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USWA & ABGWIU REJECT ALCOA & REYNOLDS METALS CONTRACT PROPOSAL

 USWA & ABGWIU REJECT ALCOA & REYNOLDS METALS CONTRACT PROPOSAL
 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an effort to bargain for an early agreement, the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and the Aluminum Brick and Glass Workers International Union (ABGWIU) unanimously rejected Alcoa and Reynolds Metals "take-it-or-leave-it position," stated the two unions, last night.
 George Becker, USWA vice president and Ernie LaBaff, ABGWIU president, issued the following joint statement:
 "Our rejection of the Alcoa and Reynolds proposal for a new long term agreement is based on both companies' insistence that they would only agree to improve wages, pensions and other benefits in exchange for a drastic reduction in the health care benefits program. Improvements in some contract areas would be directly related to reductions in other areas.
 "The changes the aluminum companies want in health insurance would cost more for those who have the misfortune of getting sick, than those who are healthy. They want to finance any improvements on the backs of those who get sick.
 "Both companies failed to address the critical needs of our members, especially the contracting out problem, which is costing the loss of jobs. Finally, Alcoa and Reynolds did not address the issue of successorship, if when they sell one or more facilities to another company that refuses to hire current employees. That is precisely what Reynolds did recently when it sold its Malvern, Ark. and Longview, Texas plants.
 "If the companies' intent was to divide our two unions by its proposal, it will not work. We have pledged our full support for each other. The ABGWIU and USWA leaders came to Pittsburgh united, and we will remain united until we return to negotiations prior to expiration of our current agreement next May 31."
 The aluminum companies and unions reached a one-year extension of labor agreements in early May with a commitment to negotiate a longer term settlement by Oct. 2. Negotiations began in Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.
 The two unions represent more than 11,000 members at 11 Alcoa plants and more than 7,300 at 20 Reynolds Metals plants.
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 /CONTACT: George Becker, vice president, USWA, 412-263-2668, or John Murphy, executive assistant to the president, ABGWIU, 412-281-4272/ CO: United Steelworkers of America ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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