Thursday, September 18, 2003

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From staff reports

Group says unions pressure workers

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is offering free legal aid to Cintas Corp. employees who think that their rights have been violated by organizers from UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.

UNITE and the Teamsters have joined forces to organize 17,000 laundry workers and route drivers for Mason-based Cintas.

The unions have launched a campaign to force the company to recognize them as bargaining agent for the workers. But some Cintas employees have complained about union harassment and have petitioned the unions to stop. For information on the foundation: 1 (800) 336-3600 or go to

Baby pacifier sold here recalled

A Minnesota company is recalling 154,000 pacifiers sold at Kroger stores because the product might fall apart and pose a choking hazard.

No incidents have been reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Silicone and latex pacifiers from Apothecary Products of Burnsville, Minn., were sold nationwide at Kroger stores from August 2002 to August 2003 for about $3.50 to $5.

The recalled pacifiers have model numbers 35826, 35827, 35828 and 35829.

Information: Apothecary Products at (866) 274-7956, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Kroger Co. at (800) 632-6900, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TV cook Emeril P&G pitchman

Now Crest will give you white teeth and ... BAM!

The Procter & Gamble toothpaste has signed Emeril Lagasse, the TV chef and restaurateur, as its spokesman for its first-ever line of flavored toothpastes.

Crest Whitening Expressions, which P&G unveiled earlier this month, will come in three flavors - Fresh Citrus Breeze, Extreme Herbal Mint and Cinnamon Rush.

P&G hopes to kick up Crest sales another notch by hiring Lagasse, who has two shows on E.W. Scripps' Food Network.

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