IN A BATTLE AS BITTER AS any in the textile industry's long, troubled labor history, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees has won a big round. The National Labor Relations Board ruled over the Labor Day weekend that Fieldcrest Cannon must allow employees to hold new union elections, reinstate 14 union supporters fired during a 1991 union election, and repay $2 million in back wages. The real capper: A Fieldcrest Cannon vice-president must stand by while an NLRB cease-and-desist order is read aloud at Fieldcrest plants in four states. Fieldcrest Cannon plans to appeal.
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