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Quebecor World Workers: Respect on the Job is Essential for Quality Printing

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 -- Employees of Quebecor World, Inc. from as far away as Jonesboro, Ark., and Dickson, Tenn., came to this year's Folio: Show conference here today with an important message: Respect on the job is a key ingredient for quality printing. The workers, members of the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU), spoke with Quebecor World customers and other conference attendees about the negative affects of poor working conditions on product quality in non-union plants. "It's important that Quebecor World's customers know the huge difference our union has made -- not only for us in the plant but for the quality of their magazines and other publications. We have better training than non- union plants," says Barry Bryant, member of Jonesboro, Ark.'s GCIU Local 527M. Workers also asked customers to sign a pledge that calls on Quebecor World to respect U.S. labor law and international standards when workers want to form a union. The company has a pattern of unlawfully disciplining -- including, in some cases, firing -- workers because they want a voice on the job. "In the past, the company has implied that customers would leave if workers formed a union," said Ruth Rogers, member of GCIU Local 694M from Quebecor World's Dickson, Tenn. plant. "With this pledge, we can let our co- workers in non-union plants know that customers support their rights." The Folio: Show bills itself as "the largest and most comprehensive conference and exposition for the magazine industry" attended by more than 2,500 magazine publishing professionals. Quebecor World, Inc. is the largest commercial printing company in the world. Members of GCIU Local L1 in New York helped distribute the literature. "Quebecor World needs to understand that it's not just other Quebecor workers, but workers throughout the entire printing industry that are calling on the company to respect workers' rights," states Jose Velasquez, an organizer for Local L1.