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AFL-CIO SPREADS INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY CHEER

 AFL-CIO SPREADS INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY CHEER
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO added an


international arm to its holiday efforts on behalf of beleaguered workers.
 The federation announced today it is making 50 tons of candy available for Christmas to children of miners in the Soviet Union.
 Previously, the AFL-CIO launched a "toys and turkeys" campaign for U.S. workers. Local unionists will distribute food baskets, toys and vouchers to 3,400 "permanently replaced" U.S. workers and their families in 21 key cities.
 That effort, a part of the Greyhound strike relief fund which was started by the AFL-CIO and other unions, has contributed $60,000, a total that has been matched by local unions and community groups across the country.
 Some of the Soviet miners suffered as much as 60 days on the picket line from March to May 1991 -- strikes the AFL-CIO cites as contributing directly to the winning of the freedoms they will have in the new Commonwealth of Independent States in January. The miners were among the first to throw out the old, government-controlled "unions" and form democratic unions. At the same time, similar unions emerged among pilots, air traffic controllers, journalists and others.
 "Our holiday efforts are a small repayment on the debt the world owes those freedom fighters," said Adrian Karatnycky, an assistant to AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland.
 With $6,000 from the AFL-CIO, the Independent Miners Unions of the Soviet Union is making the candy available to miners' children in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Byelorussia.
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 /CONTACT: Muriel Cooper of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5037/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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