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NEWSPAPER UNIONS: 'LOCKED-OUT' NEWSPAPER WORKERS TO LEAFLET THROUGHOUT PITTSBURGH: AREA DAILIES BEING IMPORTED AS SERVICE BY UNIONS

NEWSPAPER UNIONS: 'LOCKED-OUT' NEWSPAPER WORKERS TO LEAFLET THROUGHOUT
 PITTSBURGH: AREA DAILIES BEING IMPORTED AS SERVICE BY UNIONS
 PITTSBURGH, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of striking and locked-out newspaper workers will be distributing flyers in the Pittsburgh area Thursday, May 21, to explain the situation at the Press and Post-Gazette and to ask for help in getting the Press back to the bargaining table for serious talks, it was announced today.
 The Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, AFL-CIO, comprised of the 11 unions, said 25,000 flyers will be distributed.
 The union flyer describes how the Press appears determined to replace most full-time employees with low-pay, no-benefits part-time hourly workers, the unions said. The unions also believe the Scripps Howard-owned Press, which controls all mechanical and distribution functions for both papers, is determined to force the Post-Gazette out of business and thus create a one-newspaper monopoly for itself.
 The unions said Press management's unrelenting determination to fire 450 full-time circulation drivers and 1,500 youth carriers, a major step toward achieving its goals, led to the unfair labor practice strike begun by Teamster drivers May 17.
 In related news, the Unity Council said it was taking steps to ease the newspaper vacuum that the lockout has created in the area. It said Unity Council members are offering street sales of other union- represented daily newspapers.
 Several thousand copies of the McKeesport Daily News are being trucked into the Pittsburgh area for sale by Unity Council members. The members are making no personal profit on the sales.
 Plans are also underway to make the Erie Times available in Pittsburgh.
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 /CONTACT: George Curtin of Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, AFL-CIO, 412-281-9009/ CO: Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, AFL-CIO; Pittsburgh
 Press; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU: CON


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