Darnell Olson, Published December 29 2011
Let’s end lockout at Crystal SugarI am a locked-out employee at American Crystal. I have worked there for 35 years. My father also worked there as beet end foreman for 35 years. He was a well-respected man and never thought he was any better than anyone else; he worked right along with his workers. He died at the very young age of 52. He lived the way he wanted people to remember him. I am so proud to have had such a caring father.
CEO Dave Berg: You worked on my shift many years ago and saw how the process worked. I respected you as a boss. You saw how hard people worked to keep our factory going and how it made money for everyone who worked for Crystal. I’ve never understood how money can change people, but I am now experiencing the negative consequences of this 5-month-old lockout.
I watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with my 5-year-old grandson the other night. That’s a cartoon, but in real life, you stole 1,300 jobs. My grandson prayed that night for all of us and asked that you and the beet farmers would give our jobs back. How do you want to be remembered? Leave a living legacy.
Let’s get back to the table and talk.