Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

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  • Twenty-Month Stoppage Yields Workers Hardship but Little Benefit

    Posted on Apr 16, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    In summer 2011, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union — the same union whose strike killed Hostess — representing workers at American Crystal Sugar rejected a final contract offer and were locked out of their jobs. The union demanded that competitiveness-harming policies like seniority promotion remain in the contract, so despite […]

  • Lockout Sours for Union Members at Sugar Plants

    Posted on Dec 03, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    For the fourth time, American Crystal Sugar union members rejected the contract proposed by the company. That means the 16-month lockout will continue. This was the closest vote yet, with 55 percent of members rejecting the vote, down from 63 percent in June and at least 90 percent in the two votes prior. The sticking points have remained the […]