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LEAHY/ADAMS TIMBER SUPPLY BILL PROVIDES LOTS OF RHETORIC, LITTLE PROTECTION FOR WORKERS, SAYS LABOR LEADER

 LEAHY/ADAMS TIMBER SUPPLY BILL PROVIDES LOTS OF RHETORIC,
 LITTLE PROTECTION FOR WORKERS, SAYS LABOR LEADER
 WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Bledsoe, general treasurer of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, today released the following statement regarding timber supply/federal forest management legislation sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Brock Adams (D-Wash.):
 The legislation sponsored by Senators Leahy and Adams does not provide any real relief to our workers in the Pacific Northwest and northern California who are suffering from the timber supply crisis currently devastating our region.
 The bill does not include any provisions to provide a dependable supply of timber -- our members need certainty, not rhetoric.
 In addition, the bill does not provide sufficient support to displaced workers and communities. It is unconscionable that the bill would destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of forest products workers and their families and not provide adequate assistance to secure their futures.
 We, along with the national AFL-CIO and numerous state labor federations throughout the nation, have long supported the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act (S. 1156), now before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. This legislation provides protection for the Northern Spotted Owl, old-growth forests and forest products workers. S. 1156 also establishes a system of support to assure security for timber workers, their families and communities.
 We urge the Senate to reject the legislation prepared by Senator Leahy and Senator Adams and instead quickly move to enact the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act.
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 /CONTACT: Robin Gerber, 202-546-6206, or Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431, both for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America/ CO: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU: LEG


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