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STEELWORKERS, ISPAT MEET AGAIN WITH GOVERNOR

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) and the Ispat Group will meet again with Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey today in a last-ditch attempt to reach agreement on a labor contract that would re-open the former bar, rod and wire division of Bethlehem Steel Corp., the union said.
 Casey called the parties together Thursday, Feb. 18, after Ispat rejected a union proposal that would have led to a settlement. They met for five hours and agreed to return today at 1 p.m.
 Andrew V. Palm, director of USW District 15 and the union's chief negotiator, cautioned his members against reading too much into the meetings.
 "I'm reluctant to have the door close on these talks, but I don't want to raise any false hopes," Palm said.
 The meetings here resulted from a call Palm made to Casey earlier this week, informing him that prospects for a settlement were dim. At the time, Palm consented to the governor's request for a final effort.
 Representing the union were Palm; Bernard Kleiman, the union's general counsel; Carl Frankel, the union's associate general counsel; and Leon Potok, financial consultant to the union.
 The Ispat Group, an Indonesian-based conglomerate, had signed a letter of intent to purchase the division from Bethlehem, contingent on reaching a labor agreement with the union, which represents about 1,900 workers at the division's facilities in Johnstown, Pa., Sparrows Point, Md., and Lackawanna, N.Y.
 Bethlehem closed the operations last year after its board of directors rejected a tentative labor agreement its negotiators had achieved with the union.
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