Valley News reports American Crystal executives and union negotiators made no progress after yet another meeting. In a statement, executives said the union is ignoring the fact "times have changed dramatically" and that contracts must reflect those changes. The union says it has put forward new proposals but the company refuses to bargain.
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Union leaders and company executives returned to the bargaining table for the first time in more than two months, though they left again without a deal. WDAY reports Crystal Sugar is sticking with what it calls its final offer, but union workers are still worried about some of the contract's wording surrounding job security.
Dayton calls for nonstop talks betwen American Crystal, union
Union officials quickly embraced the plan but management has stayed quiet. Dayton is urging both parties to resume negotiations and not stop -- except to eat and sleep -- until they can reach a deal.
National Labor Board sides with American Crystal Sugar
American Crystal’s 13-hundred union workers claimed the company failed to bargain a new contract in good faith. Those workers have now been out of work for more than four months.
Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers plan 6-state tour
Workers from the Red River Valley are teaming up with locked-out Ohio workers from Cooper Tire on what they're calling a "Journey for Justice" tour. The unions say they're trying to draw attention to "the most recent wave of greed-motivated corporate attacks on workers and their unions."
DFLers' bill would ban Minnesota from buying Crystal sugar until lockout ends
Ten Democrats in the Legislature have introduced a bill that would prohibit government departments and agencies from buying sugar from American Crystal until the company resolves its dispute with union workers. More than 1,300 workers have been locked out since Aug. 1.
American Crystal Sugar rejects union proposal as "publicity stunt"
American Crystal says the latest proposal from its workers includes none of the company's suggestions for ending the lockout that is approaching six months. Meanwhile, the company has posted help wanted ads for what it describes as "long-term temporary" workers.
American Crystal CEO thinks company and workers will reach deal
The chief executive says he thinks the parties will eventually reach a settlement that gets locked-out workers back on the job. “Bruises take awhile to get healed, but we’ll get over it,” said David Berg. The workers, meanwhile, want the company to explain why they were locked out in the first place.
Crystal Sugar, union head back to bargaining table
Talks are set to resume Friday between American Crystal Sugar Co. and 1,300 locked-out union workers. It's been more than four months since the two sides last met. Union spokesman John Riskey told the Associated Press he hopes the company will "cooperate and negotiate." Company spokesman Brian Ingulsrud says the company's last contract offer stands.
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