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USW: REVEALS BUDWEISER SAYS 'NO' TO RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM

 USW: REVEALS BUDWEISER SAYS 'NO' TO RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM
 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Anheuser-Busch Companies (NYSE: BUD), makers of Budweiser and other beers, have notified the United Steelworkers of America (USW) that they have not and will not use aluminum from the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC) to package their products "because Ravenswood is not a qualified source," the union said today.
 Annheuser-Busch is the second major brewery to put RAC off-limits. The Stroh Brewery had earlier made a similar commitment. Both resulted from a campaign conducted by the union asking end-users of aluminum not to purchase products made with RAC aluminum, the union said.
 Joseph L. Goltzman, an Anheuser-Busch vice-president in charge of metals purchases, made the statement in a letter, dated Jan. 21, 1992, to Mike Gambino, president of USW Local 711-A in Las Vegas, Nev. A copy was sent to and released by George Becker, USW International vice-president who has been heading the union's coordinated campaign in the labor dispute with RAC.
 "Anheuser-Busch has a long history of good relations with organized labor and the United Steelworkers of America," Goltzman wrote. "I understand your concern with respect to the dispute between the United Steelworkers of America and Ravenswood, but we do not purchase Ravenswood metal nor do we allow its use in our cans."
 Goltzman was asked specifically to respond to a claim that RAC aluminum was being used to make cans for Budweiser at the Houston, Texas, plant of American National Can, which is a large volume user of RAC aluminum, the union said.
 "Using Ravenswood metal for our cans would violate the terms and conditions of our can supply arrangements with them, because Ravenswood is not a qualified source. We have already taken appropriate steps to ensure that our suppliers will adhere to our contractual requirements in this regard," he said.
 "Our members are very pleased," Becker said.
 "We are hopeful these actions by Stroh and Anheuser-Busch will lead other end-users to the same decision and that eventually we can resolve the labor dispute with a collective bargaining agreement that puts our members back to work."
 The union said some 1,700 members of USW Local 5668 have been off the job since Nov. 1, 1990, when RAC, located in Ravenswood, W.Va., broke off negotiations for a new contract and locked them out.
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 /CONTACT: USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442/
 (BUD) CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.;
 Anheuser-Busch Companies ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON


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