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PITTSBURGH NEWSPAPER UNIONS UNITY COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT

 PITTSBURGH NEWSPAPER UNIONS UNITY COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT
 PITTSBURGH, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, AFL-CIO, today issued the following statement:
 "The Pittsburgh Press Company today turned back the clock in Pittsburgh 100 years to the days of the infamous Homestead strike. The Press brought in hundreds of out-of-state strike breakers to break the local unions and take jobs away from Pittsburghers, just to publish its newspaper. Just as the City of Pittsburgh stood behind its working men and women in 1892, Pittsburgh once again is expressing its outrage at this shameless conduct.
 "The Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, AFL-CIO, again pledges its support to the members of Teamsters Local 211, and again urges the community to stand united against the greed of the owners of the Press. Local 211's fight is our fight, and when they win, we all win.
 "The Press accuses the union of being guided by out-of-town interests. The Press simply does not understand that the unions are supported by working men and women nationwide. The Press, of course, fails to mention that it is operated by out-of-state owners who care little, or nothing, about Pittsburgh, as evidenced by their willingness to cut loose their youth carriers, eliminate hundreds of jobs, and refusal to bargain in good faith. The Press continues to believe that bargaining means that the unions should commit suicide and agree to what the Press demands, but the Press' demands have been nothing more than an attempt to line the pockets of their out-of-state owners at Pittsburgh's expense.
 "Even at this late date, the Teamsters have been prepared to make every reasonable effort to resolve this situation. The Teamsters offered to pull back the picketers for seven days of intensive bargaining, if the Press would agree to a moratorium on publishing for seven days, but the Press steadfastly refused to agree.
 "We are not deceived by the Press' efforts to blame everything on the unions. We regret that the Press has brought on this unhappy situation, but the Press' arrogance and total lack of sincerity steels the resolve of the Unity Council to see this struggle through to a successful conclusion. We are gratified by the support that Pittsburgh has already demonstrated on behalf of the working men and women at the Pittsburgh Press. We are confident that Pittsburghers, with their inherent sense of fair play, will see through the distortions and misinformation coming from the Press, and will continue to support us in this struggle."
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 /CONTACT: Bobby Fouche of Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council, 412-281-9009/ CO: Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council; Pittsburgh
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