PREFERENTIAL HIRING

CRAFT POSITIONS

If you have completed a preferential hiring form and are interested in applying for craft positions at United Taconite or Hibbing Taconite, please apply for those positions on the Cliffs Natural Resources website.

jobs.cliffsnaturalresources.com

OR

www.cliffsnaturalresources.com

Click on Careers, Job Locations and select Minnesota Jobs

A representative from the Minnesota mines will be at NMU on Friday, September 2, 2016 administering craft written testing for those employees who qualify. If you would like to be considered for this local test date, please apply by 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The United Taconite or Hibbing Taconite Human Resources Department will contact you directly for testing if you qualify. Employees can still apply after this date but you may need to travel for testing.

The following positions are listed on the Cliffs website:

United Taconite LLC:

Maintenance Mechanic Journeyman (Plant Repairperson)

Weldor Journeyman

Electronic Technician Journeyman (performs work of Electronic Repairman and Field Electrician)

Sheetmetal Worker Journeyman

Automotive Mechanic Journeyman

Plant Operations & Maintenance Technician

Hibbing Taconite

Automotive/Diesel Mechanic

Mine/Plant Equipment Operators

A tentative agreement has been reached and will be brought back with support of your committees for a positive ratification vote. It resembles the pattern agreements of US Steel and ArcelorMittal in protecting healthcare plan design for all active and retirees. We rolled the retirees monthly premium back to a reasonable rate and continued the active healthcare without a monthly premium. Some of the positive economics of the pattern were gained at Cliffs in a signing bonus that will be paid to include our brothers and sisters shifting to a permanent layoff status this summer with the indefinite idling of the Empire Mine. We will attempt to keep the economic details in the hands of Steelworker and out of social media. A full summary will be mailed to all members for review prior to the ratification vote.

From our Facebook page

USW & Cliffs have reached a tentative agreement w/ recommendation from all 4 local union presidents. Your solidarity was key! Watch for details early next week.

NEWS ADVISORY

August 19, 2016

BOXED IN: DOCUMENTARY ABOUT “DARK STORES”

IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN MICHIGAN 

A FILM BY NMU PROFESSOR DWIGHT BRADY

 

MARQUETTE PREMIERE:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 7:00PM,
PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Emmy Award winner and NMU professor Dwight Brady has just produced “Boxed In”, a 30-minute documentary about  the “Dark Store” issue in Michigan. The film exposes how Michigan Tax Tribunal decisions have generated a windfall of tax breaks for corporate retailers while severely impacting the revenue and services of local governments.  It premieres at a special event on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Peter White Public Library (Community Room, downstairs), 7:00-8:30 P.M.  Fourteen NMU students were involved in the production.  The film airs on WNMU-TV, September 1, 8:00pm.

For more on the film including a 30-second trailer see: http://boxedin.news/

The premiere is sponsored by the Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share and the BRITE Stores.  The August 24 premiere will include comments by Professor Brady, an update on pending legislation, as well as a progress report on the Marquette community’s BRITE Stores initiative.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Carlson

Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share
(906) 361-4240 (c)
Kathleen Carlson <uprlfcoord@gmail.com>

PLEASE JOIN US!!

ATTENTION

PERSONNEL BEING PLACED ON

LAYOFF COMMENCING

August 28th 2016

The Economic Displacement Committee has scheduled informational meetings on

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 for those with last names beginning with A – K

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 for those with last names beginning with L – Z

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 Open

Please adhere to this schedule so that we can accommodate all in a safe and efficient manner.

Information will be given on the following subjects:

1. Company Benefits

2. MI Works! Including TAA information

3. Unemployment Insurance Agency

It is highly recommended you attend.

The meetings will be held at Ronn Hall, 1206 Baldwin Ave. Negaunee, MI.

All meetings will start at 9 am

Representatives from local Unions, Human Resources, MI Unemployment Agency and MI Works! will be on hand to answer any concerns. Packages with information will be provided for every individual affected by this layoff.

Information/Supplies you will need to bring to the meeting:

1. Personal email address

2. Driver’s License

3. Bank Routing Number and Account Number (Direct deposit is highly recommended)

4. Pen – for taking notes

We strongly encourage you to attend this meeting.

We are told governor Snyder will be at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road, Negaunee at 1:30pm on Friday August 19th to talk about the Empire Mine Closure and how the State of Michigan is going to help lessen the impact of displaced workers and help the local communities. THIS IS CLASSIC LIP SERVICE TO US YOOPERS. We ask all available concerned citizens that support the mining industry in the Upper Penninsula to show up and be heard. Please ask him what has he done to save or extend the mining industry in Michigan? Please ask him if he will be extending his diminutive 20 weeks of unemployment benefits to these miners that have worked for years without collecting unemployment? Please ask him why he feels it is ok to tax our retirees’ benefits they slaved for years to acquire. Please ask him why our roads and highways are in disrepair, disarray and without a plan. Please ask him why it is right for Michigan taxpayers to pay his legal fees regarding his mismanagement of the Flint water crisis? Please show up and ask him WHY he deserves to be addressed as the governor of this great State of Michigan?

THE NERD IS AND HAS BEEN A DEADLY WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING TO THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN MICHIGAN.

Original article from the Local’s Facebook Page

Since 2011, under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the state has spent tens of millions of dollars to slowly implement a computer software program that handles applications filed with the UIA. The effort to curb waste is consistent with a vision posed by Snyder of operating government with a business-minded attitude.

The program — called MiDAS — detects possible fraud by claimants.

The problem, says Blanchard, who represents several plaintiffs in a recently filed federal lawsuit that challenges the UIA’s alleged “robo-adjudication” system, is that apparent lack of human oversight. MiDAS seeks out discrepancies in claimants’ files, according to the lawsuit — and if it finds one, the individuals automatically receive a financial penalty. Then, they’re flagged for fraud.

“The system has resulted in countless unemployment insurance claimants being accused of fraud even though they did nothing wrong,” the suit says.

To read the full article from the Detroit Metro Times click HERE.