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REFUSAL TO BARGAIN HAS HURT COMPANY, USW TELLS LUKENS' SHAREHOLDERS

REFUSAL TO BARGAIN HAS HURT COMPANY, USW TELLS LUKENS' SHAREHOLDERS
 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of forcing its workers out on strike, Lukens Steel Company is suffering reduced shipments and production and maintenance problems, which have the potential to damage the company's ties with customers and future profitability, the United Steelworkers of America (USW) told Lukens' shareholders in recent letters.
 Ray MacDonald, director of the Pension, Insurance and Research Department for the USW, said today that "during the last week we have contacted a number of the company's major institutional shareholders to inform them of our concerns, the status of the negotiations, and possible financial consequences of the Lukens' refusal to reach an agreement."
 "It has been obvious that the company's shareholders have not been getting the whole story about the dispute," MacDonald said. "Since the company seems intent on prolonging this dispute and has refused to bargain, we thought Lukens' shareholders should know about it.
 "Since the strike began," MacDonald said, "the company has issued statements saying it is doing just fine, shipping steel, and that salaried employees are enjoying the new challenge of working in the mill. We are concerned that the shareholders don't realize what's going on here.
 "As long as Lukens' management refuses to negotiate," MacDonald said, "we believe the company will lose substantial amounts of money, orders, and possibly customers.
 "We understand from reports in the press that W.R. Wilson was forced out by Lukens board of directors because of their concern for the future of the company," MacDonald said. "Somebody apparently forgot to share those concerns with the company's negotiators, because they haven't changed their tactics a bit."
 "The shareholders need to know that Lukens has earned four consecutive years of record profits through the efforts of a committed union workforce, modern plant and equipment, and a profitable product line. Those profits were not earned by inexperienced, unskilled replacement workers, producing low-grade, carbon plate steel, to which Lukens' seems to be committing itself.
 "By apparently abandoning its market niche in specialty plate products and its long-term employees, Lukens is puting itself in product markets which are extraordinarily competitive and have much lower profit margins. I don't think that's what these investors had in mind when they bought Lukens stock," MacDonald said.
 "We have yet to see any evidence or hear any statements from the company that it has melted and rolled any alloy or clad plate since the strike began," MacDonald said.
 "Things are getting pretty bad in the mill as the result of the inexperienced workers Lukens has in there," MacDonald said. "Environmental accidents, mechanical breakdowns, and production delays are occurring, and regular maintenance is being ignored.
 "We emphasized to the company's institutional shareholders that the union has been and continues to be willing to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement. We are flexible and went into these talks with a problem-solving approach," MacDonald said.
 "For weeks I have read in the newspapers and heard on the radio that the union's job security proposals would require the company to recognize the union at its Conshohocken plant. That's just wrong. We have never made any such proposals," MacDonald said.
 "These are just phantom issues, designed to stir up our members and the community. Lukens' management is trying to convince Wall Street that it is somehow protecting the integrity of the company at the same time it is walking away from its customers and millions of dollars in orders," MacDonald said.
 Members of USW Local 1165 have been on strike at the company's Coatesville, Pa., facility since Oct. 1, 1991, and are seeking improved job security, pensions, retiree insurance, and profit sharing. The union has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company has refused to bargain in good faith and has illegally threatened the members of USW 1165.
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 /CONTACT: Ray MacDonald, director of the USW Pension, Insurance and Research Department, 215-384-9180; Harry Haines, president of USW Local Union 1165, 215-384-9180; or USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/
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