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Fifth time's a charm? Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers to vote again

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Union workers who've been locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar for more than a year and a half plan to hold their fifth contract vote on Saturday, April 13, Forum Communications reports.

Members last voted down the company’s contract in December with 55 percent opposing the offer. However, 90 percent of the union rejected the first two votes.

Roughly 1,300 workers at American Crystal factories in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been locked out since August 2011. The Moorhead-based co-op has been using replacement workers to run the plants.

The Star Tribune says it's unclear how many workers will vote later this month because many have either retired or accepted other jobs.

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