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David I. Carlsen, Moorhead, Published June 15 2012

Crystal treats workers shabbily

As a former chief financial officer of American Crystal Sugar, I am disappointed by the actions of the company in its treatment of its factory employees. After finishing a banner year of productivity, they are rewarded by being locked out!

When I was the CFO, I realized that the productivity of the factory workers was vital in the success of the company, and these workers should be recognized for their importance and not treated as though they are disposable.

I am disappointed, also, that the growers seem to be unaware of all the problems that the lack of experienced and reliable employees has created, and I can’t help but think that profits will suffer from this lockout. The communities that these locked-out employees live in must also suffer because of the lack of financial resources of the workers.

The lack of medical insurance is a real hardship for some. The whole attitude of the company seems calloused and hard hearted. Saving money out of the hide of valued employees seems cruel.