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LIFE ON THE PICKET LINE: American Crystal workers keep the faith

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The sound of crickets chirping reverberated through the crisp early morning air, interrupted every now and then by the honking horn of a passing motorist.

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A group of darkened figures slowly rose to their feet from folding chairs arranged along the roadway, cutting conversations short to wave picket signs at approaching vehicles.

Life on the picket line provides plenty of time for reflection and frustration.

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