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FERMI II WORKERS' FAMILIES ASK 'WHY?'

 FERMI II WORKERS' FAMILIES ASK 'WHY?'
 DEARBORN, Mich., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released


today by Local 223, Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO.
 Under the guise of "safety" and continued operations, Detroit Edison has removed the day-to-day workforce from their Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant.
 Members of Utility Workers of America Local 223 were "locked out" of their jobs after the contract between Local 223 and Detroit Edison expired on June 1.
 The company claims the union was unwilling to sign an agreement, giving Edison "24 hours' notice" before striking Fermi II. What the company forgot to mention was the fine print in the rest of the agreement they tried to get the union to sign during contract negotiations.
 The agreement in question also stipulated that the union workers had to stay and complete all unfinished jobs. It also kept workers from exercising their legal right to strike after July 1.
 Understandably, Local 223 has not signed this vague and unreasonable agreement.
 To underscore the unfairness of this tactic, and to show support for the Fermi II workers, spouses, children and friends of these workers will gather at Detroit Edison's general offices, 2000 Second Ave. in Detroit on Wednesday, June 3 at noon. During this rally, the families of these workers will be asking:
 "Why? Why have our spouses, mothers, fathers and friends been put on the street without any income? Why are they claiming a safety issue when there have been no safety incidents while Local 223 workers have been there? And why isn't Detroit Edison telling the public the whole story?"
 And the biggest question of all: "Now that the day-to-day workforce has been removed from Fermi II, who is minding the store? Who is operating this nuclear power plant in one of the most populous areas of the world?"
 -0- 6/2/92
 /CONTACT: George Manoogian, president, or Mike Langford, treasurer, of Local 223, 313-846-3040/ CO: Local 223, Utility Workers of America; Detroit Edison ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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