Saturday, September 01, 2012 By Aaron Brown
At issue are company demands for a two-tiered pay scale (reducing pay for new workers) the loss of pensions for new workers and large increases in the cost of retiree health care. The union opposes these changes. Iron Range mines are operating near peak capacity after two very strong, profitable years for the industry.
Perhaps a couple days off will help negotiations. But Sunday's Labor Day picnic noon-5 p.m. at Olcott Park in Virginia, MN ought to be a feisty place if you're looking to get into the holiday spirit.