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USW: LOCKED-OUT STEELWORKERS TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL HEARING HEARING ON U.S. MINT'S DEALING WITH FUGITIVE MARC RICH

 USW: LOCKED-OUT STEELWORKERS TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
 HEARING ON U.S. MINT'S DEALING WITH FUGITIVE MARC RICH
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) said today that a contingent of workers who have been locked out of their jobs by the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC) will attend a hearing Dec. 4 that will try to determine why the U.S. Mint has been awarding multi-million dollar contracts to Marc Rich, a metals trader who has been living in Switzerland to escape trial here on criminal tax fraud charges.
 The workers represent 1,700 members of Local 5668 of the United Steelworkers of America who were forced from their jobs on Nov. 1, 1990, in Ravenswood, W.Va., when RAC broke off contract negotiations, the union said.
 An international investigation by the USW has determined a direct financial link between Rich and RAC. Rich fled the country in 1983 ahead of a 65-count indictment and has been living in Zug, Switzerland. Despite his fugitive status, companies controlled by Rich have been consistently awarded contracts by the Mint to supply copper and nickel, the union said.
 The USW has called the Mint-Rich arrangement scandalous and demanded that the practice be ended. The union detailed its allegations against Rich in letters and documents sent to all members of Congress.
 The hearing will be conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice and Agriculture. U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., (D-Mich.) is committee chairman, and U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, (D-W.Va) is subcommittee chairman.
 The hearing will begin at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Hubbard of USW Communications Department, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442; Joe Chapman of USW Distric 23, 304-768-7395; or Jack Sheehan of USW Legislative Office, 202-638-6929/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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