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USW SCHEDULES RALLY FOR MARCH 29 IN FAIRMONT TO SUPPORT STRIKING MEMBERS AT HELMICK CORP.

 USW SCHEDULES RALLY FOR MARCH 29 IN FAIRMONT
 TO SUPPORT STRIKING MEMBERS AT HELMICK CORP.
 FAIRMONT, W.Va., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A huge rally will be held here March 29 in support of striking members of the United Steelworkers of America whose jobs have been given to scabs by management of the Helmick Corp., the union said today.
 The rally will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Marion County Armory, 1516 Mary Lou Retton Drive.
 Jim Bowen, director of USW District 23, described the use of "scabs" as yet "another attempt to deprive workers of the rights they have under national labor laws."
 "We must all unite in the battle against this contemptible practice," Bowen said.
 Bowen said District 23 members from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will be present to show their solidarity with the 70 members of Local 12475.
 The local struck the Helmick Corp., a privately-held foundry, on June 16, 1991, after the members rejected a company proposal for a new contract that would have cut wages and benefits across-the-board by $4.95 an hour, the union said. Of that total, $3.12 was in wages, which at the time ranged from a low of $11.43 to a high $12.88 an hour. The proposed cuts would have represented reductions of 27.3 percent for the lowest wage-earner and 24.2 percent for the highest.
 In benefits, the company wanted to raise the health care deductible to $500 a year from the previous $200, and it demanded other changes in health care that could have cost each member up to $2,500 a year, the union said.
 The union had offered to reduce wages by $2 an hour, with complete restoration of the concession by the end of a proposed four-year contract, the union said.
 The union said within three weeks of the strike, the company hired "scabs" as permanent replacements for the USW members. The company is owned by Louis Helmick II, and sons Louis Helmick III and David Helmick.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Gouty of USW District 23 Sub-District Office, in Fairmont, W.Va., 304-366-5350, or USW Communications Department, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/ CO: United Steelworkers of America; Helmick Corp. ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU:


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