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SPECTER TO HOLD HEARINGS IN HARRISBURG AND ALLENTOWN ON MONDAY ON UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES; TO HEAR FROM FARM, BUSINESS AND LABOR LEADERS

SPECTER TO HOLD HEARINGS IN HARRISBURG AND ALLENTOWN ON MONDAY ON UNFAIR
 TRADE PRACTICES; TO HEAR FROM FARM, BUSINESS AND LABOR LEADERS
 U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) will hold Senate hearings in Harrisburg, Pa., and Allentown, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 27, to give farm, business and labor leaders an opportunity to testify on how their operations are being affected by unfair labor practices.
 These field hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee will take place:
 -- Harrisburg at 11 a.m. in Room 22 of the Capitol Annex;
 -- Allentown at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 435 Hamilton St.
 In letters inviting these leaders to testify, Specter said that the principal objective of these hearings will be to solicit their views on how their businesses and unions are impacted by unfair trade practices, such as subsidies, dumping and import quotas.
 "I am also interested in hearing your opinions as to what types of initiatives Congress should be pursuing to counteract these practices," he wrote.
 Specter noted that President Bush has embarked on an ambitious campaign to improve U.S. foreign trade opportunities and to curb unfair trade practices.
 Referring to their testimony, he said, "It is my hope that we can use this forum to gain new insight into how we Pennsylvanians can work together to identify initiatives that will protect and enhance the competitiveness of our industries and will protect and create jobs."
 Specter held similar hearings in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 and in Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.
 He has introduced legislation, S. 986, to provide a private right of action for customs fraud that will enable private businesses or unions access to the Federal Courts to seek injunctive relief against illegal imports in violation of U.S. Customs law.
 Specter also wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills on Dec. 27, 1991, to object to the proposed draft of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), arguing that it would weaken U.S. trade laws with regard to dumping and subsidized imports, restrict access of American television to European markets and excessively delay recognition of U.S. trading-partners of U.S. intellectual property rights.
 Scheduled to testify at the Harrisburg hearing are representatives from the Pennsylvania Farmers Association; the Pennsylvania Farmers Union; the Pennsylvania State Grange; the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Local 1872, United Auto Workers; the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce; the Tile Council of America; Burle Industries; Furman Foods; and Conestoga Ceramic Tile.
 Scheduled to testify at the Allentown hearing are representatives from Bethlehem Steel Corp.; American Telephone & Telegraph; Pennsylvania Women Involved in Farm Economics; The 500 Fashion Group (apparel); the Fuller Co. (heavy equipment); CEMAC (cheese); ILGWU; Lehigh County Labor Council; Carpenter Technology (specialty steel); and Atlantic Apparel Contractors Association.
 CONTACT: Dan McKenna or Susan Lamontagne of Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 202-224-9020.
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