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PENNSYLVANIA STEELWORKER DIRECTORS ENDORSE CLINTON

 PENNSYLVANIA STEELWORKER DIRECTORS ENDORSE CLINTON
 PITTSBURGH, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The three top elected Pennsylvania officials of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) today endorsed Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas for the Democratic nomination for president, a spokesman for the union said.
 The endorsement was announced jointly by Anthony Rainaldi, director of USW District 20; Andrew V. Palm, director of USW District 15; and John Reck, director of USW District 7. Together, the three districts represent 192,000 active and retired Steelworkers in Pennsylvania.
 In a statement, the three directors said:
 "We feel Gov. Clinton has survived the worst mugging any candidate has ever been subjected to by the media and still has managed to convey his message of a better America. That's something that all workers, not just Steelworkers or union members, should be listening to.
 "And we believe the people of Pennsylvania and across the United States are more concerned about issues than they are in personal attacks. Once Bill Clinton gets here and starts talking about the issues, Pennsylvania voters will be enthusiastic in giving him their support.
 "We delayed making this endorsement until now because we had been uncomfortable with some of Gov. Clinton's positions on trade, particularly the so-called free trade agreement with Mexico. But Mr. Clinton had extensive conversations recently with Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO, regarding his trade views, and we and our international president, Lynn Williams, are now satisfied that he is on the right track.
 "Former California Gov. Jerry Brown varies his position depending on whom he is talking to. His presence in the race is hurting the process and detracting from what we should be doing -- getting Clinton prepared to start taking on George Bush.
 "It is our position that George Bush can be beaten in November and Bill Clinton is the man to do it."
 Earlier this week, the Political Works Committee of the AFL-CIO recommended that an endorsement of Clinton should be made by the federation's Executive Council. Williams will meet soon with Clinton.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Rainaldi, director, USW District 20, 412-869-3933; John Reck, director, USW District 7, and chairman, USW Legislative Committee, 215-265-7577; Andrew V. Palm, director, USW District 15, and vice-chairman, USW Legislative Committee, 412-824-8140; or USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America ST: Pennsylvania IN: CPN MNG SU:


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