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UNION RAPS MISINFORMATION ABOUT SCAB HIRING PREFERENCES AT RAC; CONTRACT SUMMARIES AND BALLOTS MAILED TO USW MEMBERS

 UNION RAPS MISINFORMATION ABOUT SCAB HIRING PREFERENCES AT RAC;
 CONTRACT SUMMARIES AND BALLOTS MAILED TO USW MEMBERS
 PITTSBURGH, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW), reaffirming certain terms of its proposed contract settlement with the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC), said today the pact requires the company to terminate scab employees, gives all union members recall rights and, contrary to published reports, does not guarantee jobs for any scabs or give them preferential treatment when openings exist.
 In addition, the union said, the proposal requires the company to get rid of outside contractors whose presence in the plant violates existing language on the contracting out of work.
 The reaffirmation of these points was made by USW Vice President George Becker as part of a comprehensive summary booklet of the proposal that was mailed today to 1,500 eligible members of USW Local 5668 employed at Ravenswood. About 200 members of Local 5668 retired during the lockout.
 In addition to the summary booklet, each member will receive a pre-addressed stamped envelope and ballot. The ballots must be returned to a Charleston, W.Va., post office box by 8 a.m. June 12, when they will be retrieved, validated and counted.
 Subject to ratification by the membership of Local 5668, the date of this unique, historic agreement will be June 12, 1992, but its "effective" date shall be the date the first shift of Local 5668 members return to work. The tentative date of return is June 29, 1992. The agreement will expire on May 31, 1995.
 The union said the locked-out union members are being urged to deposit their ballots in the return mail by June 9 in order to assure receipt for the ratification count by the six-member Local 5668 Tellers' Committee.
 The Local 5668 members already have been briefed on the proposal at a four-hour meeting last Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center.
 "The proposed settlement contains an enforceable commitment by the company to terminate each and every permanent replacement," Becker said. "If the proposed settlement is ratified, the permanent replacements will not only lose their jobs, but will have no right under our new contract to make the company take them back. They will have no recall rights like you have had in the past and will enjoy again under the proposed settlement."
 Some media outlets, citing what was said to be a company document and quoting a company spokesman, had reported that the scabs would be given preference in filling future job openings, the union said.
 In a separate letter to the company, which was read to the members at Saturday's meeting, Becker said:
 "Our union is opposed to the company's rehiring of the permanent replacements. We believe it would be totally counterproductive to putting the business back on the track to recovery."
 In his memorandum mailed with the summary booklet to the Local 5668 members, Becker pointed out that, under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the company was required to notify the scabs 60 days in advance of any termination, and it had met that requirement. The provisions in WARN also require that a copy of the notice be received by the USW.
 The WARN notice tells the replacements that if the Steelworkers vote to ratify the agreement, the scabs "will be separated from RAC to make room for returning Steelworkers." The termination date would be June 29, the date Local 5668 members are to return.
 Because June 29 represents roughly half of the 60-day notice required by federal law, RAC apparently decided to terminate the scabs on that date and pay them for the remaining 30 days they otherwise would have been on the payroll.
 "According to the union's attorneys, RAC is doing nothing more than complying with its clear statutory liability to the scabs," Becker said. "It's the price (RAC) must pay to make way for returning Steelworkers."
 The company termination notice tells the scabs they will receive "placement on a preferential hiring list which will be considered when filling future job vacancies."
 "As we have already said," Becker added, "we oppose any hiring of scabs in the future as new hires. Quite apart from our new contract, however, if the company decides on its own to put the scabs on a 'preferential hiring list,' that is not the same as a recall list under our contract. When you are laid off, for example, our contract requires the company to recall you before hiring someone new...granting the scabs 'consideration' does not in any way require the company to actually hire them.
 "Why is the company giving the scabs some going-away money? Because the law requires it and, presumably, to keep the scabs from misbehaving on the job in their last few weeks of work."
 -0- 6/3/92
 /EDITORS: News media correspondents can request copies of the USW's summary booklet of the proposed agreement between the union and Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. by contacting the USW Communications Department in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442, the USW District 23 office in Charleston, W.Va., 304-768-7395 or the offices of Fingerhut, Powers and Smith in Washington 202-331-3700./
 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442, or Joe Chapman, staff representative, USW District 23, 304-768-7395/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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