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USW: GHOST OF LTV HAUNTS REPUBLIC ENGINEERED STEELS

 USW: GHOST OF LTV HAUNTS REPUBLIC ENGINEERED STEELS
 CANTON, Ohio, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Lingering animosity toward


LTV apparently helped to defeat contract modification proposals by hourly workers at Republic Engineered Steels (RESI) in a vote counted today, said United Steelworkers of America (USW) District 27 Director Dan Martin.
 Union officials from the eight USW local unions involved completed counting the mail-in ballots in Canton this afternoon. Steelworkers at RESI plants in five states -- Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Connecticut -- took part in the balloting.
 The contract proposals would have provided the workers with a no lay-off guarantee, with 40 hours of work or pay provided to every employee, in exchange for joint local authority to restructure the way the company produces its steel.
 The Steelworkers voted against the proposals by 1,940 to 906.
 "I think a lot of the members felt they were being asked to bear all the burden of making sure the company gets through this recession," the union's chief negotiator said. "Apparently, a majority took their cue from the fact that LTV, which still has a substantial stake in RESI, didn't see the need to help.
 "Also, I think there was some uncertainty over whether everybody -- including management -- would be pitching in equally," Martin noted, "and that certainly affected people negatively.
 Some workers present at the count pointed out that management employees and the president of the company received a pay increase, just as the workers were being asked to vote. "That was bad timing," Martin said, "to say the least.
 "Unless the company has something new to say, or offer," Martin said, "I don't foresee anything new happening until the current RESI agreement expires in June of 1993, 18 months from now. As far as I'm concerned, our members have spoken, as they have every right to do, on this set of proposals."
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 /CONTACT: Dan Martin, director of USW District 27, 216-493-7721/ CO: Republic Engineered Steels; United Steelworkers of America ST: Ohio IN: MNG SU: CON


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