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RESPONSE TO UFCW FILING AN ADDITIONAL 55 WAGE/HOUR CLAIMS

 RESPONSE TO UFCW FILING AN ADDITIONAL 55 WAGE/HOUR CLAIMS
 SALISBURY, N.C., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ --The following statement was released today by Food Lion:
 In March, 1990, the UFCW began an intensive media campaign urging current and former Food Lion (NASDAQ-NMS: FDLN) employees to contact UFCW representatives through an 800 telephone number with complaints. Since then, the UFCW has sent numerous top union organizers throughout Food Lion's operating territory trying to stir up employment claims and lawsuits against Food Lion. After two years of aggressive solicitation, the UFCW has only generated 205 wage/hour claimants. This is out of more than 150,000 current and former food Lion employees working at over 890 stores in 12 states.
 As before, the UFCW union is simply exploiting administrative charges and other litigation as part of its effort to unionize Food Lion. The fact is, Food Lion strictly forbids working off-the-clock or other wage/hour law violations. UFCW sponsored claims of extensive wage/hour violations are simply untrue. Food Lion management diligently works to prevent even isolated occurrences. When management discovers them, those responsible receive appropriate discipline, and the misconduct is stopped.
 Food Lion denies this and other UFCW sponsored allegations of mistreatment of employees, but the public doesn't have to accept the word of either one. Let the free market place decide. The fact that millions of customers everyday decide to shop at Food Lion and that Food Lion grows by 5,000-8,000 new jobs each year, consistently has the lowest employee turnover among its competitors, and receives three or more job applicants for every job opening, should tell public more about the truth of the union's claims than anything Food Lion says.
 The UFCW, not Food Lion, is guilty of abuse. The UFCW is abusing this country's employment laws in an effort to smear Food Lion's reputation, tie up management time and financial resources in litigation, and force Food Lion management to recognize the union without regard to its employees' desires - all of this because Food Lion employees do not want UFCW representation.
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 /CONTACT: Brad Cartner, 704-633-8250, ext. 2820, or Mike Mozingo, 704-633-8250, ext. 2575, both of Food Lion, Inc./
 (FDLN) CO: Food Lion, Inc. ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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