Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

House Democrats Wade Into Labor Dispute House Democrats Wade Into Labor Dispute

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Power

House Democrats Wade Into Labor Dispute

Thirty-seven Democratic lawmakers weighed in this week on a labor dispute between a Midwestern sugar company and its employees, who've been locked out for over a year.

The letter, sent to the CEO of American Crystal Sugar Company and the vice president of the workers' union, calls for management and labor to "bargain in good faith and genuinely seek to find common ground so that a final agreement can be reached."

It comes days after the AFL-CIO threatened to oppose a farm bill sugar program because of the lockout. The AFL-CIO sent the lawmakers' letter to the press, but did not return calls seeking comment on whether it has decided to campaign against the sugar program. 

The AFL-CIO's threats to oppose the sugar program and the letter from Democrats are both efforts by the union to use Congress to put political pressure on the sugar company. But so far, the efforts don't appear big enough to derail the stalled farm bill, which passed the Senate and was voted out of the House Agriculture Committee 35-11.

So why would the union challenge the program?

"Solidarity" with the workers in Minnesota and North Dakota, a labor source familiar with the union's plans told the Alley recently, despite the many other union jobs that could be affected if the program were in jeopardy.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL