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This was written by Buddy Howard, President of the Lee County Labor Council and BCTGM 48G member from Keokuk. It is in regard to the lockout of American Crystal Sugar Workers.
I recently took a 1700 mile trip to be with my BCTGM brothers and sisters on the picket lines who are locked out by Crystal Sugar.
I was surprised in town to talk to some folks who said they weren’t sure who was to blame, the company or the
Are you kidding me?
This is a company who made record profits.
These are workers who traveled for the company lobbying for the sugar program.
This is a company who is paying (and housing) scabs more money than most of your neighbors were making at the plants.
These are workers who faithfully bargained and turned down a union busting contract but offered to keep working while a fair settlement was reached.
This is a company who brought in professional scabs to your towns and who put fear into businesses and small farmers so they can’t do the right thing and support the workers who are having their lives torn apart by corporate greed.
These are workers who supported your businesses and are your neighbors. And some aren’t even getting
How about giving an hour or two on the picket line. Or a small donation.
Like the old song says, “Which side are you on?”
There should be no doubt.
You either support families who fight with all they’ve got for their jobs and their dignity. Or you support a millionaire who pays scabs to cross a picket line and steal someones elses job.
For those who have supported my brothers and sisters,
Thank you so much.
President Lee County Labor Council
Member BCTGM 48G