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RETIRED STEELWORKERS PICKET LTV

 EAST CHICAGO, Ind., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling it "payback time," members of two retirees organizations picketed the LTV Steel Company's Indian Harbor Works in East Chicago. The retirees, members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees and the LTV Local 1011 Retirees Club, conducted the informational picketing to show their support for the 4,000 members of USWA Local Unions 1011, 1033 and 3127 who are currently embroiled in a dispute with the company over its unilateral implementation of certain work rules and manning agreements.
 "Payback time refers to the fact that when the company tried to gyp us out of medical insurance benefits seven years ago, our brothers and sisters in the mill called a strike to bring the company to its senses," explained Fred Moore, president of the retirees club. After being shut down for a week, the company reinstated the benefits and the strike was terminated.
 "The dispute stems from the fact the company has chosen to disregard elements of the collective bargaining agreement and is implementing harsh work rules without bargaining with the union's representatives as required by the agreement," said Jack Parton, director of District 31. "Rather than working in harmony with the union, management has embarked on a course of confrontation and intimidation. I'm amazed that LTV is doing this to its workers, the same men and women who have helped it through its trying period of bankruptcy."
 Management's actions in this matter is considered an insult by the workers at LTV and they are prepared to strike if necessary to obtain justice in the workplace. The worker's talk of a strike wouldn't have been necessary had management followed the appropriate resolutions mechanism as provided for in the collective bargaining agreement. The retirees assembled at the company's gates and distributed informational flyers to union and management employees calling on LTV to desist acting unilaterally and cooperate with the union to ensure fairness in implementing the new work rules.
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 /CONTACT: Oscar Sanchez for Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, 219-398-2051 or 312-221-5727/


CO: Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees; LTV Local 1011
 Retirees Club; LTV Steel Company ST: Indiana IN: MNG SU:


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