The Nation

A union local on strike for seven months against the Geo. A. Hormel & Co. meatpacking plant in Austin, Minn., has voted to file suit against its parent union, which has withdrawn its sanction of the walkout and cut off strike benefits, a local official said. "We're planning a suit based on the irreparable harm the international has done to the union," said Pete Winkels, business agent for Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. The plan to file suit was developed in weekend meetings of P-9's executive board and endorsed by voice vote during a meeting of about 800 rank-and-file members, Winkels said.

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