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Debra L. Armstrong, Published December 10 2011

Workers helped generate profits

As American Crystal Sugar Co. held its annual meeting and discussed record revenues for 2011, I would like to remind everyone that the union workers helped generate those profits.

Record crops need to be processed in record time. Throughout the years, the union workers have accomplished that feat. We did so in an efficient manner, providing customers with a safe, top-quality product. The union worker was a part of the profitable company.

While the growers get record payments and CEOs are rewarded with generous raises, the union workers are locked out of their jobs.

This atrocious treatment toward the union worker isn’t enough for American Crystal Sugar Co. We also have to endure remarks comparing us (the union workers) to a disease that needs to be “cut out,” followed by shallow comments assuring us (the union) that “union busting” isn’t a part of American Crystal Sugar Co.’s agenda.

I find this “double talk” offensive and confusing.


Armstrong is a 21-year employee of the Moorhead Crystal factory.