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Published August 03, 2011, 07:45 PM

Non-union American Crystal Workers Say They're Threatened by Union Members

The 1,300 employees that are locked out of Crystal plants include those non-union workers, who say they lost their jobs because of the union vote.

Non-union workers at American Crystal Sugar's Hillsboro plant say they're being threatened by union employees.

The 1,300 employees that are locked out of Crystal plants include those non-union workers, who say they lost their jobs because of the union vote.

It all started Monday morning when employees were picketing against the lockout.

Non-union members were present with signs that said "the union cost me my job." Workers say it wasn't meant to be a stab at union workers, although many are taking it that way.

Char Hoff and Karen Seagram are two non-union workers who were picketing on Monday morning after they too were locked out of their job at the Hillsboro plant.

They say union workers have threatened their families and Hoff has even lost one of her other jobs because of it.

Hoff has even gone as far as contacting a lawyer to make the threats stop, saying there is no need to bring others into this.

"They thought we were bashing the union which we weren't. You have the right to picket, you have the right to belong to the union. We also have a right to picket and have a right not to belong to the union," Karen Seagram said.

Hoff and Seagram say if the union workers voted yes on the contract, they'd still have a job.

Union workers weren't just present outside American Crystal Sugar plants on Wednesday. They were also picketing at one of the Grand Forks hotels where the replacement workers are staying.

Workers say they were doing an informational picket for the replacement workers.

They wanted to let them know that they feel it's unacceptable to come into the community these workers live and work in and steal their jobs and take the money elsewhere.

"They locked us out and turned our factory into an armed camp and we're outside while looking in. It's very, very hurtful," union representative Mark Froemke said.

Workers are planning another picket. The replacement workers had no comment Wednesday.

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