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USW PREPARES FOR HISTORIC BACK-TO-WORK MARCH AT RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM IN WEST VIRGINIA; NLRB TO SIGN FORMAL SETTLEMENT DOCUMENT

 USW PREPARES FOR HISTORIC BACK-TO-WORK MARCH AT RAVENSWOOD ALUMINUM IN WEST VIRGINIA; NLRB TO SIGN FORMAL SETTLEMENT DOCUMENT
 Highly visible events are being planned to mark the unique return to work of some 1,500 of the 1,700 United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local Union 5668 members who were locked out of work nearly twenty months ago by the Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC), the union said today.
 About 200 members have retired since the lock-out began on Nov. 1, 1990.
 "This historic moment marks a turning point for the future of America's working men and women," commented George Becker, USW international vice president (administration), who led the highly successful struggle of the union workers to win back their jobs.
 "It may seem remarkable to some, in this day and age, that a mass firing of scabs can take place at the same time union members regain their jobs," Becker added, "but that's what's happening. All the scabs will be gone by 7 a.m. and we'll be going in at 9 a.m. on Monday morning, June 29, in Ravenswood, W.Va."
 Here's what will happen on the 29th, providing vivid photo opportunities:
 In Ravenswood:
 -- 7 to 9 a.m. -- Since all the remaining "replacement
 workers" will be gone, management will maintain operations
 on an idle status until union workers return;
 -- 8 to 8:30 a.m. -- Members and family, including LU 5668's
 Women's Support Group, are expected to line the road (W.Va.
 Route 20) adjoining the plant;
 -- 8:30 a.m. -- Those LU 5668 members scheduled to work, and
 their families, will march 100 yards into the plant from
 the south parking lot, wearing their "lock-out" shirts,
 behind a banner (which will read, "One Day Longer
 -- Solidarity Works") held by Becker, USW District 23
 director Jim Bowen, District Staff Representative Joe Chapman
 LU 5668 President Dan Stidham;
 -- 9 a.m. -- LU 5668 members scheduled for the first shift
 report back to work after the 20-month long lock-out; and
 -- 10 a.m. -- Short press briefing will be held at LU 5668
 hall on New Chance Drive (coffee and doughnuts will be
 served).
 In Charleston, W.Va., (Photo opportunity & news event):
 -- 1 p.m. -- Official signing of the National Labor
 Relations Board (NLRB) Settlement required to formally
 end the lock-out, at the Holiday Inn Charleston House,
 the Isacoff Room, 600 Kanawha Boulevard, East, 304-344-4092,
 in Charleston, (the state capital), by NLRB
 Regional Director D. Randall Frye (Cincinnati Office),
 Becker, RAC President William Hampshire and Peter Nash,
 RAC's chief negotiator and special counsel (and former
 general counsel of the NLRB).
 Each participant will make a brief statement following signing of the documents, and will be available for questions.
 "As part of this remarkable transition process," Bowen said, "our picket lines were removed following the membership's overwhelming ratification vote (1287 to 181) on June 12th." The company has taken down its barbed-wire topped fence, Bowen noted, and has completed removal of the armor-plating and "hay-wagons" it brought in during the lock-out. "The 'Battle of Fort RAC' has now ended," Bowen proclaimed.
 Becker and Bowen indicated that the victory march itself on the 29th will be limited to USW LU 5668 members and their families only. A "Solidarity Victory Celebration" sponsored by the USW will be held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, date and time to be announced, they said.
 For out-of-town media -- rooms are available at the Parkersburg Holiday Inn, 304-485-6200 (Parkersburg is approximately 30 miles from Ravenswood) or the Charleston House Holiday Inn, 304-344-4092 (Charleston is approximately an hour's drive from Ravenswood). Transportation is available if needed.
 A special "camera area" for use by still and electronic media has been designated close to the plant's Main (South) Gate entrance on W.Va. Route 20 (the access road in front of the plant).
 A schematic drawing of all sites mentioned in this advisory will be available later in the week from the contacts listed at the top of the advisory.
 Ravenswood can be reached by taking Interstate 77 from either a northern or southern direction to the Ravenswood-Silverton exit (No. 146), then by traveling west toward the Ohio River, then south on W.Va. 2 approximately three miles to the plant.
 LU 5668's Union Hall is approximately two miles south on W.Va. 2.
 CONTACT: Gary Hubbard of USW Communications Department, 412-562-2442, Joe Chapman, staff representative, USW District 23, 304-768-7395, or Frank Powers of Fingerhut, Powers, Smith & Associates, 202-331-3700, for USW.
 -0- 6/25/92


CO: United Steelworkers of America; Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON

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