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DWYER DECISION PUTS ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF FOREST PRODUCTS AND TIMBER COMMUNITIES SAYS LABOR LEADER

 DWYER DECISION PUTS ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF FOREST PRODUCTS
 AND TIMBER COMMUNITIES SAYS LABOR LEADER
 PORTLAND, Ore., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers, released the following statement regarding today's decision by Federal Judge William Dwyer:
 "Judge Dwyer's decision makes today one of the darkest days in history for our members and forest products-related workers throughout the nation. With this decision and a probable injunction to follow, Judge Dwyer would deny forest products workers the little hope and security they have desperately grasped during the ongoing timber supply crisis. That decision would be a slam-dunk of our future as resounding as anything we'll ever hear from Michael Jordan.
 "Unbelievably, Judge Dwyer has criticized the U.S. Forest Service for failing to consider the effect of the recently granted Bureau of Land Management (BLM) timber sale exemptions from the Endangered Species Committee. Even though these fifteen BLM sales are currently enjoined under a separated action, Judge Dwyer would condemn thousands of working men and women simply because the U.S. Forest Service failed to consider the impact of timber harvesting on .00003 percent of Northern Spotted Owl habitat managed by BLM, and on other little-known old-growth dependent species.
 "It extends logic to entertain the thought that our judicial system would uphold yet another injunction request from the preservationist community. Apparently, the courts will allow these preservationist extremists to appeal all timber sales until they completely lock-up all productive federal forest land and condemn the livelihood of our members to certain extinction.
 "Congress must now act immediately to pass comprehensive federal forest management legislation that is insulated from judicial challenge. We have long supported the Forests and Families Protection Act, the only measure currently before Congress that provides adequate protection from abuse of the judicial review process.
 "Any legislation designed to resolve the federal forest management crisis must incorporate the essential elements contained in this legislation."
 The 30,000 member Western Council of Industrial Workers is headquartered in Portland.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper of Western Council of Industrial Workers, 503-228-0235, or Jeff Joseph of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, 202-452-9431, for Western Council of Industrial Workers/ CO: Western Council of Industrial Workers ST: Oregon IN: SU:


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