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USWA SAYS WORKERS CRITICAL TO ENDING BAYOU STEEL'S SLIDE; CALLS FOR GOOD FAITH BARGAINING TO END WORK STOPPAGE

 LA PLACE, La., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) said today the tenfold increase in losses reported by Bayou Steel Corp. lends urgency to the union's demands that the company engage in good-faith bargaining to end a five-month work stoppage.
 "It's obvious that the lack of skilled and dedicated union members has had an adverse effect on the company's performance," said Richard Davis, director of USWA District 36. "The company forced our members off the job, replaced them with inexperienced people off the street, and is now paying the consequences.
 "The time has come for the company to take off its blinders and do what's right, not only for our members and the community, but for itself as well. The right thing to do is to negotiate a contract that is fair to all concerned. We have always been prepared to do that. We're awaiting any sign from the company that it is like-minded."
 In the absence of any good-faith effort by the company, Davis said, the union will intensify the corporate campaign it began last week, which has included informational picketing by Bayou Steelworker members at a Bayou steel warehouse near Pittsburgh and other locations.
 Davis acknowledged a meeting between the USWA and the company was scheduled for today.
 The union said some 350 members represented by USWA Local Union 9121 were locked out by Bayou Steel on March 21 following a series of unfair labor practices by the company. The union has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging Bayou committed 22 violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
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 /CONTACT: James Pepitone, USWA staff representative, Baton Rouge, 504-927-4912/


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