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STEELWORKERS NOMINATE MIT DEPUTY DEAN TO BE MEMBER OF INLAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynn R. Williams, International president of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), today announced the nomination of Robert B. McKersie, deputy dean of the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to be the union's representative on the Inland Steel Industries Inc. (NYSE: IAD) board of directors.
 McKersie, 64, is a 1951 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1956 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1959. Prior to joining the Sloan School of Management as a professor in 1980, he had served as an assistant professor and professor at the University of Chicago; and as dean and professor of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
 He has extensive experience in labor-management relations and has been published widely in the field. He also is a member of numerous honorary and professional societies, and has served on state and federal commissions dealing with such issues as pay, employment, dislocation and arbitration.
 In announcing the nomination, Williams said:
 "Professor McKersie is the ideal choice to represent the interests of shareholders, the company and our union members. He is highly respected, he has a wealth of academic and professional experience, and he will make a valuable contribution to the overall well-being of all concerned, which is as it should be in this kind of unique partnership."
 Jack Parton, director of USWA District 31 and chairman of the union's Inland Negotiating Committee, submitted McKersie's name to Williams after McKersie met Parton and leaders of Local Union 1010, which represents the approximately 7,200 USWA members employed by Inland in East Chicago, Ind.
 "The Inland membership and I see Professor McKersie as the final link to the groundbreaking labor agreement we signed last July," Parton said. "With employment security, a role in the day-to-day operations, a voice in the board room, access to business plans and input into strategic decision-making the workers are fully empowered. They and the company are now in a position to be major players in the marketplace.
 "This is an exciting challenge for the union as we enter a new period of worker participation and power sharing."
 McKersie also met today with the grievance committee and officers of Local Union 1010 at the local union hall in East Chicago. He was scheduled to meet later today with Sandy Nelson, president and chief operating officer of Inland Steel Co., and Judd R. Cool, Inland Industries vice president of human resources, for a tour of the steel plant.
 The board nomination was part of the new, long-term contract the union and Inland agreed to last year under the union's New Directions bargaining policy.
 The union also has negotiated board seats at USX Corp., USS/Kobe, National Steel, and LTV in the recently concluded round of contract negotiations. Nominations for those seats have not yet been made. The union's members have been represented on the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. board since 1986 and at a number of other smaller companies.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Parton, director of USWA District 31, 219-398-2051, or USWA Communications Department, 412-562-2442/
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