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UNION OFFICIALS HAIL FEDERAL COURT VICTORY

 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell dismissed state law claims of conspiracy and collusion and a request for punitive damages filed by a small group of employees against Local 175 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and Harley Davidson, Inc. of York, Pa.
 In so doing, Caldwell granted motions by both Local 175 and Harley Davidson to dismiss those parts of the complaint.
 "The court's decision clearly supports our position that the actions challenged by these employees were actions taken in connection with the collective bargaining process. This case involves little more than the collective greed of a small group of employees who are anxious to maximize their own wealth at the expense of their co-workers," said Local Union President Harry Smith.
 The present action was filed against the union and Harley Davidson on Sept. 10, 1992. The plaintiffs are a small group of 29 Harley employees who claim that both the union and the company improperly disposed of more than 1,000 employee grievances.
 "The grievance settlements challenged by these employees yielded among the most lucrative cash awards to Harley employees in our history," said Smith. "It is unfortunate that the positive labor management atmosphere for which we have long struggled, is jeopardized by the baseless accusations of a few."
 By dismissing the state law claims of collusion and conspiracy, the court has limited the scope of this lawsuit to certain federal law claims. Because the court dismissed the state law claims, it concluded that the plaintiff's action cannot legally support a claim for punitive actions, and, accordingly, those claims were also dismissed.
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 /CONTACT: I. Clark Ruppert Jr. of Local 175, 717-845-6657/


CO: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers;
 Harley Davidson, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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