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AFL-CIO launches a nationwide boycott of
American Crystal Sugar

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2012

With holiday baking season approaching, the AFL-CIO launched a nationwide boycott October 15 of products produced by American Crystal Sugar, stepping up pressure on the company to settle a fair contract with 1,300 locked-out union workers.

The workers — members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers union — have been locked out of their jobs in the Red River Valley for nearly 15 months, since August 1, 2011. The lock-out followed the workers’ refusal to accept contract concessions.

The AFL-CIO said the boycott will be called off if Crystal Sugar, which has denied its workers the opportunity to do their jobs, returns to the bargaining table in good faith and concludes a contract.

What to avoid: American Crystal Sugar sells to consumers under the Crystal Sugar label. The company also produces private-label brands for many grocery and retail chains, including Target’s “Market Pantry” sugar sold in Minnesota.

The best way to avoid buying any Crystal Sugar product is to buy cane sugar instead (such as C&H, Imperial, or Domino). Beet-sugar options include the GW and White Satin brands.

Click here to learn more, take action, and sign an on-line pledge to boycott American Crystal Sugar products

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