such strong market demand for taconite right now is highly unlikely. But there are subtle wars going on for the future of labor on the Range, and that is no small thing.
I'll be on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit live at 10 a.m. Friday talking about the labor situation and the condition of the labor movement in northern Minnesota. Tune in on the MPR News network or at MPRNews.org.