MINING MATTERS TO MINNESOTA
The United Steelworkers (USW) has represented tens of thousands of active iron ore miners and retired miners for three generations.
The USW has also fought for decades to protect our land, water and air. We supported the Clean Air Act of 1970 and have long fought for stricter air pollution and fuel-efficiency standards.
Long ago, we realized that any “choice” between good jobs and a clean environment is a false one – we must have both or we will have neither.
That’s why we look forward to working side by side with all stakeholders in Minnesota and across the country to ensure a prosperous future for working families, while also protecting our beautiful natural resources for generations to come.
Minnesota’s iron mines contribute:
The mining industry generates more than $1.8 billion for Minnesota’s economy every year through purchases, wages, taxes and more.
Rechargeable batteries, solar panels, hybrid automobiles and more are all made with the minerals from Minnesota’s mines. We can have good jobs AND a clean environment.
Minnesota’s iron mines provide $60 million annually to all Minnesota K-12 public schools. Nearly 850,000 Minnesota school students depend on mining.
$1.8 billion overall to the state’s economy
$140 million in annual tax revenue
$60 million to all Minnesota K-12 public schools