Sugar and Sweeteners

American Crystal Union Workers Reject Contract

 

Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar Co. rejected the company's contract proposal a third time Saturday in a nearly 11-month dispute that focuses on seniority and job security.

 

The union announced that 63% of voters opted against the latest offer. Union employees said Crystal was out to break the union, while the company has said it offered a good contract with substantial increases in wages and benefits.

 

Read more: American Crystal Union Workers Reject Contract

America vs. the Sugar Lobby

 

On Wednesday, the Senate voted not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers.  It’s not often conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans, pro-growth conservative groups and the Teamsters agree on something.  In fact, it’s almost unheard of.  But when it comes to the federal government’s sugar program – one of the most egregious corporate welfare handouts in a long list of wasteful programs – these strange bedfellows have found common ground. 

 

Read more: America vs. the Sugar Lobby