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LUNDY HIT WITH MULTIPLE LEGAL ACTION

 WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Food and Commercial Workers Union today issued the following:
 Workers have hit Lundy, a Clinton, N.C., based meatpacker, with multiple legal actions, including a union-backed lawsuit filed today in federal court alleging that Lundy violated the federal law protecting employee retirement programs.
 Workers, supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), also filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contending that the company exposes workers to hazardous conditions, and failed to keep legally required records of workplace illnesses and injuries.
 Additionally, the UFCW filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging management's widespread and illegal interference with the workers' right to organize and support the union.
 According to UFCW Representative, Ron Kazel: "Lundy has been acting with disregard for the workers and the law. With the help of the UFCW, workers now realize that they don't have to be victimized by Lundy's lawlessness. Workers are standing up and standing together to protect themselves."
 The federal lawsuit, brought with the help of the UFCW by two current and one retired Lundy employee, comes as a result of questions concerning a sharp decline in the value of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that provides retirement benefits for Lundy employees. One worker saw the value of his retirement fund account drop from about $92,000 to $47,000 in a single year.
 "Workers wanted answers about how the plan was being run, and Lundy and the plan trustees refused to provide all the information that is required under the law," said Kazel.
 The lawsuit asks that Lundy and the trustees be ordered to provide the requested information, a fine of $100 a day for each day the information is untimely denied, and the appointment of an independent fiduciary for the plan.
 Charges filed with the NLRB stem from management's threats that employees could lose current pay and benefit levels if they chose to be represented by a union, and that the company wouldn't deal with a union. Kazel said, "The company used mandatory small group meetings with workers at the plant to spread fear and intimidation with their illegal threats."
 The UFCW pledged to continue to fight the company's lawlessness and to give the workers a choice for better life with union representation.
 The NLRB has scheduled a secret ballot representation election for June 3.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Denier of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, 202-466-1591/


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