American Crystal Sugar workers optimistic upcoming mediation could end lockout

The mediation session set for October 24th has workers hopeful a new labor agreement could be on the horizon. 1,300 workers in the Red River Valley have been locked out since August 1st and it's been nearly two months since the last round of talks.
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The mediation session set for October 24th has workers hopeful a new labor agreement could be on the horizon. 1,300 workers in the Red River Valley have been locked out since August 1st and it's been nearly two months since the last round of talks.

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American Crystal Sugar workers reject contract offer for third time

Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar Co. Saturday said no for the third time in nearly a year to their company's contract offer. The union says 63 percent of the union's 1,300 worker membership voted against the offer. The workers have been locked out of plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa since last August.

American Crystal says cost of lockout will pass as workers are replaced

The sugar giant will offer beet growers in the Red River Valley a lower price this year, partly because of the financial toll of its lockout of 1,300 union workers. But the company says it has already replaced more than half of those workers. Crystal promised growers higher prices next year, when the company expects all of the locked out workers will have been replaced.

American Crystal, workers to restart talks

American Crystal Sugar and its locked out union workers were scheduled to meet again Friday in an effort to restart contract talks. The company locked out 1,300 workers at five factories last August. This is the fourth time the two sides have met with a federal mediator to try to end the impasse.

Crystal Sugar workers will vote on same offer that produced lockout

American Crystal Sugar is adamant that it will not change its contract offer to 1,300 union workers. Some of the employees who have been locked out for nearly 11 months are now interested in voting again on the offer they've spurned in the past. Union leaders have scheduled a vote for June 23.