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TEAMSTERS ISSUES RESPONSE TO KMART'S DENIAL OF 'SPYING ON WORKERS'

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following:
 The reports prepared for Kmart managers by the investigative agency speak for themselves. The spies gathered and reported to Kmart the broadest, most personal information on employees -- living arrangements, where they shopped, who their friends were, what they did after working hours and personal beliefs and opinions.
 The following excerpts from reports to Kmart management by Confidential Investigating Consultants illustrate the personal nature of the information reported to management. They also show an interest in topics far broader than any legitimate interest in curbing theft or drug use. (Names are deleted to protect privacy):
 "Inv (investigator) was still there with XXX and XXX. XXX started saying she lives with XXX who always drills her for information. But she claims that she doesn't tell anything. Then she told us that she's going to Walmart to shop, but XXX is dedicated to the company and only shops there."
 "Inv told XXX that Inv sent Inv's union card in. He told XXX not to tell anyone because there are a lot of people who will turn people in so they can get ahead. XXX also stated not to trust anyone. Inv asked can Inv trust him. He replied of course but don't tell anyone."
 "Inv worked in the mods again. XXX was helping every now and then. The mods looked in fair condition. Inv really didn't get to talk to many people today with XXX all over the place. XXX said he can't wait for the beers tomorrow at John's Pub."
 "At lunch, XXX was saying that if her husband takes one of the job offers at a different college that she is going to quit working for the company."
 -0- 9/14/93
 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/
 (KM)


CO: International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Kmart Corporation ST: Michigan IN: REA SU:

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