The AFL-CIO has endorsed a proposed consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products that it set to begin Monday, October 15th if the company fails to deal equitably with its workforce.
An AFL-CIO spokesperson noted, “This consumer boycott is part of the broader labor movement’s continued support for the locked-out workers of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). American Crystal Sugar management has blocked 1,300 workers from their jobs for over a year, denying them incomes and healthcare benefits.”
Stressing that “the national labor movement endorses boycotts cautiously and only in instances of grave injustice,” the spokesperson added, “The 12 million union families of the AFL-CIO are proud to stand with the courageous locked-out workers who are responsible for American Crystal Sugar’s profitability and previously strong reputation.”
The workers have been locked out since August 1st of last year. Ironically, the company’s move came shortly after its chief executive officer rewarded himself with a 50 percent wage increase.
The BCTGM is an MTD affiliate.