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Got a lockout?

The annual Dairy Day in Olympia, coming on the heels of the always-popular Potato Day, rarely causes much of a stir. After all, what’s objectionable about touting your industry by handing out free ice cream bars?

Some lawmakers were annoyed this year, however, when the annual dairy giveaway included free coupons for Darigold sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter. Darigold is the same company that last year locked out 200 Seattle-area workers in a contract dispute — something that hardly endears the company and its products to labor-friendly Democrats in the Legislature. Several took up a collection for the coupons — which they donated to the locked-out workers’ families.

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Richard Roesler covers Washington state news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Olympia.

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