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Locked-out sugar workers ready to vote on American Crystal's latest offer

Union leaders have said the company's offer is not very different from the one workers rejected at the start of the lockout three months ago. But some financially-squeezed workers plan to vote to accept it.
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Union leaders have said the company's offer is not very different from the one workers rejected at the start of the lockout three months ago. But some financially-squeezed workers plan to vote to accept it.

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