Union president rips Minneapolis three-lockout firm
I knew it!
The ever-vigilant Sally Jo Sorensen points readers to a commentary in the Grand Forks Herald by local AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. In it she says: “While we see the National Hockey Leauge player lockout coming to an end, Minnesota still has three major lockouts on its hands. Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have been locked out since the fall. And one of the most egregious examples is in the Red River Valley, where 1,300 skilled and highly trained workers who turn beets into sugar have been locked out for nearly 17 months by their already profitable employer — American Crystal Sugar. Besides the fact that these employers all are located in Minnesota, there is another common thread. All three employers are represented by the Minneapolis law firm of Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt at the bargaining table. ... These lockouts continue to hurt workers, employers and communities. So, why are they continuing? The only ones who seem to be benefiting are the employers’ lawyers. Are these attorneys giving their clients the best advice? Will these lockouts leave wounds that are too deep for time to ever heal?”