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TEAMSTERS PROTEST AT GODIVA CHOCOLATE STORES IN 20 CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ON OCT. 20

 TEAMSTERS PROTEST AT GODIVA CHOCOLATE STORES
 IN 20 CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ON OCT. 20
 Godiva Chocolates at 10 South LaSalle St. to be Chicago Site
 Teamsters Union members and supporters will protest at Godiva chocolate stores nationwide Tuesday, Oct. 20, as part of a campaign to highlight what the union says are quality control problems at Diamond Walnut of California, which supplies walnuts for Godiva candy sold in the United States.
 In Chicago, leafletting will take place in front of the Godiva store, 10 South LaSalle St., beginning at noon.
 The other target cities are: New York; St. Louis; Miami; Washington; Reading, Pa. (where the candies are manufactured); Grand Rapids, Mich.; Boston; Detroit; Los Angeles; Atlanta; Pittsburgh; Denver; Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; Camden, N.J. (where Godiva's corporate parent, Campbell Soup, is headquartered); Dallas; Cleveland; and San Francisco. In San Francisco, Teamster President Ron Carey will join with two busloads of striking Diamond Walnut workers in front of Neiman Marcus, a Godiva outlet, to distribute leaflets.
 Diamond Walnut workers went on strike to protest what the union says are company efforts to cut health benefits to a mostly minority, mostly female work force -- some with as much as 30 years of service to the Fortune 500 company.
 According to the Teamsters, the company hired inexperienced replacement workers to process and inspect walnuts. As a result, nuts that are rancid and contaminated by dead worms, mold and insects have been sold to the public and to commercial users of walnuts, the union said.
 An international boycott against the company was announced on Aug. 10, 1992.
 CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the Teamsters Union, 202-624-6911.
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