You may have seen the signs… Local unions are preparing to head to the bargaining table.

According to their website, The United Steelworkers union representing Local 4974-Tilden Mining and Local 4950-Empire Mining will begin bargaining with Cliffs Natural Resources next week.

The bargaining committee requested information from Cliffs so they can prepare, but they say they are still waiting on additional documents.

USW says that the committee met in Ishpeming on August 18th to begin hammering out the details for their agenda. They say they will travel to Pittsburgh for bargaining on September 8th and say they will hold union–only meetings on September 9th before formal talks begin on the 10th or 11th. The local union says that contract will expire on October 1st.

The USW declined to comment at this time.

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