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Violence Erupts in Hormel Strike

January 20, 1986|United Press International

AUSTIN, Minn. — Striking meatpackers encircled the Geo. Hormel & Co. plant today, slashed tires and broke a car window to protest the hiring of replacement workers. One returning employee was slightly injured.

About 150 Hormel strikers in the 5-month-old walkout gathered at each of two gates, shouting and throwing snowballs. The strikers also encircled the plant with a motorcade of about 100 cars and stopped the vehicles. The violence erupted as Hormel officials began hiring replacements for strikers of Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

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