Song line at benefit for American Crystal Sugar’s locked out workers marks a line in the sand


This week marks the centennial of folksinger Woody Guthrie’s birth. It’s also been a year since American Crystal Sugar locked out its workers.

In this spirit, the Twin Cities Labor Chorus held a benefit concert for those workers, highlighting Minnesota’s role as a battleground for corporate bottom lines vs. workers’ rights, the 1% vs. the 99%, profit vs. prosperity for all, as MN2020’s report Money Talks points out.

Individually Minnesota’s workers, Main Street merchants, and other community stakeholders can’t change the Wall Street, quick-profit culture dominating global enterprise. However, working together and forcing companies to better align stakeholder and shareholder interests these groups can accrue a more equitable share of America’s wealth. – Lee Egerstom.

Back to the concert, here’s a highlight. Feel free to sing along: