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JUNE 29, 1999  10:10 AM
United Food and Commercial Workers
Jill Cashen, 202-728-4797 or 501-521-8866 (today, June 29) or by e-mail at
Student Activists Target Tyson Foods
WASHINGTON - June 29 - News Advisory:

Tyson's pay practices are making the nation's largest poultry processor the target of a new student cause. A team of student activists, led by Arkansas students, will travel by caravan this summer across the Southeast to mobilize Tyson workers for a lawsuit that could cost the poultry giant a half billion dollars in back wages and fines to workers.

The suit is the first action of its kind to force poultry companies to obey the nation's basic wage and hour laws, charges Tyson with working it's 50,000 hourly plant workers "off the clock" and not paying them for their time.

Student activists, participating in the AFL-CIO's Union Summer program, and the UFCW Poultry Justice Organizing Campaign will kick off the poultry caravan on Wednesday, June 30, at 10 a.m. A press conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville, Ark.

Who: Student activists from Arkansas and across the country and Rev. Steven Copley, chair of the Religion-Labor Committee of Arkansas Jobs with Justice

What: Student Activists Target Tyson in UFCW's Poultry Justice Organizing Campaign

When: Wednesday, June 30, 10 a.m.

Where: Hilton Hotel, 70 N. East Ave., Fayetteville, Ark.


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