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.
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.
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