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CWA TIES JOB SECURITY TO DEREGULATION AT U S WEST SHAREHOLDERS MEETING

 CWA TIES JOB SECURITY TO DEREGULATION
 AT U S WEST SHAREHOLDERS MEETING
 SEATTLE, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) sent a strong message about job security and deregulation to U S West management at today's annual shareholders meeting.
 Newly elected CWA Vice President Sue Pisha, as a holder of several thousand proxies from CWA members at U S West, spoke about the union's employment security concerns at the meeting.
 Pisha tied CWA's support or opposition to U S West's efforts to deregulate in several states to the company's decisions on union job security issues in contract bargaining. "If management is willing to seize these growth opportunities (which would be created through deregulation) by offering the new job openings to current employees and by working with us to improve their working conditions and quality of life, then we will have every reason to support management in its proposals for deregulation," Pisha stated.
 "On the other hand, if management does not offer to current employees a share of these opportunities, if it denies them first rights to new jobs, if the terms and conditions of these new jobs are used to undermine those of our core telephone employees, if these new jobs are denied union representation, then we have every reason to oppose management in its attempts to deregulate the industry.
 "Just as management hopes to grow U S WEST in this new environment, we expect to grow with it," Pisha continued. "We do not want, nor will we accept anything less than being a full partner. I urge U S West's top management to join with me to develop new policies for job security and new policies for job creation.
 "We believe that our industry and our company are at a crossroads. Deregulation, technological change and emerging competition are producing a transformation which we have not experienced since divestiture in 1984. This change holds significant opportunities for U S West, its employees and stockholders," Pisha said.
 CWA will begin negotiations with U S West this summer for a new three-year contract. The current contract expires in August. CWA will negotiate new contracts for 380,000 workers this year at AT&T, GTE, and six of the Regional Bell Operating Companies, including U S West. AT&T and GTE negotiations began in March.
 CWA represents over 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing, publishing, media, health care, and the public sector in the United States and Canada, including 39,000 U S West workers.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller or Gaye Williams Mack of the Communications Workers of America, 202-434-1172/ CO: Communications Workers of America; U S West ST: Washington IN: TLS SU:


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