GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaflets supporting locked-out American Crystal Sugar union workers are showing up between bags of the company’s sugar on supermarket shelves in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

The leaflets are drawing complaints from some customers. Hugo’s operations director Doug Driscoll tells the Grand Forks Herald ( ) the leaflets are being placed by union workers and not store employees, and that employees are discarding them when they’re found.

About 1,300 Crystal factory workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract. The company is processing sugar beets at plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa with replacement workers.

The leaflets urge people to support union workers and tell them how to get more information using a smart phone or a computer.

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Comments (14)
  1. RaeRae says:

    How can I get information on how to support the company? Obviously, these particular union workers were replaceable and learned it the hard way when they tried to demand to much. Why should they get more and more? Because they “deserve” it? I don’t. Just another example of entitlement meeting the real world. Sorry you lost your job, but the good news is, someone willing to work hard is now employed!

  2. Jay says:

    I will show my support for the company by buying their brand. Most products we purchase are made by union members, thus raising the cost of those products. Wonder if there were no unions IF the prices would come down? IId like to know just how much of the cost is attributed to an employees wage.As RaeRae said there are people who are working now that otherwise might not be, and appreciiate having a good job, or even a job.

  3. Sam I am says:

    Agree with previous commenters. I will support the company. Union workers have this misconception that they are “entitled” to more and more money. Wrong you are and you found out the hard way.

  4. Like It Is says:

    Yep, expecting a decent wage and benefits sure is a thing of the past. Too bad too many commentators on here think that’s exactly the way it should be. Of course, the same doesn’t apply to company executives and their ever increasing stock options. Somehow, they all seem to deserve that, whereas those who actually do the work of making the product or making the company money don’t.

    1. Matt says:

      It is simple free market economics. The company can pay less for similar employees to complete the neccesary work. Would you pay $5 for a pound of sugar if you only had to pay $3? I don’t think so

    2. Likeitisnt says:

      There isn’t a law preventing you or anyone from being an executive. If those are the rewards you desire, take some risk and work on getting in a top MBA program. Then take some risk and try to complete the degree with top grades. Then take some more risk and start your climb. So tired of whiners like you who think life is an entitlement and scream when you don’t get something.

      1. Like It Is says:

        So tired of those of you who think “everybody” should be an executive or start businesses, and if they don’t then they are lazy and shouldn’t expect good pay. Well, there are only a few of those jobs available; by definition, most can’t get them no matter how hard they try. So…where does that leave them? Oh yeah, that’s right, they “deserve” to be stuck with declining wages, cause they’re just lazy losers. Same as for everyone owning business. Well, if everyone did, where would the workers come from? Sorry, but those are just lame arguments. Is it not an entitlement to expect good wages and benefits when working for someone else, it’s just plain fair. Unless of course, it’s also an entitlement for the few in the top ranks to be getting what they are getting. Come on, show me where someone making four hundred times a regular wage earner is actually working that much harder. Now THAT’S an entitlement.

        If we want this country to stop sliding toward third world status, the middle class must be maintained if not grown. Demand is what creates jobs. And the middle class is what creates most of the demand for goods and services. And the middle class must be paid middle-class wages. It’s pretty simple.

        1. Lonny says:

          the union has you so mixed up I acually feel sorry for you. No one owes you anything. They offer a job at a price, you want it you take it. If you don’t want it, don’t take it.

          1. Like It Is says:

            No need to feel sorry for me, and I’m hardly mixed up (and I don’t belong to any union either). As for that price they offer, too bad it keeps going down over time when inflation is factored in…something a fair number reading this I’m sure have been experiencing the last several years.

        2. Mommie says:

          Less is more honey. You still refuse to take risk personally or professionally. It’s about that. You’re on the entitlement wave and need to come down now.

    3. sid says:

      Wow, are you drinkiing the class warfare bs. You expect a decent wage? Where did that come from, a broken nose union boss. The unions have feed you this fantasy wage, benefit, lifetime security blanket with absolutely no hope of keeping the promise. The only way a free enterprise system can work is to pay you what your worth, not what your union boss says your worth. The more valuable you are to a company, the more they pay. Thats the way it works.

      1. Like It Is says:

        You sure seem to be sure that I’m getting fed info from unions, aren’t you? Too bad for you you’re wrong. I’ve been able to figure out what’s going on all by myself. And sorry, but the class warfare was started a long time ago by those who have the most. Tell me this: why does the free market not seem to apply to executives? Even when they fail, they’re rewarded with large payouts. Yet if the average worker makes a mistake, they’re fired. Or…are you going to call that information something that came from “a broken nose union boss?” Sorry, but that’s a fact, one that’s been played out over and over. So it seems the “free enterprise system” only works for some, and not others.

        As a civilization, we can decide to allow the “free market” to operation without any restrictions, or we can set rules, boundaries and restrictions. If you advocate the former, then I really feel sorry for you. Unions are one way of maintaining the balance of power between companies and workers. Very few people can achieve that balance on their own. And for the majority that can’t, what are they supposed to do? Just continually accept declining wages and benefits? Changing careers isn’t always a realistic option.

        1. Mother says:

          Sounds like you want the companies and other individuals to take all of the risk while you sit back and control everything. You keep saying, “I’ve heard that before, etc.” Louder and louder when someone gets too close. Maybe you should have listened honey…

      2. Whatever says:

        “Broken nose union boss”. Wow, stereotype much?

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