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Josh Keller, Minneapolis, Published October 18 2012

Letter: We’ll use Hawaii sugar for holiday cookies this year

I have been following the Crystal Sugar lockout from a distance, and it really seems like the company is being excessively harsh and unfair with workers. Now I hear there may be a boycott, which is too bad because my family makes a point to buy Minnesota products.

If a boycott is called, I will answer the call because I can’t support a company that won’t negotiate fairly with its workers, even if that means breaking my golden rule of supporting companies from the state I grew up in and have lived in all my life. We have a cookie cutter in the shape of the state of Minnesota that we use each year – it is just too bad that the holiday cookies we will make in the shape of our great state may have to be made with sugar from Hawaii this year.

For the workers, the community and those of us who want to continue to proudly say we live in the best state (and region) in the country, I hope American Crystal Sugar will end this lockout, negotiate in good faith and get these workers back on the job.