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NLRB JUDGE ORDERS CITISTEEL USA TO RECOGNIZE AND BARGAIN WITH USW

 NLRB JUDGE ORDERS CITISTEEL USA TO RECOGNIZE AND BARGAIN WITH USW
 CLAYMONT, Del., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has handed the United Steelworkers of America (USW) another victory in the union's long struggle to win justice for former USW members now working at CitiSteel USA.
 NLRB Administrative Law Judge William F. Jacobs, ruling that CitiSteel is a successor to the former Phoenix Steel Corp., ordered CitiSteel to recognize the USW as bargaining agent for workers at the Claymont plant and to bargain with the union on a contract covering production, maintenance, clerical and technical employees. The ruling was issued on Oct. 13.
 CitiSteel, a corporation created and owned by a financial agency of the Chinese government, purchased the Claymont plant from bankrupt Phoenix in June 1988. Phoenix had closed down operation at the plant in March 1987, putting 600 steelworkers out of their jobs. CitiSteel restarted the plant and now employs about 275 workers.
 The USW's victory caps a battle begun in February 1989, when the union filed NLRB charges that CitiSteel discriminated against former Phoenix workers in hiring a new work force at the Claymont plant and rejected repeated requests by the union that it recognize the union and meet with union representatives to discuss its hiring practices.
 The NLRB, after a two-year investigation, issued its own complaint in May 1991, supporting the USW charges. A nine-day trial of the charges was conducted by Judge Jacobs last November.
 Last January, in a partial response to the USW and NLRB charges, CitiSteel agreed to make payments totaling more than $730,000 to 117 former Phoenix workers who were denied jobs by CitiSteel. In addition, CitiSteel agreed to offer new jobs to 23 former Phoenix workers. However, the company still refused to recognize the USWA and enter bargaining on a new contract.
 "Once again, the NLRB has vindicated the USW's charge that CitiSteel sytematically discriminated against the union and our members," said John H. Reck, the director of USW District 7. "For nearly four years, our union has never wavered in its battle against this company's anti-union stance, and we won't let up until the CitiSteel workers have a USW contract."
 USW staff representative Norman Hayman, who pursued the NLRB action, urged CitiSteel to accept the NLRB action without a further court appeal.
 "These years of litigation have harmed every party in this dispute, especially our members who lost their jobs and wanted only to go back to work making steel," Hayman said. "Our union now looks forward to negotiating a fair contract and helping CitiSteel become a prosperous employer of our members."
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 /CONTACT: Norman Hayman, staff representative of USW, 609-441-2000, ext. 1703 (through Oct. 25), 410-398-8746 or 215-265-7577 (after Oct. 25); or USW Communications, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; National Labor Relations Board;
 CitiSteel USA ST: Delaware IN: MNG SU: CON


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