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UAW PRESIDENT VISITS SOUTH CAROLINA

 WINNSBORO, S.C., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are remarks by UAW President Owen Bieber:
 It is a pleasure for me to again join Dave Bortz and the brothers and sisters of UAW Local 5841 here at one of the most dynamic locals to be found anywhere.
 I am also honored to share the podium with UAW Secretary-Treasurer Bill Casstevens, Region 8 Director Bobby Lee Thompson, and the CEO of Mack Trucks, Elios Pascual, Executive Vice President Bill Craig, as well as the other company representatives who are on hand.
 This is a good day for the company and the union but it's also a good day for South Carolina.
 Many people said that what has been accomplished here at this plant in Winnsboro couldn't be done. Some, quite frankly, didn't want it to be done.
 It's no secret that for a time this plant was caught up in some widely publicized strife. There was tension between the old and the new ... the north and the south ... between union supporters and union opposers.
 What you all have achieved here during the last few years therefore is all the more worthy of attention.
 Overcoming the internal tensions and the ill-wishes of outsiders who wanted this plant to fail, you have truly become pioneers in quality production and in employee involvement.
 By raising the UAW flag and affixing the joint company/union quality seal to the trucks we make here today, a message is being sent to Mack's customers all over the world. It is a message of pride: pride in your work, pride in your company and pride in your union.
 And you should be proud you are blazing a trail not just for Mack workers in South Carolina but throughout the corporation.
 You have demonstrated that a union contract can be an instrument of modernizing and focusing the efforts of a workforce.
 You have shown that South Carolina can truly be part of the global economy of the future.
 How?
 By producing a world class product for a world class, foreign based, employer with a diverse and dedicated union workforce.
 Now we understand that maintaining Mack's worldwide reputation for quality and durability is also important to the future of this company, to our members, and to this community. That's why we're working to improve product quality still further.
 That effort isn't just important to this employer or even just this community. It's important to our country.
 Yesterday, I was up in Mount Holly, N.C., to tour another successful UAW-represented multi-national owned facility -- Freightliner.
 You know, people may have prejudices and stereotypes about the South. But it's here in the South, from Doraville, Ga., to Shreveport, La., to Winnsboro, S.C., that the future of multi-national, high-quality union-made products is increasingly being defined.
 That's something we can all be proud of.
 Now if some of you think in making that statement that I might just be sending a message over to Greenville or for that matter all the way to Germany -- well you are free to draw your own conclusions.
 The one conclusion that we can absolutely draw here today is that this is a bulldog tough workforce building bulldog tough trucks and we want the whole world to know it.
 I'm proud to be a part of this ceremony and I am delighted that we have this strong and powerful base here in South Carolina.
 Thank you.
 -0- 2/10/93
 /CONTACT: Frank Joyce of UAW, 313-926-5291/


CO: United Auto Workers; Mack Trucks ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:

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