October 19, 2012
Lockouts ain’t sweet
Sugar shouldn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth. That’s why we are calling on American Crystal Sugar to end the 14-month lockout of its workers, members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, and Grain Millers union (BCTGM). Until Crystal Sugar agrees to end the lockout, the AFL-CIO will call for a boycott of the company’s products.
“Making record profits while giving working families and communities the shaft is just plain wrong,” says AFL-CIO president, Rich Trumka. “Workers want to rejoin the ACS family, but shouldn’t be expected to give up their voice on the job.”
AFL-CIO Now reports that Crystal Sugar’s hard line on lockouts is hypocritical:
“Despite record profits for ACS last year—including giving $2.4 million in compensation to CEO David Berg—the company’s board demanded cuts to workers’ health care coverage and elimination of seniority rights.”
After you sign the pledge, take your action to the next level. American Rights at Work is calling for calls directly to Crystal Sugar.
“CALL 1-218-236-4400 and tell American Crystal Sugar’s CEO Dave Berg that you’re not buying American Crystal Sugar products until he ends the lockout and bargains a fair contract with workers.”
VIDEO: Children speak out against American Crystal Sugar lockout
Children and grandchildren of locked out workers have written letters to CEO Dave Berg and board members about how the lockout is affecting their families and communities.