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The Nation

The international meatpackers’ union took control of Local P-9 in Austin, Minn., and reopened contract negotiations with Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in an effort to end the 9 1/2-month strike at the company’s flagship plant. The parent United Food and Commercial Workers Union acted one day after a federal judge ruled that it had authority to take over P-9 for refusing to obey its order to end the strike. The main dispute in the strike has been over wages and working conditions.


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