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OREGON LABOR LEADERS OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEVELOP BALANCED RESOLUTION TO FEDERAL FOREST MANAGEMENT CRISIS FOLLOWING FOREST CONFERENCE

 Pledge Full Support for Forest Conference
 PORTLAND, Ore., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from


nine Oregon labor unions and the Oregon AFL-CIO today released a series of principles for a balanced legislative solution to the federal forest management crisis to be developed out of President Clinton's Pacific Northwest Forest Conference.
 During a meeting held in Portland on Wednesday, March 17, representatives from the Western Council of Industrial Workers; the International Woodworkers of America, U.S.; the United Paperworkers International Union; the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 75, Oregon; the Oregon Public Employees Union, Service Employees International Union; International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union; the Oregon Federation of Teachers, Education and Health Professionals, American Federation of Teachers; and the Oregon AFL-CIO urged President Clinton to develop legislation following the conference that will:
 -- provide immediate relief to devastated workers, communities
 and families by releasing an interim amount of timber for
 production;
 -- maximize harvest levels from federal lands while protecting
 forest ecosystems to preserve the long-term viability of
 forests and forest products workers;
 -- reduce harvesting restrictions on private lands due to
 increasingly complex federal regulatory requirements;
 -- provide high-wage, high-skill jobs for displaced forest
 products workers;
 -- ensure adequate funds for worker retraining services and
 assistance programs for timber-dependent communities,
 including a federal "make up" provision to county governments
 for revenue losses caused by declines in timber sale
 receipts.
 -- ensure that through an ecosystem based approach, timber sales
 will not be mired down by court injunctions and administrative
 appeals; and
 -- establish an old-growth reserve where active management,
 including New Forestry, will preserve or enhance important
 ecosystem values.
 "Throughout this crisis, organized labor has contended that we must protect families as well as forest ecosystems," said Mike Draper, executive secretary of the 30,000-member Western Council of Industrial Workers. "We believe that legislation based on these principles will achieve that critical balance."
 Noting the devastating effects of the ongoing crisis on forest products workers, families and communities, the labor representatives also unanimously offered their full support to President Clinton for the forest conference as a means of resolving the forest management debate.
 "We fully support President Clinton's attempts to resolve the federal forest management crisis through the forest conference. We believe the conference brings us to the brink of reaching a final solution," said Draper.
 "But time is wasting," he added. "Workers, families and communities are suffering. We urge President Clinton to work with members of Congress from the affected region to develop a legislative solution based on these principles as soon as possible following the Forest Conference. We urge the administration to present its legislative solution by no later than May 15, 1993, and we urge Congress to enact the legislation as quickly as possible."
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper of the Western Council of Industrial Workers, 503-228-0235/


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