Locked-Out Crystal Sugar Workers Reject Latest Contract
For the fourth time, locked-out American Crystal Sugar Workers – who are members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and have gone 16 months without a Contract - have rejected an identical Contract Offer from the Management Company.
In October, the National AFL-CIO announced a Nationwide Boycott of American Crystal Sugar products.
Susan Sylvester, a Crookston, Minnesota, resident who’s worked at the Company for 37 years, told the The Huffington Post: “Our Families, they’ve really suffered great hardship, especially the ones with little kids. It’s a strain on marriages. It’s a strain on relationships. Sixteen months with no pay coming in.”
Says BCTGM Local 167G President John Riskey: "By now it should be clear that Crystal Sugar’s Management Team has no interest in ending a fiscally irresponsible Lock-Out that has been disastrous to Farmer Shareholders, put the Federal Sugar Program in jeopardy and hurt countless Families in the Red River Valley. It’s time for Shareholders to reclaim their Company and send Management back to the table for real ‘give-and-take’ negotiations.”
Since the Lock-Out began, American Crystal Sugar's:
· Profits have fallen. Net Proceeds fell more than 30% in Fiscal 2012 to $555 million, compared to $811 million for the Fiscal Year that ended August 31st, 2011. The amount received by Growers Per Ton of Beets fell more than $14 to $58.67. In contrast, Farmers at Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative are projected to receive $74.05 Per Ton in 2012. Western Sugar expects $82.70 Per Ton and Michigan Sugar expects $87.74 Per Ton.
· Debt continues to rise. Short-term Debt increased to $110 million at the end of August 2012 - a 66% increase from the $66.2 million in Debt at the end of Fiscal 2011 and a 2,100% increase from $5 million in Debt at the end of Fiscal 2010. Meanwhile, American Crystal Sugar had its lender increase its line of credit by $60 million.
National AFL-CIO News Now Editor’s Note: Click here on this direct link to learn more about the American Crystal Sugar Products Boycott. You can also see the video: AFL-CIO: Children Speak Out Against the American Crystal Sugar Company Lockout (BCTGM)" here and you can also donate to the American Crystal Sugar Lock-Out Fund here.