The AFL-CIO will kick off a nationwide boycott of American Crystal Sugar on Monday in labor's latest effort to get 1,300 union workers back on the job at five sugar beet processing plants, MPR reports.
The sugar company lockout has dragged on more than a year. In one of the most recent developments, workers have called on their children to help try to break the stalemate, WDAY recently reported. In an AFL-CIO video (below), the children talk about what the strike has meant to their families.
Just what is a lockout? It's become a more and more familiar word in business headlines (think NFL, NHL, NBA, and even the Minnesota Orchestra.) The Star Tribune this week examined lockouts, which the newspaper says have become more common.