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STEELWORKERS TO TAKE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT WITH RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM TO MEMBERS FOR A VOTE

 STEELWORKERS TO TAKE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT WITH RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM
 TO MEMBERS FOR A VOTE
 PITTSBURGH, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) announced today it had received a proposed settlement for a new contract from the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC), bringing into sight the end of a 19-month lockout of 1,700 members of USW Local 5668.
 The proposal, which came during a marathon bargaining session that began at 2 p.m. Tuesday and ended at 9:30 a.m. today, will be submitted to the membership for a vote.
 Details of the proposal are being withheld pending a members-only meeting in the Coliseum Room of the Charleston, W.Va., Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30. Members were asked to bring their plant identification cards with them for admission to the meeting.
 The ratification process will be completed by mail. A detailed summary of the agreement and a ballot will be mailed to members.
 George Becker, USW International vice president, and Jim Bowen, director of USW District 23 in which RAC is located, said in a joint statement:
 "This proposal is the result of 19 months of unparalleled solidarity by the members of Local 5668, the unflagging support of the labor movement -- both in the United States and abroad -- and fair-minded people who are repelled by illegal lockouts and union-busting."
 The union said the lockout began Nov. 1, 1990, when RAC, under the leadership of chairman and chief executive officer R. Emmett Boyle, rejected a union proposal to extend the previous agreement while negotiations continued. Instead, security guards ordered Local 5668 members off the premises and replaced them with scabs, the union said.
 Prior to the lockout, RAC had ringed the plant with barbed wire, installed surveillance cameras and hired armed guards, the union said.
 The lockout was the first negotiation-related work stoppage in the 30-year history of the plant, the union said. It had been owned previously by Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp., which sold the facility to RAC in 1989 in a leveraged buyout.
 Acting on charges brought by the union, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) brought a complaint of unfair labor practices against the company last year and held a hearing. The general counsel of the NLRB has tentatively approved the provisions that relate to settlement of the NLRB complaint. If the company's offer is accepted by the union membership, the resolution of the NLRB charges will be submitted to the administrative law judge.
 The USW conducted an international public information campaign to pressure the company back to the bargaining table. Among other things, the campaign produced promises from major soft drink and beer manufacturers not to use cans made from scab aluminum produced at Ravenswood, the union said.
 That and other efforts by the union contributed to a sizeable decline in RAC revenues and prompted RAC's board of directors to oust Boyle, the union said. In its April 21 announcement of Boyle's firing, the board said it had appointed Peter Nash, former general counsel of the NLRB, to initiate contact with the union with an eye to reaching a quick resolution of the dispute.
 Nash and the USW's Becker held a get-acquainted session on April 21, and negotiations between the union and company began on April 29. That was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since July of 1991.
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 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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