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GOV. CAPERTON CHALLENGES RAC, USW TO MEET AT STATE CAPITOL; UNION ACCEPTS

 GOV. CAPERTON CHALLENGES RAC, USW
 TO MEET AT STATE CAPITOL; UNION ACCEPTS
 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Denouncing the unfair treatment by Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) that the Steelworkers have suffered through, West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton challenged RAC and the United Steelworkers of America (USW) to meet in his office at the state Capitol to resolve their 15-month-old dispute, the USW said today.
 USW District 23 Director Jim Bowen immediately accepted, pledging "the union will be there at any hour of any day -- now it's up to the company."
 The governor told a solemn crowd of 1,800 RAC "stakeholders" that "West Virginians will not tolerate unfair labor negotiations" and said he will continue working for a settlement.
 The stakeholders attending the meeting included locked-out workers, their families, members of the state Legislature, representatives of Solidarnosc (the Polish labor union), small business owners from the Ravenswood area, religious groups, community groups, environmental groups and more.
 U.S. Rep. Harley Staggers (D-W.Va.) addressed the crowd, promising his support to help end the dispute, the union said. Aluminum industry and internatonal financial experts also spoke, providing details on the company's past, current and future prospects.
 USW Vice President George Becker released an "Annual Stakeholders' Report," reporting on the state of the company and its entangled web of international ownership and financing, the union said. "One of the obstacles we've come across in our attempts to negotiate a fair settlement," said Becker, "is the hidden, controlling interest in RAC of one Marc Rich, the international fugitive from U.S. justice.
 "While we continue to defend the interests of the direct stakeholders here in West Virginia," Becker said, "we will expand our campaign for justice to every country where Marc Rich tries to do business."
 The event was sponsored by the USW to report to the public on the information about RAC the union has gathered from publicly available sources.
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 /CONTACT: USW Local Union 5668 Subdistrict Office, 304-768-7395, or USW Communications, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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