A union leader says a revised contract offer by American Crystal Sugar makes only minor changes in the deal workers have already rejected. Even so, he says the union will put it to a vote of members. Crystal says the offer comes off the table if it's not accepted by November 1st.
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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.
Sugar workers overwhelmingly reject American Crystal offer
Union leaders say 90 percent of members who cast ballots voted against the company's latest offer. The rejection means 1,300 workers are heading into the fourth month of their lockout.
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.
Sugar workers will bring new proposal to June talks with American Crystal
A union official says there won't be mass concessions but there will be new proposals when locked out workers site down for mediated talks with American Crystal Sugar on June eighth. The two sides have not spoken since February. The lockout of 1,300 workers began last August.
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.
Franken, Klobuchar urge American Crystal Sugar to get deal done
Congressional leaders are calling on American Crystal Sugar to return to negotiations with union workers. 90 percent of the company's 1,300 locked out workers voted against the latest offer Monday.
American Crystal exec says replacement workers getting job done
An American Crystal Sugar Co. executive says the company’s replacement workers are handling this fall’s sugar beet harvest well, nearly 14 months after the company locked out its union workers in a contract dispute. Meanwhile, the company and workers are arguing in court over whether the employees should get unemployment benefits.
Lockout wears on out-of-work American Crystal employees
Three months without a paycheck is starting to wear on locked-out American Crystal Sugar union employees. Many are scraping by on savings, temporary jobs and donated food.
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