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UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA AND USS/KOBE STEEL AGREE TO RESUME CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

 LORAIN, Ohio, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and USS/KOBE Steel Company announced today that they have agreed to resume contract negotiations in Pittsburgh on Oct. 14 aiming for a settlement by Oct. 29.
 The current contract expires at midnight on Jan. 31, 1994. The USWA represents about 2,300 workers at the company.
 Efforts to reach an agreement earlier this year ended on March 31. Both parties agreed that progress was being made at the time the talks were discontinued but conceded that a lot of work still remains.
 "We were making progress in our New Directions bargaining approach when we broke off and we will continue to work for an agreement that meets our objectives," said Frank Valenta, director of USWA District 28 and chief union negotiator with USS/KOBE Steel Company.
 Paul J. Wilhelm, president of USS/KOBE Steel Company, stated, "We are looking forward to going back to the table. Our company, its associates, the community and customers will all benefit from an early agreement that addresses everyone's concerns."
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 /CONTACT: George A. Manos, assistant to the president of USS/KOBE Steel, 216-277-2300; or Gary Hubbard, communications, United Steelworkers of America, 412-562-2442/


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