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BC&T VICE PRESIDENT TO TESTIFY AT LABOR COMMITTEE HEARINGS

 BC&T VICE PRESIDENT TO TESTIFY AT LABOR COMMITTEE HEARINGS
 EVENT: Pennsylvania House Labor Committee Hearings
 TOPIC: Public hearing to consider the use of state and
 federal industrial development funds by companies
 seeking to avoid union representation.
 LOCATION: International Ladies Garment Workers Union Hall
 35 South 4th St.
 Philadelphia
 DATE: Today, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.
 The Bakery Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union issued the following:
 "Callous and heartless no matter the human cost," is how Executive Vice President David B. Durkee of the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union (BC&T) describes Keebler's record of union busting in Pennsylvania in testimony for a public hearing to examine the issue.
 The public hearing, to be conducted by the Pennsylvania House Labor Committee this afternoon and the morning of Oct. 14, will be led by State Rep. and Committee Chairman Frank Pistella. The purpose of the hearing is to investigate "the long term implications of the use of state and federal industrial development seed monies by companies seeking to avoid union representation."
 More than $3 million in state loans to the Keebler Company and Oxford Township have been used to create a new Keebler bakery there that the company intends to operate without BC&T representation under an assumed name -- Emerald Industries II.
 The BC&T finds that state's support of Keebler's "union avoidance" plans particularly offensive, Durkee said, "because only seven year ago, Keebler closed its plant in Philadelphia and left behind 900 of our union's workers. The human cost of that decision was incalculable. Yet, just a few years later the same company returns to the state under a different name and refuses to hire these experienced workers -- our former members -- whom they so heartlessly threw out on the streets of Philadelphia and whose lives will never be the same."
 Although Keebler officials have denied to the union that Keebler is Emerald, they have told state, federal and municipal officials that they are in fact one and the same. Durkee described Emerald as "Keebler's alter ego ... a disguised continuance of the old employer." The union contends that Keebler and United Biscuits have pursued this deception to avoid any responsibilities to former employees in Philadelphia and to the union. Durkee pointed out the company had been "less than honest on other occasions" in dealings with public officials and the union.
 "We have much at stake here, and we intend to defend our ground against this latest assault from both the state and certain elements of corporate America," Durkee added.
 The BC&T represents over 11,000 workers in the baking, biscuit, candy and food processing industries in Pennsylvania.
 CONTACT: Bob Oakley, 215-677-5040 or 215-342-4145, or Raymond Scannell, 301-933-8600, both of the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union.
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