Rep. Ellison Calls for an End to Crystal Sugar Lockout
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) called for an end to the Crystal Sugar Lockout by telling the U.S. House: “It’s time for the company to negotiate. Rep. Ellison’s remarks were made Wednesday, the six-month anniversary of American Crystal Sugar Co.’s lockout of 1,300 workers.
In his speech on the floor, he said the workers, members of Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 167G at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been denied basic and fundamental rights to work and support their families.
They’ve gotten locked out. They are not on strike. They are locked out because they refuse to accept an unfair take it or leave contract. They have been locked even though they have agreed to a no-strike guarantee. It’s wrong, these 1,300 folks deserve better from this company.