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Unions show support for sugar factory workers
Feb 27, 2012 | 2135 views | 8 8 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Unions recently showed up at the United Sugars plant on Stoughton Avenue in Chaska to support the union workers who have been locked out since last fall.

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locked out
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March 01, 2012
To get rid of unions - I am glad you support China, these people work under horrible conditions and make very little. Of course the owners of these companies do quite well. I agree that the union got a bad name because of greed in the past. What I don't understand is when the factory has paid the CEO millions,nothing is said about greed. The people doing the real labor were told "Good Job and great year, thank you" a couple months later "accept this contract that cuts out many things from your old contract, you have to take less". They would rather pay out big for temp workers than treat the loyal workers right. Treat others as you want to be treated.
anonymous
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March 01, 2012
The other post in regard to China getting the bid was very accurate. The post did not say he supported China. The state of California had to by law except the lowest bid. The fact was the difference was reported to be labor costs reflected by Union wages.
Carroll1
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February 29, 2012
I am looking to see the Unions asking our U.S. Senators and Representatives to END the SUGAR Subsidies and Preotectionist Legislation that has enabled these Farmers and this CO-OP to prosper at the Expense of eveyone that uses Sugar which encompasses virtually every person in the United States.

Candy makers, Bakeries, Restaurants, etc. ALL pay more costing everyone more just to enrich the Farmers.

So, like I started saying, look for the Unions to start that War next if the CO-OP does not agree to their demands.

PS: I am not associated nor do I have any personal friends working for the company or as any of the Farmers.
patrick dempsey
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February 28, 2012
unions such as the one at the sugar plant are long past their usefulness. The changing scale of food economics and increased costs at the plant without the rail shipment option are not lost on management. The problem is unions fight for the status quo never giving in to the fact that things change that make clinging to the status quo the wrong thing to do as in the case of the sugar plant. People don't need unions to bargain with their employer unless their skills are so esoteric they can't work anywhere else. It behooves people to stay nimble and educated so you can move around within the economy where you can put your skills to work. If all you know how to do is use a hammer and you never learn how to use a drill or a saw or learn some other skill so you can remain a commodity, don't be surprised when you get locked out with no where to go.

I look at the offer the plant gave the workers and it wasn't the greatest deal in the world, but it wasn't all that bad, either. The union said 'no thanks'. Well, the union should have taken the offer, then.
anonymous
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February 27, 2012
The offers to the Unions were fair. Just the greedy Union worker want more. Stay locked out. The company should use the workers they have now and forget about the Unions
dan kohman
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February 27, 2012
when all the unions are gone an your working for a small wage an NO benefits remember how great it was when there were unions. The real problem is the greety corperations I my self have stoped buying crystal sugar "not anonymous"
anonymous
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February 28, 2012
Yes the Unions are a thing of the past and have become to greedy. We all pay more for this Union Greed.
Get rid of Unions
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February 29, 2012
I'm with you there Dan. You don't like it, don't buy the sugar. I don't like unions and would not purchase a union made car. The cost is driven up by the greedy workers. A bridge in California went to the lowest bidder. China got the bid. Why, because the highest bid from the US had union wages. Unions had a place in this country but there time is over.
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