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TEAMSTERS: LANTOS TO GRILL TOP DIAMOND WALNUT EXECUTIVES OVER TREATMENT OF 600 WORKERS REPLACED DURING STRIKE; COMPANY CEO TO TESTIFY

TEAMSTERS: LANTOS TO GRILL TOP DIAMOND WALNUT EXECUTIVES OVER TREATMENT
 OF 600 WORKERS REPLACED DURING STRIKE; COMPANY CEO TO TESTIFY
 The following advisory was released today by the Teamsters Local 601:
 U.S. Representative Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, has scheduled a meeting of his House Subcommittee on Employment and Housing for Saturday to examine a strike involving 600 workers from Diamond Walnut Growers Inc. in Stockton who were permanently replaced after going on strike a year ago.
 The meeting will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Board Chambers of San Francisco City Hall, 400 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.
 This will be the congressman's third local hearing this year examining labor disputes to determine the effectiveness of federal labor laws. The earlier sessions saw Peter Magowan, Safeway chief executive officer, and Ken Jones, head of Summit Medical Center in Oakland, grilled over their treatment of workers. Diamond Walnut CEO William Cuff has indicated he will attend this Saturday's session.
 The approximately 600 workers struck Diamond Walnut on Sept. 4, 1991, after the company offered a series of sub-standard contract offers that would have provided a raise of only 10 cents to workers who took significant pay cuts several years earlier to help the company survive rocky economic times. The offer also included rollbacks in health and welfare benefits.
 The workers have since been informed that they have been permanently replaced. They are members of Teamsters Local 601 in Stockton, which represents more than 10,000 workers employed in the cannery and food processing industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Diamond Walnut, a cooperative of approximately 2,400 walnut growers, is the world's largest walnut processor. It controls 60 percent of the domestic walnut market and also has a large market for its products overseas.
 Strikers have mounted a major economic boycott of Diamond Walnut targeting both domestic and overseas customers. Union leaders and strikers recently toured Europe seeking support for the boycott. A number of billboards carrying the same message have been situated throughout Europe.
 CONTACT: Tony Gamino or Barbara George of Teamsters Local 601, 209- 948-2800; or Alex Ybarrolaza or Barbara Christie of the Diamond Walnut Boycott Office, 209-546-7475.
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CO: Teamsters Local 601, Diamond Walnut Growers Inc. ST: California IN: SU:

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