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Kentucky Cons Used as Scabs

Prisoners from a privately-run jail in Louisville, Kentucky have been used as scabs in the three-month-old strike by UFCW Local 227 against Fischer Packing Company. The prisoners were brought into the plant after the strikers rejected the company's "best and final offer" by a margin of 402 to 2. Fischer is demanding large concessions.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, "a private jailhas been supplying county work-release inmates to a temporary employment agency that has used them as strikebreakers at Fischer Packing." The union has objected to the county government, but so far the inmates are still working in the plant.

Local 227 has called for a boycott of Fischer products. The union asks that Kentucky-area supporters buy Ocar Mayer or Wilson products instead. The local has set up a community support coalition of churches, unions, and other organizations to solicit boycott pledge cards from consumers. In addition, unions in the area have `adopted' supermarkets, taking responsibility for leafletting the different stores about the boycott.

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