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FOOD LION BLASTS UFCW'S LATEST EFFORT IN 'CORPORATE CAMPAIGN' AGAINST FOOD LION

 FOOD LION BLASTS UFCW'S LATEST EFFORT
 IN 'CORPORATE CAMPAIGN' AGAINST FOOD LION
 WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Lion issued the following:
 Food Lion Vice President-Government Affairs Vince Watkins today blasted the United Food and Commercial Workers Union's (UFCW) attempt to manipulate Congress to force the Department of Labor to accelerate an investigation into alleged wage and hour violations. In a calculated effort, UFCW representatives initiated a "Dear Colleague" letter signed by four members of Congress calling for Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin to divert the department's resources to give special attention to alleged wage and hour violations by Food Lion. In response, a letter is being distributed to the House signed by four members of Congress requesting that members hold off signing the letter to Martin until Food Lion has had a chance to respond to the allegations. Food Lion has offered to meet personally with each member of Congress.
 This is the second UFCW attempt this year to use Congress to pressure Food Lion management to unionize. It appears related to an earlier effort in March when House hearings were held ostensibly on problems with the Labor Department's enforcement of wage and hour laws.
 In responding to this latest effort by the UFCW, Watkins added, "We regret that our customers and employees are inconvenienced by the union's 'Corporate Campaign.' Since 1980 when the then-Food Town employees rejected the union, we have been the target of many UFCW union 'Corporate Campaign' tactics."
 "It's simple arithmetic," said Watkins. "The UFCW can spend $1 million each year for 10 years and still recoup the $10 million with just one year from our employees' union dues. Considering that only 16 percent of today's work force belong to unions, and that unions are desperately seeking new members, it's easy to imagine that they would do just about anything to try to force us to agree to unionize."
 Food Lion is the nation's fastest growing supermarket chain operating 918 stores in 13 states. Annual sales in 1991 were $6.4 billion, an increase of $800 million from 1990. Each year, the company adds 100 new stores, creating 5,000-8,000 new jobs. The chain is headquartered in Salisbury, N.C.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Clark or Pamela Kostmayer-Jones for Food Lion, 703-519-0800/ CO: Food Lion ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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