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UNION 'MISREPRESENTATIONS' NOTED IN FOOD LION LETTER TO CONGRESS

UNION 'MISREPRESENTATIONS' NOTED IN FOOD LION LETTER TO CONGRESS
 SALISBURY, N.C., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Lion, Inc., issued the following:
 In a response to the latest union-inspired maneuver to be employed against it, Food Lion, Inc., has sent a letter to members of Congress alerting them to false information which is being given to their constituents who are employees of Food Lion, Inc., by the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) and their surrogate pressure group, C.U.E., which stands for "Consumers United With Employees."
 In a letter signed by Food Lion Vice President and spokesperson Vince Watkins, members of Congress were informed of false information being disseminated by C.U.E. C.U.E. is a UFCW-created and funded political pressure group which has funneled large sums of union money into the UFCW's eight-year battle to unionize Food Lion.
 The latest UFCW/C.U.E. effort is contained in a C.U.E. newsletter article and in draft letters from Food Lion employees to Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin and members of Congress. The newsletter and draft letters contain flatly false statements about workers' rights under federal labor law as an attempt to scare Food Lion employees into believing that Food Lion and the Department of Labor (DOL) are compromising their legal ability to recover for alleged wage and hour violations by Food Lion.
 The UFCW has refused to accept the overwhelming rejection of the union's organizing efforts by Food Lion employees. Subsequent to this defeat, the UFCW has attempted to achieve Food Lion's unionization by resorting to a "corporate campaign," the notorious tactic in which unions attempt to force employers into accepting unionization through the use of various types of intimidation.
 In his letter, Watkins stated, "After realizing that Food Lion's employees had no interest in joining the union, the UFCW's C.U.E. has adopted a strategy of trying to intimidate Food Lion management and employees alike." Watkins continued: "Food Lion's management has proven resistant to such coercion, so now the UFCW/C.U.E. has shifted its focus to supplying your constituents with intentionally wrong information about their protected labor rights under federal labor law."
 The UFCW and C.U.E. have charged Food Lion with widespread "off- the-clock" violations, but only a tiny number, less than one-third of 1 percent, of such violations have been alleged by Food Lion employees, with even a smaller number being proven. For example, out of a pool of approximately 170,000 current and former Food Lion employees, a maximum of 500 complaints are currently under investigation by DOL. Typically, the number of claims verified by DOL and subject to further action drops after the DOL investigation is completed.
 Even if all the 500 claims against Food Lion were substantiated for further action, this would represent less than one-third of 1 percent of the total. Industry, as well as congressional and media sources familiar with these numbers have pointed out that such totals hardly amount to the wholesale problems alleged by the UFCW and its sympathizers and are far more consistent with the smear tactics associated with union corporate campaigns. This is also consistent with the continuing loyalty of Food Lion employees to their employer, as well as with the long-standing popularity of Food Lion jobs among job-seekers.
 Food Lion has consistently restated its corporate policy against such practices in congressional testimony, corporate policy manuals, and employee handouts; and has backed-up this policy by firing store managers who have failed to take vigorous action against violations brought to their attention.
 The corporate campaign of UFCW/C.U.E. has previously used media pressure, inflammatory advertising, pressure from a sympathetic congressional subcommittee, and a multi-million dollar warchest, funded by the dues of the UFCW's hourly-paid members, to fund the organizing efforts and in an attempt to override the resistance of Food Lion's employees.
 Food Lion remains the fastest growing supermarket chain in the nation, with over 940 stores in 14 states, employing over 60,000 employees.
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 /CONTACT: Pamela Kostmayer-Jones or Jackie Clark for Food Lion, 703-519-0800/ CO: Food Lion; United Food and Commericial Workers ST: North Carolina IN: RET SU:


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