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STEELWORKERS AND GULF STATES AGREE ON NEW CONTRACT; FEATURES INCLUDE WAGE HIKE, EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AND WORKER INVOLVEMENT

 GADSDEN, Ala., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) announced today it had reached tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with Gulf States Steel that increases wages, guarantees a minimum 32-hour work week and gives workers a voice in the operation of the enterprise.
 Details of the agreement were presented to workers at a membership meeting this week. Summaries of the agreement, along with ballots, are being mailed to all eligible members. Votes will be counted April 17.
 Richard H. Davis, interim director of USWA District 36, said the agreement, which covers about 1,700 workers, "meets the members' needs for both the short and long term."
 "This agreement also recognizes the valuable contributions workers and their union can make to the success of their enterprise by offering the workers employment security, a voice in the operation of the company and the opportunity to upgrade their skills to the advantage of both the workers and their employer.
 "This is the type of involvement America needs to compete effectively in the global economy."
 The agreement would run from April 1, 1993, to April 1, 1996.
 Here are the highlights:
 -- A $1.50 an hour wage increase.
 -- Guaranteed employment security under which workers who otherwise would be laid off are reassigned for training or to non-traditional jobs. They will be guaranteed 32 hours of work per week, at a minimum pay of $11 an hour.
 -- An increase to 60 cents an hour, from the current 51 cents, in company contributions to the employee pension plan.
 -- Gain-sharing and profit-sharing plans, along with gain-sharing bonuses.
 -- A worker involvement program to evaluate company operations and make recommendations for changes where they are deemed to be warranted. Among other additional things, a union representative will attend company board meetings and address the board if he so chooses.
 -- A reduction of 145 in the size of the work force, with payments up to $19,800 for those workers who leave.
 -- A new training program for trade and craft jobs.
 -0- 4/7/93
 /CONTACT: C.L. Entrekin, USWA staff representative, 205-546-6960, or USWA Communications Department, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/


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