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Published July 26, 2012, 09:25 AM

AFL-CIO head weighs in on ACS lockout

Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - The president of the AFL-CIO is pledging his support for locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers. It was hyped as a major announcement, but Richard Trumka really announced no specific actions.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - The president of the AFL-CIO is pledging his support for locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers. It was hyped as a major announcement, but Richard Trumka really announced no specific actions.

John Riskey – Union President: "With President Trumka bringing this to the forefront now it's gonna be brought out even more and its a great boost for our members and our officers of the union."

A moral boost for locked-out workers, but some ask how today's announcement will get people back to work.

John Riskey: "This is another thing that just has to be done. We're glad to have President Trumka and others behind us to help us get to the table."

Richard Trumka - AFL-CIO President: "I admire the courage of workers to stand up against this kind of greed for an entire year while the company does everything in its power to undermine their collective actions."

Riskey says the union will work with President Trumka to develop ways to come up with a solution to the nearly 12 month lockout.

John Riskey: "We're still ready to negotiate at any time in any place and there still has to be a negotiation from both sides."

Although the company has already offered what it calls its last and final contract--union workers still have hope, this isn't the end.

Richard Trumka: "Hopefully American Crystal Sugar will come back to the table and start negotiating in good faith if they don't then the campaign will continue to escalate until they do and while they do until a contract is reached."

Trumka gave the union $25,000 to kick--start the campaign. Calls to company executives were not returned.

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