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TENTATIVE RAVENSWOOD PACT HIGHLIGHTED BY RETURN OF ALL USWA MEMBERS, LOCKOUT PENALTY, WAGE AND PENSION INCREASES

 TENTATIVE RAVENSWOOD PACT HIGHLIGHTED BY RETURN OF ALL USWA
 MEMBERS, LOCKOUT PENALTY, WAGE AND PENSION INCREASES
 CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America announced today that a proposed contract settlement with Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. requires the company to rehire all members of USWA Local 5668 who want to return to work.
 The settlement, which was described to the workers at a meeting here today, also requires the company to make a $2,000 payment to each of the 1,700 employees who were locked out of their jobs on Nov. 1, 1990.
 Other provisions of the pact include wage increases totaling $1.25 an hour over its three-year life, pension increases, retention of a cost-of-living clause paying 74 cents an hour, and a Progress Sharing Plan under which workers will be paid 10 percent of the company's after tax profits to further reimburse them for losses they suffered during the lockout.
 The first-year wage increase of 75 cents an hour will be effective upon ratification. It will be followed by 25 cents an hour increases in each of the next two years.
 The union will be mailing printed summaries of the proposal, along with ballots and pre-stamped return envelopes, to the members in the next few days. The ballots are to be returned to a Charleston post office box by 8 a.m. June 12. The votes will be counted that day in Charleston.
 George Becker, USWA vice president and chairman of the union's Ravenswood Coordinate Campaign Task Force, and Jim Bowen, director of USWA District 23 in which Ravenswood is located, said in a joint statement:
 "Literally thousands of people helped us to arrive at this point, where our members are on the verge of claiming their jobs back from scabs. But none have been more influential than the members of Local 5668, who demonstrated extraordinary solidarity and upheld their vow to endure one day longer than the company."
 The settlement proposal was announced after a marathon bargaining session that began at 2 p.m. last Tuesday and ended at 9:30 a.m. the following day.
 The lockout began Nov. 1, 1990, when R. Emmett Boyle, then RAC's chairman and chief executive officer, ordered workers out of the plant after rejecting a union proposal to extend the previous agreement while negotiations continued, and replacing them with scabs.
 It was the first negotiation-related work stoppage in the 30-year history of the plant, which had been owned previously by Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. and was sold to RAC in 1989 in a leveraged buyout.
 An international public information campaign by the union was a significant factor in the decision by RAC's board of directors to oust Boyle on April 21 and initiate negotiations with the union.
 When the two sides resumed talks on April 29, it was the first face- to-face meeting since July of 1991.
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 /CONTACT: USWA Communications Department, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. ST: West Virginia IN: SU: CON


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