Talon Metals partners with Steelworkers union to advance Tamarack nickel project
(Kitco News) - Talon Metals (TSX:TLO) and the United Steelworkers union (USW) today announced a ground-breaking new workforce development partnership to advance the Tamarack Nickel Project in Tamarack, Minnesota, USA.
As part of the agreement, the USW will work collaboratively with Talon management to plan for the potential production and maintenance workforce required at the Tamarack Nickel Project and develop a strategic plan for future recruitment. It is currently expected that the Tamarack Nickel Project would likely create 500 full-time high paying jobs.
The USW and Talon will work with skills development institutions in the region to provide localized skills training to build the future workforce needed to ensure that the Tamarack Nickel Project is a key contributor to the EV battery supply chain in the US. As part of the collaboration agreement, Talon has agreed to remain neutral during any organizing efforts by the USW at the Tamarack Nickel Project.
The Tamarack Nickel Project, located 54 miles west of Duluth, is the only undeveloped high-grade nickel deposit in the US with the prospect to create an integrated US-based nickel supply chain for the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Domestic nickel production for the battery supply chain has been a priority for both the Biden and Trump Administrations. Talon has an earn-in to acquire up to 60% of the Tamarack Project.
The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.