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Vol. 76/No. 7      February 20, 2012

Wood donation aids
sugar workers’ pickets
Scott Ripplinger

John Ostendorf, above right, who makes a living as a beef farmer and wood hauler, delivers a semitrailer of wood Feb. 5 to members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union locked out at American Crystal Sugar Co. in East Grand Forks, Minn. Ostendorf was greeted by 15 locked-out workers ready with their chain saws. The split wood is needed to keep warm on the picket lines.

Some 1,300 workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 at seven facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. The union is receiving solidarity and donations, including food aid and financial contributions.

Steve Share, editor of Labor Review in Minneapolis, who visited the picket lines last week, brought a check for $5,000 from the Minneapolis Regional Federation of Labor to help with a food drive.

Send messages of solidarity and contributions to BCTGM Local 167G, 100 N 3rd St. Suite 50, Grand Forks, ND 58203.


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