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    Philpm, tofumagoo

    The company is owned primarily by Sugar Beet farmers - and I don't want to say that they are necessarily anti-union but the elected board certainly seems to be taking that route.

    As far as I know, the 5,000 or so shareholders aren't exactly rising up in revolt.

    •  With FIVE THOUSAND shareholders (0+ / 0-)

      They ought to be working the lines (or whatever sugar processors to) themselves. It sounds like there are more shareholders than employees.

      •  There are. (4+ / 0-)
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        Clio2, fladem, keenekarl, tofumagoo

        American Crystal was formed by farmers to process the biggest cash group by acre in North Dakota - sugar beets.

        Ostensibly the producers run the company in order to process the product locally and retain control after they harvest.

        On its face, this is a great idea and allows the farmers to maintain control of their own product without giving up rights to a multinational corporation.

        However, they still have to hire workers to run the plants and obviously they are not exactly going about it in a pro-union way.  Which is not terribly surprising as most North Dakota farmers could give a rats ass about unions.

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