Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

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Meeting Set to Discuss Fleming Impasse Associated Press

Management and union leadership of Fleming Companies Inc. say they have agreed to meet Monday to discuss an apparent impasse.

About 200 union truck drivers and warehouse workers in Oklahoma City rejected Fleming's final contract offer in voting Saturday. Judy Stranczek, human resources manager for Fleming's Oklahoma City division, said the company received more than 600 applications Friday and Monday for temporary help should the union strike.

Leo Snow, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters union Local 886 in Oklahoma City, said the union does not now plan to strike the company.

The employees have been working under a three-year contrct that expired at the end of July, Stranczek said. She said the company's final offer seeks more flexibility in work rules but would lower base hourly pay, which is $13.10.

Snow said management's proposal would lower starting hourly pay to $9.17 from $10.10. He also said the wage rate would not rise to $13.10 for four years; it reaches that level after one year in the contract that expired in July.

Snow said the deal would have adverse economic consequences for workers now earning $13.10 per hour. For them, he said, it would impose less favorable overtime pay rules, reduce vacation pay benefits by 30 cents per hour and, enable Fleming to use casual employees for work now done by regular drivers and dock workers.

Meat Packer Named in federal Complaint WASHINGTON (AP) - A Kansas meat packer and its principal owner have been charged in a federal complaint with fraudulently misrepresenting meat sold to retail and wholesale customers throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.

A Department of Agriculture official said Winchester Foods Inc. of Hutchinson, Kan., and Lee R. Cox, who owns 95 percent of the company's stock, were named in the federal complaint. Cox is secretary and treasurer of the business, which closed earlier this year.

Bill Jones, head of USDA's Packers and Stockyards Administration, said that between November 1984 and March 1985 Cox allegedly sold what he represented as boneless bull meat, but instead delivered a combination of boneless bull and cow meat. …

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