EAST GRAND FORKS - After voting overwhelmingly to reject the final offer from American Crystal Sugar, some1,300 workers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been locked out. This morning, BCTGM Local 167G President John Riskey read a statement at all affected facilities. "Today, American Crystal Sugar workers...showed up to work only to find their company has locked them out."
Statement from BCTGM Local 167G President John Riskey Statement was read at 7:00 AM at all affected facilities
“Today, American Crystal Sugar workers in Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Crookston, and Chaska, MN, Hillsboro and Drayton, ND, and Mason City, IA showed up to work only to find their company has locked them out.
Instead of letting 1300 people continue working while a fair contract is negotiated, American Crystal Sugar executives have instead decided to hurt our communities with an unnecessary lockout.
The company has the power to immediately end this lockout and return to the negotiating table.
We want to get back to work and back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
We’re not asking for much.
We’re asking for a contract that doesn’t put our jobs in jeopardy.
We’re asking to continue health coverage that won’t put our families in financial ruin if someone gets sick.
We’re asking to continue the short-term disability coverage we’ve been paying for nearly 30 years.
We’re asking for an agreement that benefits the company, farmers, workers, and the entire community.
For years, Sugar Workers have stood shoulder to shoulder with the company to protect the sugar industry from harmful government policies and unfair trade agreements.
This partnership has allowed farmers to get a good price for their crop, the company to make record profits, and for the workers to earn a living to support their families and local businesses.
It has been a win-win situation.
We want to continue this partnership and want to go back to work.”
Statement from BCTGM Local 167G President John Riskey. For more information contact Mark Froemke, (218) 779-9258.
Read more from Workday Minnesota about events leading to the lockout: Sugar workers fear lockout in Red River Valley