Locked Out Sugar Workers Take To Football Stadiums

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar say they’ll distribute leaflets outside weekend football games to get out the union’s message.

Union President Mark Froemke tells KFGO radio that members will be outside the Minnesota Gophers game on Saturday and the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday. The leaflets tell people how to get more information using a smart phone or computer.

About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract. The company has begun cutting beets at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa with replacement workers.

American Crystal Sugar had offered a 17 percent pay increase over five years during negotiations, but workers were upset about provisions covering job security and health care costs.

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  • Bob Mosy


  • Jay

    Do they REALLY believe there will be many sympathizers other than other union members? They turned down a good deal, had decent jobs and an income that many unemployed would jump at. GREED!! If not for unions MANY products would be reasonably priced, instead of going to high wages,benefits,and their union supporters. I DONT feel one bit sorry for one of them!!!

  • Brian in MPLS

    These union workers are absolutely crazy if they think they’re going to get a warm reception from hard-working people who have seen NO WAGE INCREASES in 5 years and have seen HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS DOUBLE or TRIPLE in that same time. Many people would KILL for a guaranteed 17% wage increase!

    Take the deal before American Crystal Sugar takes it off the table and then see who will pay you $50k a year to put sugar in a frickin’ bag.

  • Unions are the Problem

    Hope your locked out and never get hired back. The unions are the problem not part of the solution.

  • bunchofdummies

    According to a national Gallop poll taken in July, 23% of this years season ticket holders are unemployed. Another dumb idea union guys. Should have gone to school when mom told you to. I think the car wash at Park and Lake is hiring if you qualify.

  • Doreen

    This type of attitude is was is killing the American worker. I do not have all the details, but people commenting here assume it is the union’s fault. When companies start outsourcing jobs, it doesn’t matter what type of guarantee they are giving the employees. My guess is the employees wanted some sort of job language against outsourcing. What good is a guarantee of pay if your job gets cut / given to outsourcing. Believe it or not, this story sounds very similar to what happened at NWA with the AMFA union back in 2005. The company was outsourcing left and right; throwing away jobs where people had spent their whole career!

    Yes, I am currently unemployed. My husband worked for NWA for 20 years. After the striked, we moved. He has a great job. Yes, I miss MN, but I don’t miss how people are quick to judge and don’t understand the big picture.

    • Jack

      What on earth makes you believe the company owes you a job. If they want to get rid of you its for a reason. Thats how the system works.

  • Sue J

    I hope they bring extra people to pick up the leaflets that will be thrown on the ground.

  • Great idea

    Do they really think anyone is going to get behind them and support their cause? You can make more money processing sugar being non union. Just saying.
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    F ire them
    F ire all of them

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