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Walnut : Union Held for Damages

March 12, 1987

A Walnut man and his partner have been awarded more than $5.8 million in damages for the illegal union interference that led to the closing of their Chino grocery store.

Peter Vargas of Walnut and Kenneth Henderson of Chino, former owners of Chino Farms Market, were driven out of business as a result of a 1975-76 strike by the Retail Clerk's Union Local 1428, a Pomona Superior Court jury found.

The jury handed down the verdict, which included a $10,000 penalty against strike captain Jesse Gonzales, after concluding that the Pomona-based union had illegally threatened and intimidated the market's customers during the one-year strike.

Alan H. Lazar, attorney for the union, called the verdict "completely contrary to the evidence" and said he would file an appeal.

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