Since Aug. 1, 2011, 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have been locked out of their jobs in five sugar beet processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. The locked-out workers are members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM). More than 20 children and grandchildren of the locked-out workers gathered in East Grand Forks, Minn., to write letters to American Crystal Sugar CEO Dave Berg and the board about how the lockout is affecting them, their families and community.
Watch the YouTube video in the post: "AFL-CIO: Children Speak Out Against the American Crystal Sugar Company Lockout (BCTGM)."
The AFL-CIO has announced a boycott of American Crystal Sugar products if the company does not end the lockout by Oct. 15.
Sign the petition to end the lockout: aflcio.org/endthelockout.
Please watch and share the video in the blog post. We're sharing the video with elected officials, agriculture industry leaders and others to urge American Crystal Sugar Co. to end the lockout.
You also can make a donation through the Minnesota AFL-CIO. A $100 donation could help buy school clothes and supplies for the children, groceries for the families, gas cards and other desperately needed items.
Please make checks payable to the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Please write “Lockout Fund” in the memo line on your check and send to:
Minnesota AFL-CIO, 175 Aurora Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103
If you need more information, please call the Midwest AFL-CIO Regional Office at 651-665-9196.