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Plant guards accuse picketers of firing BB guns

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MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Muscatine police have agreed to increase patrols outside Grain Processing Corp. after security guards complained of picketers shooting at them with BB guns.

A member of the plant's security staff reported the incident Monday.

About 300 workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union have been locked out of the plant since Aug. 22. That's a week after union members did not ratify a contract offered by the company.

One union official, Tony Newton, called reports about the shooting "propaganda the company is having its guards do to get something started."

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