Optimism amid uncertain Iron Range future

Posted December 8, 2016

Optimism amid uncertain Iron Range future

by Michelle Alfini, KBJR

A glimmer of hope for miners as the U.S. Steel CEO voiced his optimism about the future of the industry.

U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi said in an interview  on CNBC Wednesday that up to 10,000 jobs could be coming back. However, U.S. Steel later clarified he wasn’t just talking about  U.S. Steel Workers and he didn’t mean all this would happen overnight.

It’s not ideal news for the hundreds of KeeTac employees who have been out of work for more than a year and a half. According to the president of Steelworkers local union 2660, Cliff Tobey, this is the longest continuous shutdown the Keewatin plant has seen in its history.

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