February 20, 2009

Minntac to lay off half its work force

U.S. Steel Corp. has notified workers at its Minntac[,MN] mine that it will cut production in the next two to three weeks. As a result, about 50 percent of the work force — 500 union and 90 salaried management employees — will be indefinitely laid off.

Minntac, near Mountain Iron, employs about 1,100 union workers and about 180 people in salaried management positions. The mine has five taconite processing lines, but just four are operating. In the coming weeks, the number of operating lines will be cut to two.

Source: Duluth News Tribune

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