STEELWORKERS' CONVENTION PLEDGES INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR RYERSON WORKERS -- CALLS COMPANY'S HEALTH-CARE CUTS 'MEAN-SPIRITED'
STEELWORKERS' CONVENTION PLEDGES INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
FOR RYERSON WORKERS -- CALLS COMPANY'S HEALTH-CARE CUTS 'MEAN-SPIRITED'
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2,500 delegates to the United Steelworkers of America's (USWA) 26th Constitutional Convention rose in unison to cheer on their 480 members who work at J.T. Ryerson & Son's steel service centers with shouts of "Stop Ryerson, stop Ryerson," the USWA said today. After hearing a panel of local and national union officials discuss the innovative techniques they had used as part of the new "Coordinated Campaign" strategy unions are turning to with increasing frequency, Steelworker officials said that similar tactics would be employed in the union's dispute with Ryerson. Buddy Davis, USWA District 30 director in charge of negotiations with Ryerson, said the "mean-spirited health-care cuts imposed on the workers by Ryerson make no sense, given the company's profitability. When a company acts like that and they won't talk sense with you, then there's nothing else to do," Davis said, "but make smart use of all the resources available to you, and that is just what we're going to do." With the likelihood that rogue corporations like Ryerson will advertise for "replacement workers" -- scabs -- far in advance of bargaining meetings, panelist Joe Uehlein suggested that union leaders are forced to re-define the word "strike." "Traditionally," Uehlein, special projects director of the Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO, told the delegates "we think of 'walking off the job' when we say strike. The dictionary definition," he said, "is 'to inflict pain,' and that's what workers do when they stay on the job and run a 'Coordinated Campaign.'" The union said that concessionary demands, which the Ryerson Steelworkers overwhelmingly rejected, are the heart of the dispute with Ryerson. The union said Ryerson then unilaterally imposed the terms of its 'final offer' (which included no wage increase for three years, cuts in health coverage, increases in health care payments, among the many concessions the company demanded). /delval/ -0- 9/3/92 /CONTACT: USWA Communications Department, at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 412-565-4979/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; J.T. Ryerson & Son ST: Pennsylvania, Illinois IN: MNG SU:
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