John Deere, 3M, and ULINE Face Backlash Over Business Ties

John Deere, ULINE, and 3M, three companies that do significant business in the Upper Midwest, are facing backlash from consumers for their ties to trucking companies Logistics Made Easy (LME) and Finish Line Express (FLE).

The backlash comes amid public outcry over the closure of sister company Lakeville Motor Express orchestrated by LME and FLE executives. The closure put 95 families out of work three days before Thanksgiving with no notice, and company executives are refusing to pay employees for work already completed and benefits already accrued.

After reports from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, KSTP-TV and KMSP-TV, the public is calling for answers and today Governor Dayton’s office announced an investigation into what Lt. Governor Tina Smith has called, “Really the same as stealing from these workers.”

Now, social media posts have gone viral, asking why John Deere, ULINE, and 3M (among others) are continuing to do business with LME and FLE despite the horrendous treatment of 95 working families. It is yet to be seen if these companies will put investors’ money at risk by continuing to use LME/FLE.

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Graeme Allen