Union officials for 1,300 locked-out Crystal Sugar workers in Minnesota and neighboring states have mailed letters to individual farmers that own the company. Spokesman Mark Froemke tells the Grand Forks Herald that it's time to "get back to work" as the harvest begins. Crystal Sugar officials say they don't like the move, equating it to the company negotiating directly with workers -- instead of union bosses.
Crystal Sugar workers kick off national boycott
American Crystal Sugar Co.’s locked-out workers will hold rallies in front of grocery stores in Fargo and in Grand Forks on Monday as they launch a national consumer boycott of the company’s products, the Fargo Forum reports. It's the latest development in the long-running labor dispute that dates to August 2011, when about 1,300 union workers at the company’s plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa were locked out by management.