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National Tea Company Strike (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-05-14

Duration: 00:08:04

Subjects: Employment | Labor | Strikes | Unions


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Miller, Lu Interviewee
  • Ruth, Harry Interviewee
  • Dickey, Aurbin Interviewee
  • McNeil, Sharon Interviewee
  • Carson, Marcus Interviewee
  • Sprull, Andrew Interviewee
  • Davis, Stafford Interviewee
  • Comeaux, Tony Interviewee


This segment from the May 14, 1993, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on a strike by workers of the National Tea Company, the parent company of several grocery stores in Louisiana, including the Real Superstore. Chapa reports that the new employment contract allows the National Tea Company to replace older workers with new part-time employees and shifts the cost of health insurance entirely to the employees. She interviews: Lu Miller, cashier; Harry Ruth, produce clerk; Aurbin Dickey, president of the UFCW union; Sharon McNeil, cashier; Marcus Carson, Louisiana Health Care Campaign; Andrew Sprull, stock clerk; Stafford Davis, meat cutter; and Tony Comeaux, meat cutter. Host: Robert Collins