The Iron Ore Alliance is grateful for the leadership of U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, and U.S. Representative Rick Nolan, who met last week with top administration officials at the White House in an effort to determine what immediate steps can be taken to stop mining and steel industry job losses stemming from declining iron ore prices and unfair dumping of foreign steel. These state leaders understand the importance of Minnesota’s taconite industry. Below are …

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Last Thursday, Keetac workers raised more than $1,200 for a local food shelf through its semiannual gate collection, where employees donate money as they enter the workplace. The funds raised for this gate collection were given to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the food shelf in Nashwauk. In a recent article in the Hibbing Daily Tribune, Dan Pierce, president of United Steelworkers Local 2660, said, “With the recent downturn in the industry and the threats of layoffs here in May, I, as …

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Minnesota’s iron ore mines contribute millions of dollars annually to Minnesota’s Permanent School Fund, which distributes money to every public school in the state. In 2014, U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations contributed more than $37 million in royalty payments to the trust funds. This amounts to 84 percent of the total contributions in 2014.

The Iron Ore Alliance supports proposed legislation that would require publicly funded construction and maintenance projects in Minnesota to give preference to American-manufactured iron, steel, and other manufactured goods. The Iron Range is where the steelmaking process begins, and the region provides high-quality, well-paying jobs to thousands of people. We hope the Minnesota Legislature will support this legislation that is important to the future viability of the taconite mining industry.  

The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota presented the “Taconite Challenge Award” to the Minntac mining operation at the nonprofit’s annual campaign celebration dinner last week.  The traveling trophy is given annually to the mining facility with the highest employee participation in the United Way’s giving campaign.  Minntac, the single largest iron ore pelletizing operation in the United States, is operated by United States Steel Corporation with union members from United Steelworkers Local 1938 and 9115. In 2014, more than 67 …

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The Iron Ore Alliance is pleased that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is continuing its work to determine an appropriate sulfate level standard based on sound science for each body of water in the state. Minnesota’s sulfate water quality standard is a critical issue for the taconite mining industry and Minnesota is the only state in the nation with such a standard.   As the MPCA announced today, it plans to go through formal rulemaking to change the existing …

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