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Diamond Workers Back to Work

Workers at the world´s largest walnut processing plant have voted to end a strike that has dragged on for more than 13 years.

Members of the Teamsters Local 601 ratified a new contract last night that clears the way for the workers at Diamond of California to go back to work Monday.

A union official says that most of the strikers that walked off the job back in September of 1991 have since found jobs elsewhere and aren´t expected to return. Workers at the plant took a 30 percent pay cut in 1985 during tough times. At the time, they said they expected to be repaid as the cooperative´s finances improved.

The union´s leadership ordered the walkout when Diamond offered a dime-an-hour raise and a bonus package in 1991.