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STEELWORKERS HOPEFUL THAT MEETING WITH GOVERNOR EDWARDS WILL RESULT IN RESUMING MEANINGFUL CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

 BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "We thank Gov. Edwin Edwards regarding his concern for the Bayou Steel (NYSE: BYX) work stoppage, and for bringing both sides together for a meeting in his office," said Jim Pepitone, United Steelworkers of America (USWA) staff representative, who heads the union's bargaining committee.
 Among those present at the Aug. 25 meeting were Pepitone, Ron Ferraro, president of USWA Local 9121, and Bayou Steel CEO Howard M. Meyers.
 "The governor asked questions of both parties, and ended by encouraging us to renew contract negotiations," said Pepitone. "Our final statement to him is that we are prepared to meet with the company anytime in meaningful negotiations aimed at settling this dispute."
 The work stoppage by 300 members of USWA Local 9121 began on March 21, three days after voting 268-6 to reject Bayou's take-away offers. The USWA said it has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging a number of unfair labor practices.
 On Aug. 2, USWA Vice President George F. Becker announced the beginning of an all-out, coordinated "Corporate Campaign" geared towards bringing about productive negotiations and a contract settlement. The campaign will continue until a settlement is ratified by Local 9121 members.
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 /CONTACT: James Pepitone, USWA staff representative, in Baton Rouge, 504-927-4912, or USWA Communications, 412-562-2442/
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