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FISHER SCIENTIFIC'S ATTEMPTS TO BLOCK NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARING FAILS

 -- Council Hearings Set for Monday, February 1, 11:30 a.m. --
 NEW YORK, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters:
 An attempt by Fisher Scientific to bar the New York City Council from holding public hearings on the company's policies and practices has failed, as Federal District Judge Sonia Sotomayor today issued a ruling turning down the company's request to halt the hearings.
 The judge's ruling clears the way for city council hearings to go forward on a resolution recommending that city agencies that purchase from Fisher Scientific seek other suppliers. The resolution, which was initiated by Council Member Castaneira-Colon, is also supported by Members Harrison, Linares, McCaffrey, Rivera and Robinson.
 Hearings are set for New York's City Hall on Monday, February 1, at 11:30 a.m.
 Among those testifying will be Dr. Barry Liebowitz, president of the Doctors' Council, together with a representative of the Committee of Interns and Residents and labor supporters of the locked-out Fisher Scientific workers.
 Fisher Scientific, which supplies medical and scientific equipment to city agencies out of its Springfield, New Jersey, warehouse, locked out and replaced 77 warehouse workers who are represented by Teamsters Local Union 810 in February when they protested the company's move to raise their health care costs by 450 percent.
 The company turned down a less expensive plan proposed by the workers and locked them out last February. More than 100 prominent physicians and scientists have rallied to the worker's cause, calling on the company to reinstate them and restore their health coverage.
 City councils in Boston, Philadelphia, and St. Louis have passed resolutions asking their respective city agencies to look for sources other than Fisher for medical and scientific supplies.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/


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