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SUPREME COURT RULING ON FEDERAL TIMBER SALES PROVIDES 'RAY OF HOPE' FOR TIMBER WORKERS, SAYS LABOR LEADER

SUPREME COURT RULING ON FEDERAL TIMBER SALES PROVIDES 'RAY OF HOPE'
 FOR TIMBER WORKERS, SAYS LABOR LEADER
 PORTLAND, Ore., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers (WCIC), in response to today's unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding Section 318 of the 1989 Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:
 On behalf of the 30,000 members of the Western Council of Industrial Workers and forest products workers throughout the nation, I commend the Supreme Court for today's decision.
 Today's ruling provides a ray of hope for our members because it will help streamline the judicial appeals process and allow some pending timber sales. The livelihoods of our members and forest products workers throughout the country have been threatened by extreme preservationists who have abused the judicial appeals system to create a "log jam," halting many federal timber sales. The resulting reduction in supply has worsened the timber supply crisis in the Pacific Northwest, jeopardizing jobs, communities and a way of life.
 With this decision, we urge Congress to move forward and quickly enact the Forest and Families Protection Act. This legislation -- supported by the national AFL-CIO and numerous international, state and local labor organizations throughout the nation -- includes a provision refining and facilitating the judicial review process. This provision allows citizen access to the appeals process but prevents abuses that are so harmful to forest products workers, their families and communities.
 The Western Council of Industrial Workers is headquartered in Portland.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper of the Western Council of Industrial Workers, 503-228-0235/ CO: Western Council of Industrial Workers ST: Oregon IN: PAP SU:


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