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Ohio Woman May Get Dodge Pickup for Rejecting Car

August 13, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An Ohio woman who turned down a $17,000 Honda she won on a game show because it was non-union will receive a new car - union made, of course - from the AFL-CIO, the labor federation said Monday.

Last week, Pamela Richards told game show officials ″I don’t want that Honda. I am union,″ when she won an Accord on the Ohio lottery show ″Cash Explosion Double Play.″ She took a $1,000 cash prize instead.

The AFL-CIO was moved by her comments, especially since the game show bleeped over them, said Rex Hardesty, a spokesman for the 14.2 million member federation. The union decided to give Richards a car.

″What we’re trying to do is show that that’s the point of view of a lot of people in this country, and they can’t get their message out,″ Hardesty said.

The Honda that Richards rejected was made at a plant in Marysville, Ohio., where labor leaders contend the Japanese automaker has used union-busting stunts to keep the United Auto Workers from organizing workers.

Richards, a 23-year UAW member who lives in Risingsun, Ohio, wants a Dodge Dakota pickup, Hardesty said. Top-of-the-line Dakota trucks sell for between $16,000 and $20,000.

Earlier Monday, a car dealer in Huntington, W.Va., offered to loan Richards a 1990 Imperial, a $28,000 luxury sedan, for a year.

″The stand she took to buy American was really remarkable,″ said Frank Horney, president of Huntington Chrysler Imperial.

Richards said her four-driver family has four cars, but several of the vehicles are in poor condition.

″I’m excited. I never knew it was going to go this far,″ she said after being told of Horney’s offer.

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