Lock-outs: Employers abandon good faith collective bargaining

By Bill McCarthy, Minneapolis Labor Review

The new year began with continuing lock-outs for American Crystal Sugar workers, for musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and for the players of the National Hockey League.

The four-month NHL lock-out came to an end January 12.

But for workers at American Crystal Sugar — members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union — their employer now has locked them out for 17 months, since August 1, 2011.

Can you imagine how you and your family would survive 17 months locked-out from your job?


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