AUSTIN, Minn. — A union official and 13 other people were arrested Wednesday when about 125 striking meatpackers and their supporters demonstrated outside the Geo. A. Hormel & Co.'s flagship plant.
The protesters tried to block the main gate and were arrested when they ignored an order to move, police Chief Donald Hoffman said.
The plant's main gates were shut briefly, but were reopened by the start of the main shift at 7 a.m., police Capt. Gordon Bjorgo said.
Among those arrested was Lynn Huston, vice president of Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
In another development in the 7 1/2-month-old strike against Hormel, a hearing to determine whether the parent union should place Local P-9 in trusteeship and remove its officers was delayed a week, union spokesman Al Zack said.