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MILLER BECOMES THIRD MAJOR BREWER TO NIX RAC ALUMINUM

 MILLER BECOMES THIRD MAJOR BREWER TO NIX RAC ALUMINUM
 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miller Brewing Co. has notified the United Steelworkers of America (USW) that it has instructed its can supplier that it will not accept any containers made with aluminum produced by the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC), the union said today.
 Miller joins the Anheuser-Busch Companies and the Stroh Brewery in refusing to support RAC and its lockout of 1,700 members of the United Steelworkers of America, the union said.
 All three responded to a campaign being conducted by the union asking end-users of aluminum not to purchase products made with RAC aluminum.
 Paul R. Mollomo, vice president of purchasing for Miller Brewing, made his company's commitment in a letter to George Becker, USW International vice president who is leading the union's public information campaign, the union said.
 "None of our cans or ends purchased from suppliers contain product from Ravenswood," Mollomo wrote. "So there is no misunderstanding, by copy of this letter I am advising American National Can Company (Miller's can supplier) that the Miller Brewing Company will not accept cans or ends made from Ravenswood metal."
 "Our members deeply appreciate the support they have received from these brewers," Becker said. "By their actions, Miller, Anheuser-Busch and Stroh have demonstrated they will not support union-busting company such as RAC. We are hopeful other beverage producers and other end-users of RAC product will follow their lead. In the meantime, the union will accelerate its informational campaign with these other users."
 The union's goal, Becker said, is to force RAC management back to the bargaining table "so we can negotiate an end to this labor dispute and put our members back to work."
 The union said some 1,700 members of USW Local 5668 have been off the job since Nov. 1, 1990, when RAC, located in Ravenswood, W.Va., broke off negotiations for a new contract and locked them out. The union said the National Labor Relations Board has charged RAC with unfair labor practices and recommended that the locked-out workers be returned to their jobs with full back pay for lost wages and benefits. A hearing on the charges was held in December, 1991, but a decision is not expected for several months.
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 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.;
 The Miller Brewing Co. ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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