Two Iron Range taconite plants bracing for strike as soon as Saturday

Union contracts at Hibbing Taconite and Union Taconite expire at midnight Friday night. The Steelworkers union is negotiating with Cliffs Natural Resources at talks underway in Pittsburgh. But labor leaders say a strikes are possible beginning Saturday and Cliffs says replacement workers are standing by.
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Union contracts at Hibbing Taconite and Union Taconite expire at midnight Friday night. The Steelworkers union is negotiating with Cliffs Natural Resources at talks underway in Pittsburgh. But labor leaders say a strikes are possible beginning Saturday and Cliffs says replacement workers are standing by.

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