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USWA RETIREES ORGANIZE 'RUST BELT TOUR' TO SHOW DANGERS OF FREE TRADE AND NAFTA

 CANONSBURG, Pa., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of legislators and other public officials from western Pennsylvania will spend Friday, Aug. 27, on a bus tour to see first-hand what foreign competition has already done to the area's industrial base, and what further damage could be done by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), it was announced today.
 The "Rust Belt Tour," which will travel from Washington, Pa., to Sharon, Pa., is sponsored by retirees of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 3968 at Cooper Industries in Canonsburg.
 Tour participants "can see for themselves the impact that foreign competition and job exportation has had on our good citizens," said Sam Amorose, president of the Local 3968 retirees, and Frank Mascara, chairman of the Washington County commissioners, who is a co-sponsor of the tour.
 "It will provide an unforgettable picture of the extensive damage already done by so-called 'free trade' that has not only ruined the economies of our once prosperous industrial towns, but has disrupted the hopes, dreams and lives of hundreds of thousands of hard-working families who once willingly gave their all to the growth and development of our nation."
 Amorose and Mascara said the tour will also point up the danger posed by NAFTA, which would expand trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 "The plants we'll see weren't closed by NAFTA, but NAFTA will take what plants and jobs we have left south to Mexico," Amorose said. "We want our senators and representatives in Washington to see why they should reject NAFTA when it comes before Congress."
 The tour will depart from the Washington County Courthouse in Washington, Pa., at 8 a.m. and proceed along the Monongahela and Ohio River valleys up to New Castle, Pa., and Sharon, making stops at the sites of shut-down plants.
 Among those plants will be the Wheeling-Pittsburgh plant in Monessen, Pa.; U.S. Steel works in Clairton, McKeesport, Duquesne, Braddock and Homestead, Pa.; Mesta Machine Co. in Homestead; LTV Steel works in Pittsburgh and Aliquippa, Pa.; American Bridge works in Ambridge, Pa.; Rockwell plant in New Castle, and Sharon Steel plant in Sharon.
 At each stop the group will be met by local officials and union members. U.S. Rep. Austin Murphy (D-Monongahela) is scheduled to meet with the group at Monessen, and U.S. Rep. Ron Klink (D-Allegheny) will meet them at Aliquippa.
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 /CONTACT: Sam Amorose, 412-745-4186; Frank Giosta, 412-745-4641; or Bob Plute, 412-745-6381; all of USWA/


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