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HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MOVES TO DEVASTATE TIMBER WORKERS & FAMILIES, CHARGES NORTHWEST LABOR LEADER

 HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MOVES TO DEVASTATE TIMBER WORKERS
 & FAMILIES, CHARGES NORTHWEST LABOR LEADER
 PORTLAND, Ore., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers, issued the following statement today in response to the House Agriculture Committee's vote to report H.R. 4899, co-sponsored by Reps. Harold Volkmer (D-Mo.) and Mike Kopetski (D-Ore.), to the floor of the House of Representatives:
 "Once again, Congress has ignored the needs of tens of thousands of suffering workers in the Pacific Northwest and northern California in deference to the unreasonable, uncompromising, black hearted, big bucks, white collar, preservationist lobby.
 "Congressmen Volkmer and Kopetski's legislation is a one-two knockout punch to our members, their families and communities. First, this bill would reduce timber harvest from federal lands in the region by 67 percent. This reduction will result in the loss of more than 72,000 jobs. Second, the bill doesn't contain any legal sufficiency language to protect our members from unreasonable judicial injunctions of timber sales. Without sufficiency, the bill provides no certainty for the working people in our region.
 "For our workers, this bill is like the emperor's new clothes -- there's nothing there; it does nothing to solve the problem. It doesn't free one log of timber; it doesn't save one job.
 "Our members have suffered far too long. The time to resolve this crisis has long passed. Congress, led by the Northwest delegation, must defeat this legislation and quickly craft a truly balanced, comprehensive legislative solution to the timber supply crisis. We will oppose this bill on the floor of the House and into the Senate, if necessary."
 The 30,000-member Western Council of Industrial Workers is headquartered in Portland.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper, 503-228-0235, or Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431, both for the Western Council of Industrial Workers/ CO: Western Council of Industrial Workers ST: Oregon IN: PAP SU: LEG


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