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STEELWORKERS TARGET PEPSI AND LONE STAR BEER IN CONTINUING CAMPAIGN FOR LOCKED-OUT RAVENSWOOD WORKERS

 STEELWORKERS TARGET PEPSI AND LONE STAR BEER
 IN CONTINUING CAMPAIGN FOR LOCKED-OUT RAVENSWOOD WORKERS
 PITTSBURGH, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) said today it has asked Pepsico Inc. (NYSE: PEP) and Lone Star Beer to stop using cans made from aluminum produced by "scab" workers at the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC) in Ravenswood, W.Va.
 The union said the requests are part of the union's end-user campaign in support of 1,700 USW members who have been locked out of their jobs since Nov. 1, 1990, when RAC management broke off negotiations on a new contract and immediately brought in "scab" workers it had recruited months before. The AFL-CIO is also actively involved in the campaign, the union said.
 The union said thus far, four major beverage producers -- the Anheuser-Busch, Stroh and Miller breweries and the Coca-Cola company -- have agreed to the union's request and have stopped using RAC's "scab-produced" aluminum.
 In support of the campaign, the USW is distributing handbills in selected markets informing consumers of the dispute, and advising them that Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Lone Star Beer use cans made from "scab-produced" Ravenswood aluminum, the union said.
 "This dispute has torn apart the Ravenswood and surrounding communities," said USW vice-president George Becker, who is heading the union effort. "Any fair-minded person would agree that RAC's tactics have been deplorable. Our members are seeking nothing more than a fair contract that provides decent wages and benefits and safe working conditions."
 Foremost among the items at issue in the labor dispute is the safety record of the RAC facility since the new management acquired the company in 1989. In the first 18 months under new ownership, five workers lost their lives. The deaths and other serious injuries resulted in a series of citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the union said.
 In the dispute itself, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint accusing the company of bad faith bargaining. It is seeking reinstatement and full back pay for the locked-out workers. The NLRB held a hearing on its charges last fall, but has not yet announced its decision, the union said.
 The union asked for Pepsico's cooperation in a letter to D. Wayne Calloway, its chairman and CEO. A similar letter was sent to Thomas Rattigan, president of Hieleman, Inc., Lone Star Beer. To date, there has been no response from either Calloway or Rattigan.
 Copies of the union's letters to Calloway and Rattigan were distributed to the presidents of all AFL-CIO state organizations, who have joined the USW in the campaign.
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 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/
 (PEP) CO: United Steelworkers of America; Pepsico Inc.; Lone Star Beer ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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