Cliffs takes break from contract talks, Minn. taconite plants remain open

The owner of two taconite plants in northern Minnesota, Cliffs Natural Resources, sent their team in charge of negotiating union worker's contracts home for the holiday weekend. Cliffs agreed to a short-term extension for current contracts with United Steelworkers Friday and the union decided they will not strike while negotiations continue.
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Cliffs Natural Resources, an owner of two taconite mines in northern Minnesota, is putting employee contract talks on hold so negotiating teams can go home and spend time with family this holiday weekend, WDIO-TV reports. Friday, Cliffs agreed to a short-term extension of current contracts.

U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal continue negotiations in Pittsburgh, the Duluth TV station says.

The United Steelworkers union decided not to strike even if an agreement was not reached by Friday's midnight deadline to avoid plant shutdowns.

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