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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