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Published February 16, 2012, 07:24 PM

Crystal Union, Other Locked-out Workers Join Forces for 'Journey for Justice'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A 1,000-mile journey is bringing together locked-out union workers from around the Midwest.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A 1,000-mile journey is bringing together locked-out union workers from around the Midwest.

They're going on a tour called "Journey For Justice" to bring awareness through six states in six days.

"We get a lot of honking still while we're out there so it's not like they've forgotten about us," locked-out worker Ken Lamberson said.

he America Crystal Sugar lockout has not only affected Lamberson, who worked there for 16 years, but his whole family.

"It's really tough on me, my dad, brother and sister. We're all a part of this lockout. It's hard to ask for help from someone else in the family, when they are in the same boat you are, it's difficult," Lamberson said.

That's why Lamberson is happy that locked out crystal sugar workers along the Valley will meet up with locked-out workers from Cooper Tire of Ohio.

"It's a thousand mile journey, Journey for Justice, is what we're calling it. It's starting in Fargo and we're going to have various stops on the way. Six day journey to Findlay, Ohio," local BCTGM Union representative John Riskey said.

Four ambassadors from the BCTGM union and four from the Steelworkers Union will share struggles with each other and participate in rallies and fundraisers through all six states.

"This started just to get the word out to get the word out about what's going on with the lockout and a tool to raise some funds to help us," Riskey said.

The Crystal Sugar lockout affected nearly 1,300 workers up and down the Valley and the Cooper Tire lockout has left more than 1,000 workers without a job.

Workers hope this journey will show the company that they are not backing down and are ready to get this lockout resolved.

"For me I think it's a great thing, it gets people from Cooper Tire to come up here and see our fight here and we get to travel back with them and see their fight down there," Lamberson said.

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