American Crystal Sugar Locked Out workers
October 18, 2012
By Hilary Woodward American Rights at Work
It’s been more than 14 months since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 workers out in the cold – that’s 14 months without a paycheck or healthcare coverage.
Today, working families throughout the country are launching a boycott of American Crystal Sugar products until the company ends the lockout and negotiates a fair contract.
American Crystal Sugar, the nation’s largest sugar beet processor, earned record profits in 2011. The CEO netted a sweet $2.4 million in compensation, yet the company demanded outrageous cuts from its workers. When American Crystal Sugar’s employees in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota balked at the demands, they were locked out.
Executives at American Crystal Sugar are sitting on millions in profits, while brave employees have been sacrificing their livelihoods. And they’re counting on us to mobilize everyone we know to back them up in their struggle against corporate greed.
The company has taken extreme measures to maximize profits – no matter the cost to their workers – and we’ve had enough. No more sweetening profits for the top, while sacrificing good American jobs.
American Crystal Sugar will continue to get away with the lockout if there’s no public outcry. We’ve got to show them that consumers are outraged.