On the eve of the one-year anniversary of American Crystal Sugar’s decision to lock out its 1,300 union workers at facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, the Twin Cities Labor Chorus and the Lex-Ham Community Theater will present an evening of songs and words of action in support of the locked-out workers – and, hopefully, raise money for their hardship fund.
The concert and reading at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion on the State Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street, will begin at 7 p.m. July 31.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Money raised will support locked-out members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, as well as the Labor Chorus and the Lex-Ham Community Theater.
American Crystal Sugar’s union workers have voted three times since the lockout began last year to reject the company’s “final offer.” The company has refused any real negotiations with the union and is proceeding with the process of hiring replacement workers.
The mission of the Twin Cities Labor Chorus is “to empower the labor movement and reclaim protest and social justice music from the forces that would commodify it for profit. Also, to promote singing amongst union members and the public as a tool for building community and magnifying our collective power.”