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U.S. SUGAR'S LABOR PEACE TO BE FEATURED AT NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS CONFERENCE

 CLEWISTON, Fla., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sugar Corporation Counsel Steven D. Lear has been chosen to participate in a national farm labor conference with top executives of the U.S. Department of Labor and farmworker advocates. He will make a presentation about U.S. Sugar's Labor Peace Agreement.
 The 1993 National Joint Conference on Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Denver, this week, will include an update on the history of the Immigration Control and Reform Act, which brings H-2 foreign workers to the United States. Lear's workshop, according to the Labor Department announcement, will review "the unprecedented settlement of a long-standing dispute between farmworker advocates and the U.S. Sugar Corporation, one of the largest users of H-2A workers in the country."
 "We're proud to have Steven attending this conference, not only because it is an honor for him, but because it underscores the commitment of U.S. Sugar to labor relations," said J. Nelson Fairbanks, president of U.S. Sugar Corp.
 In September 1992, U.S. Sugar and farmworker advocacy groups reached a "Labor Peace" agreement, resolving all disputes between the Company and farmworker advocates. Elements of the labor accord include: A change in the method of paying sugarcane cutters; U.S. Sugar's "Open Harvest," providing farmworker advocacy groups and the media complete access to workers' living and working conditions during harvest season; Company negotiations with Caribbean governments to improve administration of workers' health care and savings programs; and the appointment of a former U.S. Secretary of Labor to mediate any future disputes. The Labor Peace was recently declared an unqualified success by farmworker advocates following the completion of the first harvest season under the agreements.
 Lear's panel features Bill Gross, Assistant Acting Administrator of Wage and Hour, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Robert S. Williams, attorney, Florida Rural Legal Services; Alfred H. Perry, Acting Regional Administrator for Atlanta Wage and Hour; and John Hancock, Chief, Agricultural Certification Unit, U.S. Dept. of Labor/Employment Training Administration/Division of Foreign Labor Certification.
 "Attending this national conference is an ideal way to explain U.S. Sugar's Labor Peace, and inform the organizations that serve migrant farmworkers about the steps the Company has taken to ensure their welfare. It should be a learning experience for everyone involved," said Lear.
 The conference, which is sponsored by the organizations and federal agencies that provide services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers, provides a forum for discussion of education, training, health, housing and other issues important to the farmworkers.
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 /CONTACT: Sylvia Walters of U.S. Sugar Corporation, 813-983-8121/


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