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FISHER SCIENTIFIC BOYCOTT EXTENDED TO ST. LOUIS

 St. Louis Aldermen Join Boston and Philadelphia
 in Urging City Agencies to Buy Elsewhere
 New York City Council Hearing Scheduled for Feb. 1
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following:
 The Teamsters congratulate the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for today's unanimous passage of a resolution calling on city agencies "to seek alternative sources to Fisher Scientific products" until the medical and scientific equipment supplier rehires 77 New Jersey warehouse workers who were locked out, permanently replaced and had their health insurance canceled.
 The resolution was introduced by Alderman Kenneth Jones, who felt that the citizens of St. Louis -- like the replaced Fisher workers -- have suffered from the hardships of rising health care costs. The resolution had co-sponsors.
 With today's vote, St. Louis joins Boston and Philadelphia in adopting city council resolutions calling on Fisher, the oldest and largest supplier to the scientific community in the United States, to rehire the workers, represented by Teamsters Local 810. A similar resolution will be considered at a hearing of the New York City Council on Feb. 1.
 The Fisher workers were locked out and replaced by the company when the protested company actions stripping them of their health insurance. The company had proposed changes that would have increased employees' insurance payments by 450 percent and refused to consider a lower-cost alternative plan proposed by the workers.
 "There's a word for a medical supply company that locks out and replaces its workers over health care -- and it's hypocrisy," said Teamsters President Ron Carey. "Fisher Scientific makes millions of dollars each year in equipment orders from doctors and hospitals, but the people who fill those orders have been cut off from health care."
 The resolutions by city councils are part of a growing national campaign to pressure Fisher to rehire the workers. In addition, more than 70 well-known doctors, scientists, research and public health officials have signed an "open letter" to Fisher demanding that the workers be rehired. Dozens of community and civic leaders have also signed the letter.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/


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