In the time of this remuneration downfall and unemployment, Hormel employees experienced drastic pay cuts. The reactions of Hormel employees were just a slight bit unfair and unjust to the employees, the company and consumers. However, some would think different. Such as William H. Wynn, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, he felt the actions taking by the Hormel employees were way to drastic and attacked the employees for its ""suicidal strategy," and issued a seven-page statement smearing the strike to the AFL-CIO Executive Board meeting in Bal Harbour, Florida, on February 17, 1986." Hormel's disappointed employees formed the union organization, Local P-9, in dispute of the pay cuts. Local P-9 intentions were to increase the newly pay-cuts and for better medical benefits. No one can argue their reasons for wanting to do so; however, members of Local P-9 actions were a little far fetched. So far fetched that about 420 jobs at Hormel were lost because "In October 1984, the company had unilaterally reduced wages from $10.69 an hour to $8.25" this isn't all that bad considering the living wage in 1984 was five dollars. In addition to the wage decrease the price for losing $2.44 an hour is not as bad as losing
your job for good. In some cases, the job Hormel was the only job they've ever have had.