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New USWA official
claims small victory
WASHINGTON-The United Steelworkers of America has won a ``partial victory'' in its ongoing fight against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., according to John Sellers, who was elected executive vice president of the USWA Rubber/Plastics Industry Conference, Sept. 25.
As a result of the union's economic campaign, BFS has rehired all but about 150 of the approximately 4,000 striking workers it fired in January 1995, Mr. Sellers said at a Sept. 26 press conference.
The USWA will step up its boycott in order to force the company to meet all union demands, he added.
A BFS spokesman denied that the union's campaign has had any adverse impact on the tire maker's business, and said it has 172 former strikers still on its preferential hiring list.