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June 1, 2000
Meatpackers at the Dakota Premium Foods plant in St. Paul, Minnesota carried out a successful seven-hour sit-down strike to protest a speedup on the production line that was causing increased injuries on the job. The workers went on to join the UFCW Local 789.
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