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UFCW'S WORKER ADVOCACY PROJECT CONTINUES SUPPORT OF FOOD LION WORKERS THROUGH NEWSPAPER ADS AND HANDBILLS

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) announced the continuation of its Worker Advocacy Project (WAP) in support of Food Lion workers in newspaper ads on Sunday, Aug. 22.
 The ads described the record setting $16.2 million in back pay and fines imposed on Food Lion by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and announced the continuation of WAP's assistance to workers who are abused by Food Lion's "Effective Scheduling" system.
 The ads appeared in 15 newspapers in areas where Food Lion operates and ran in conjunction with a hand billing campaign aimed at Food Lion workers. One newspaper, The State (Columbia, S.C.), declined to run the ad.
 The text of the ad follows:
 ATTENTION Past & Current Food Lion Workers
 FOOD LION TO PAY $13.2 MILLION IN BACK WAGES
 If you worked for Food Lion between Dec. 7, 1989, and Aug. 3, 1993, in certain job categories, you may be entitled to share the largest settlement for wage and hour violations in U.S. Labor Department history.
 The United Food & Commercial Workers Union is proud of its assistance to Food Lion employees in filing the complaint that sparked the Labor Department's historic investigation, which found that Food Lion "repeatedly and willfully violated" the law. As a result, Food Lion agreed to pay a record $13.3 million in back wages to 30,000 to 40,000 employees and $3 million in fines for violating wage-and-hour and child labor laws.
 Job classifications eligible to share in the award include:
 -- Market Manager
 -- Grocery Manager
 -- Produce Manager
 -- Customer Service Manager
 -- Meat Wrapper
 -- Meat Cutter
 -- Stocker
 -- Produce Clerk
 Like you, however, the UFCW has many misgivings about the settlement and especially Food Lion's plans for future compliance:
 -- Many workers entitled to compensation will be denied payment, because the government failed to file suit earlier;
 -- Employees in several job classifications traditionally expected to work off the clock at Food Lion were ignored in the settlement;
 -- The average settlement will not come close to compensating employees at their overtime rate for all hours worked; and
 -- Food Lion's abusive "Effective Scheduling" system remains virtually intact, along with its policy of disciplining employees "caught" working off the clock in order to keep their jobs.
 The UFCW will continue to provide confidential, no-obligation assistance to Food Lion workers. Our representatives are only a phone call away -- 1-800-UFCW-345 (1-800-832-9345).
 Despite what Food Lion says, you are not limited to reporting future off-the-clock work to their "ombudsman," who reports directly to Human Resources.
 You retain the legal right:
 -- To sue in federal District Court seeking back pay at the overtime rate and double damages. The UFCW can assist you in locating attorneys who will take your case on a contingency basis; or
 -- To file complaints directly with the Department of Labor, which can enforce the settlement agreement through contempt proceedings in court.
 The UFCW's Worker Advocacy Project has already assisted thousands of Food Lion workers and is available to help you with employment-related problems such as:
 -- Discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin or disability;
 -- Sexual harassment;
 -- Workers' compensation;
 -- Harassment by Loss Prevention agents;
 -- Off-the-clock work.
 For confidential assistance and referrals on work-related problems at Food Lion, call: UFCW WORKER ADVOCACY PROJECT, 1-800-UFCW-345. Or write: Worker Advocacy Project, c/o UFCW, 1775 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006
 -0- 8/24/93
 /CONTACT: Phil Smith or Jeff Zack for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, 202-331-3700/
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