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STEELWORKERS LOCAL 1011 TO HOLD HEARING ON UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS AT LTV HARBOR WORKS PLANT

STEELWORKERS LOCAL 1011 TO HOLD HEARING ON UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
 AT LTV HARBOR WORKS PLANT
 EAST CHICAGO, Ind., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The union representing 3,800 steelworkers at LTV's (NYSE: QLTV) Harbor, Ind., plant said today that because safety conditions at the plant have deteriorated significantly over the last three months, employee welfare is at serious peril.
 John Sako, president of Local 1011 of the United Steelworkers of America (USW), AFL-CIO, CLC, said that his union has called an emergency hearing for Thursday, Feb. 20, to allow LTV employees an opportunity to provide Local 1011's Safety Committee with specific examples and evidence to document the deterioration of working conditions.
 The hearing is slated to commence at 4 p.m., and will take place at the headquarters of Local 1011, 1803 Broadway, East Chicago.
 Information gathered at the hearing will help the union assess whether there is a need to take a strike vote.
 According to Sako, earlier this week, a plant employee was injured on the job when a steel fragment struck his eye.
 Sako blasted LTV Harbor Works management, charging that "the officials who run LTV and its Harbor Works plant have shown a callous disregard for employee health and safety."
 Sako said that his members will not work under hazardous conditions. "This week alone, more than 20 employees at the Harbor Works walked off their job, refusing to work under extremely dangerous conditions."
 This Friday, an arbitrator will hear testimony on a union grievance charging the company with violating safety standards by requiring employees to service equipment in the 84-inch hot strip mill while the "coiler" is in operation. Unionized employees who have refused to work in this area of the plant are eligible for back-pay if the arbitrator rules in the union's favor.
 Earlier this week, under threat of a temporary restraining order (TRO), LTV asked the arbitrator to expedite her decision by rendering an opinion by Feb. 21, and agreed to immediately award back-pay if the arbitrator rules in the union's favor. The company also agreed that until the arbitrator renders her decision, it will allow union officials an opportunity to inform employees of the union's concerns about health and safety conditions in the coiler area before employees are assigned work in this area of the plant.
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 /EDITORS: The hearing is open to the media./
 /CONTACT: Dennis Adams of USW Local 1011, 219-398-3150/
 (QLTV) CO: United Steelworkers of America Local 1011; LTV ST: Indiana IN: MNG SU:


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