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LABOR SNAPS A WET TOWEL AT FIELDCREST
Norma Rae would be proud. Siding with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), two National Labor Relations Board judges ordered Fieldcrest Cannon to pay back wages of about $3.5 million--plus interest--and rehire 14 fired workers following a long-running labor dispute. The union had accused the nation's largest towel manufacturer of some 183 labor law infractions during a 1991 organization drive, including threatening to deport or imprison Spanish-speaking workers who voted in favor of the union. ACTWU officials call the Mar. 1 ruling vindication for their loss in the campaign. Fieldcrest says it will appeal.EDITED BY KEITH H. HAMMONDS