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CANTON, Ohio –In yet another scheme to rob workers of hard-won benefits, multibillionaire Carl Icahn has ordered his management at PSC Metals in Canton, Ohio, to lock out his 60 Steel Workers since Feb. 1 unless they accede to his demand to kill their health insurance plan.  Icahn wants to throw the workers onto the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, USW says, and pay the $2,000-per-worker fines, instead.  USW Local 3610-02 filed a labor law-breaking complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.  “The ACA was never intended to be used by employers as an excuse to deprive workers of insurance,” said USW District 1 Director David McCall, “yet Carl Icahn would rather pay the fine than negotiate a contract in Canton that includes fair pay and benefits.”

-PAI