ArcelorMittal Quebec Ore Operations Grind to Halt Amid Union Contract Rejection

An ArcelorMittal raw ore train heads from Fire Lake Mine to the processor at Fermont, Quebec behind an AMMC SD70ACe locomotive.

11.May – Port Cartier, QC – The United Steelworkers have rejected a final offer from ArcelorMittal at its operations in Port Cartier and Fermont, Quebec, signaling a strike action by the union.

The resulting strike has temporarily halted the movement and processing of the Ring of Fire iron ore from Fermont to Port Cartier, QC.  A last-chance meeting was organized by the conciliator between ArcelorMittal and the Steelworkers Union on Friday, 7.May, and the mining company submitted a final and comprehensive offer to the 2,500 workers.

Steelworkers bargaining committees recommend that members reject the offer.

Local 6869 of the union, which represents workers on the mining railway between Port-Cartier and Fermont, is organizing the operation of its picket line on its Facebook page.