As the negotiation deadline were approaching, union employees ASKED to continue working while the union leadership and company negotiators worked in good faith together towards a fair contract WORKABLE FOR ALL. At midnight July 31/Aug.1, 2011, a white line was drawn across the street not allowing the midnight or ANY shift of union workers to come to work thus imposing the LOCKOUT with replacements already on site! We have asked for negotiations to continue conceding to much of their proposals; the company has NOT BUDGED ONCE from their "Take IT or Leave IT" offer! While families and communities still suffer, the company plasters billboards advertising our jobs and still says they are acting in good faith and want us back. NOT SO! American Crystal Sugar WAS what the UNION SKILLED workers made it! THIS IS NO LONGER SO! Profits are down, Damage is up! The madness of the LOCKOUT needs to end! The UNION SKILLED workers need to get back, doing what ONLY the UNION SKILLED workers do best and that's MAKING PROFITABLE GOOD QUALITY SALABLE SUGAR! Replacements screwed up football as they STILL daily are in ALL the sugarbeet factories! HELP END THE LOCKOUT of ACS's UNION workers!!!