Memorandum of understanding

$444K?to be distributed among 100 Cliffs employees

MARQUETTE — As the result of an agreement signed Friday, more than $444,000 will be distributed among 100 Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. employees in the coming weeks.

The agreement was signed by representatives of the United Steelworkers Local 4950 (Empire Mine), USW Local 4974, and Tilden Mine as well as Cliffs Area Manager for Human Resources Troy Sarles.

Online posts made Friday on the USW Local 4974 and 4950 Facebook pages confirmed the agreement, although multiple requests for comment were not returned by Cliffs or USW representatives.

According to the Facebook posts on both USW pages, the agreement is more than a monetary victory.

“The massive amount of work within the Michigan mines that was proven to be our work and will continue to be our work is, in reality, a much larger win than the dollars being paid out by Cleveland-Cliffs,” the Local 4950 Facebook page states.

The dates governed in the agreement are not spelled out, but involve two separate incidents.

According to a memorandum of understanding for the make-whole resolution, those affected by the outcome of the arbitration would be granted benefit continuation, “to make employees whole as if they had actually worked during the weeks at issue.”

Benefits could include an adjusted layoff date, insurance continuation, pension adjustments, extension of recall rights, profit-sharing credit for hours they would have worked, sub credit, and any additional vacation employees would have received under the labor agreement.

The agreement also requires that any Michigan Unemployment Administration payments or Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan allocations should be paid to employees affected by the agreement.

The detailed spreadsheets showing individual payouts will be available at union meetings and at each union office at the mine, the Facebook post states, and the exact date of the payout will be posted as soon as the locals are notified.