IOC mine in Labrador City

Rio Tinto, the owner of the mine in Labrador City, has announced Kelly Sanders will become president and CEO of the company next week. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

The largest iron ore mine in Canada will soon have a new president and CEO at the helm.

The Labrador City mine, which is managed by the Rio Tinto Iron Ore group,‚Äč has announced Kelly Sanders will take over the role effective July 1.

'We have over 2,000 grievances referred to arbitration and that's just totally disgraceful.'- Ron Thomas

Sanders succeeds Zoe Yujnovich, who held the position for four years. 

Ron Thomas, president of local 5795 of the United Steelworkers of America, said he's hoping for a fresh start.

"There hasn't been much of a relationship with the company now for the last ... I'd say three years probably. We're just hoping that the new individual, the new CEO Kelly Sanders, I hope that the relationship starts to build and get better," Thomas told CBC. 

Thomas said a new president means a new approach to employee relationships at the IOC mine.

"We have over 2,000 grievances referred to arbitration and that's just totally disgraceful. I mean, you don't hear that from any company around. So all we're doing is hoping [that] when Kelly Sanders comes in he wants to sit down and meet with the union and hopefully going forward we can have a better relationship." 

Sanders was most recently responsible for the acquisition of heavy equipment machinery for Rio Tinto.

Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Kennecott Utah Copper.