AFL-CIO CONVENTION DELEGATES ADOPT NATIONAL POLICY SUPPORTING THE FORESTS AND FAMILIES PROTECTION ACT
AFL-CIO CONVENTION DELEGATES ADOPT NATIONAL POLICY SUPPORTING
THE FORESTS AND FAMILIES PROTECTION ACT
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Representing 14.2 million workers throughout the country, delegates to the biannual AFL-CIO convention in Detroit unanimously approved a resolution calling for enactment of the Forests and Families Protection Act (H.R. 2463/ S. 1156).
By endorsing this legislation, the delegates reaffirmed organized labor's support for a balanced solution to the timber supply crisis in the Pacific Northwest and northern California. In August of 1991, AFL-CIO officials testified in a favor of the bill before Congress, arguing that a solution to the timber crisis must balance environmental protection with economic stability. The convention is the first meeting of union delegates since federation officials provided their testimony.
Sigurd Lucassen, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), praised the passage of the resolution as, "a strong and much welcomed signal of support for threatened forest products workers, their families and communities, who need a dependable supply of timber for survival."
"The 600,000 members of the Carpenters union appreciate the support of our sister unions of the AFL-CIO," said Lucassen. "The timber supply crisis not only affects forest products workers, it extends to secondary employment in other industries, ranging from construction to manufacturing to the public sector. The passage of this resolution displays labor's solidarity on this important issue. Our union looks forward to working closely with the national AFL-CIO, state labor federations and local union bodies to ensure that each member of Congress understands the effect of the timber supply issue on jobs and families."
Bill Hubbell, president of the International Woodworkers of America, U.S., also applauded the delegates' support of the legislation. "With this resolution," said Hubbell, "the working people of the United States have sent a strong message to the Congress: We demand that our public officials pursue a federal timber policy that balances environmental concerns with economic needs. We believe the Forests and Families Protection Act provides this balance. It offers Congress a workable solution to the forest management crisis and serves as a model for addressing other issues where environmental and economic priorities compete."
The act, currently under consideration in Congress, would establish an old-growth reserve system in the Northwest; provide protection for the spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act; provide stability for the federal timber sales program; and create a safety net of worker assistance and retraining programs for displaced workers in timber-dependent communities.
Convention delegates also passed a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The resolution called for reauthorization of the ESA, adding that the act should be amended to require "qualified and competent" human and economic impact analyses to "protect threatened species while minimizing economic dislocation and job losses."
/CONTACT: Denny Scott of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 202-546-6206; or Beth Daina Birke of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, 202-452-9437, for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America/ CO: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU: LEG DC -- DC025 -- 4548 11/18/91 14:45 EST