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LABOR LEADERS SAY GORE'S STANCE ON TIMBER HARVESTING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST MAY ENDANGER MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS

LABOR LEADERS SAY GORE'S STANCE ON TIMBER HARVESTING IN THE PACIFIC
 NORTHWEST MAY ENDANGER MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS
 NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released by Sigurd Lucassen, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), and Mike Draper, executive secretary for the Western Council of Industrial Workers (WCIW), in response to vice presidential nominee/designate Sen. Al Gore's (D-Tenn.) comments on timber harvesting in the Pacific Northwest:
 Through his recent comments, Senator Gore has overlooked the thousands of forest products workers and their families who depend on a stable timber supply to exist. The theme of the Democratic National Convention and the 1992 presidential election has been "people and families first." Essentially this is what the Democratic party is all about -- family values.
 But while Senator Gore criticizes the Republicans for not truly embracing family values because of their view on medical leave and the extension of unemployment benefits, he does not seem to understand that the conflict in the Pacific Northwest must follow the "families first" theme.
 Labor agrees with Senator Gore that the choice between jobs and the environment is a false choice. However, we believe it is a false choice because we can and must find a balanced solution that protects endangered species as well as families and communities.
 Right now, as many as 172,000 jobs are at risk because of judicial injunctions, administrative appeals and legislation before Congress to protect the Northern Spotted Owl.
 We invite Senator Gore to meet with us to discuss this issue and visit Roseburg, Ore., one of the most public timber-dependent communities in the nation, to see first hand the crisis our members face every day.
 We are confident that we can work with the Democratic nominees to find a balanced solution to forest management that will protect endangered species, the environment and families.
 The UBCJA is based in Washington, D.C., and represents 550,000 members. The WCIW is the industrial arm of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Based in Portland, Ore., the Western Council represents approximately 30,000 members, most of which are forest products workers.
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 /CONTACT: Robin Shapiro for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 202-452-9462/ CO: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Western
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