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USW MOUNTS UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT IN ELECTION CAMPAIGNS NATIONWIDE

 USW MOUNTS UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT IN ELECTION CAMPAIGNS NATIONWIDE
 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) is mounting an unprecedented election campaign effort to elect Bill Clinton and Al Gore as president and vice president of the United States, the union said today.
 Across the nation, tens of thousands of USW members are participating in the Clinton-Gore campaign, as well as state-wide campaigns of labor-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state legislatures and governorships.
 "This election is crucial for our members and all working people," said USW vice president Leon Lynch. "Our members are working as never before to see that the Nov. 3 election brings change from local court houses to the White House."
 Lynch heads the USW's political program, along with Sam Dawson, director of the union's Political Action Department in Washington.
 The centerpiece of the USW campaign effort is a systematic program to make at least eight individual contacts with each of the union's 600,000 active members, urging them to vote for the Clinton-Gore ticket and other endorsed candidates. These contacts include letters, telephone calls, leaflets and individual one-on-one contacts.
 Members will soon receive the first letter, from USW President Lynn Williams and the director of each member's home district. Included with the letter are slate cards listing endorsed candidates in each state. Follow-up letters are to be mailed to each member by the president of the member's local union.
 More than half a million copies each of two campaign leaflets are being distributed to USW local unions for distribution to members at plant gates and other workplaces.
 To help direct the USW's nationwide efforts, 20 local union members have been appointed national campaign coordinators, assigned to work full-time in states or regions where there are key races. The coordinators, working under Dawson's leadership, are assisting USW districts and local unions in setting up phone banks and other campaign activities, as well as working with central labor bodies, other unions, and the campaign organizations of the various candidates.
 In three key states -- Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois -- the union's efforts are led by USW legislative directors (Jim DeBord in Pennsylvania, Ghay Holcomb in Ohio and Woody Colangelo in Illinois).
 In Pennsylvania, 40 local union members from USW Districts 7, 15 and 20 have been assigned to full-time campaign duty. In Ohio, eight members of local unions in Districts 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 are working full time on the campaign.
 USW members in District 27 in Ohio recently signed up more than 7,200 voters in a registration drive at union workplaces and at community locations such as unemployment offices, food stamp distribution centers and human services officers.
 In Illinois, members of USW Districts 31, 32 and 34 have mounted a massive voter registration drive and will follow that up with an equally massive get-out-the-vote campaign. On Oct. 5, 150 Steelworkers were designated deputy voter registrars in the Chicago area and signed up as many as 4,000 new voters.
 The telephone is a key instrument in the USW's campaign, as Steelworkers and other union members are staffing hundreds of phone banks, at local union halls and USW offices including the International Headquarters building in Pittsburgh. In addition, many members are making phone calls from their homes. In the Chicago area alone, USW members are making calls from eight phone banks at local union halls and district offices.
 In addition, thousands of USW members are volunteering in local campaigns, making door-to-door house calls and assisting in other activities.
 To supplement these grass-roots efforts, the USW has made contributions of political action funds to the campaigns of hundreds of endorsed candidates. The USW is also the largest contributor of any union or other organization to the Democratic National Committee.
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 /CONTACT: Sam Dawson, Washington, 202-638-6929; Jim DeBord, Harrisburg, Pa., 717-238-7359; Ghay Holcomb, Columbus, Ohio, 614-888-6052; or Woody Colangelo, Homewood, Ill., 708-799-1906, all of United Steelworkers of America/ CO: United Steelworkers of America ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU:


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