Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Crystal Sugar says half of locked out workers will return, half moved on

Author:

American Crystal Sugar says about half of the 1,300 union workers who were locked out for 20 months will return to the company. The other half have apparently moved on to different jobs or to retirement.

A company executive tells the Fargo Forum American Crystal is moving forward with a fresh culture.

Union members approved Crystal's longstanding contract offer earlier this month, after rejecting it in four previous votes.

Labor analysts tell the Forum it's hard to find anything that the union gained from the lockout. They say the company got what it wanted and may slowly but surely do away with the union.

The lockout came with a cost to American Crystal, too, though. The Forum reports that in the fiscal year ending last August 31st, net proceeds were down 30 percent compared to 2010. There were also five injuries at American Crystal Sugar plants after none in the previous 20 months.

After the contract was approved, the company said it would be about six weeks before the union workers returned to Crystal's seven plants.

American Crystal is the nation's largest sugar beet processor, with four Minnesota plants in Moorhead, Crookston, East Grand Forks and Chaska.

Next Up

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

ashley Carlson

Remains of missing WI mom found in Pine County, MN

Ashley Miller-Carlson was 33 years old.

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Related

Union workers picket on 1-year anniversary of Crystal Sugar lock out

A few locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar were back on the picket line Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the union lockout by company. More than 1,300 workers from plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been affected by the lockout.

Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers set to vote on third contract offer

Locked-out union workers from American Crystal Sugar will try once more to resolve its differences with company owners when it votes on a contract proposal Saturday. The workers, locked out of plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa for nearly a year, have overwhelmingly rejected two previous contract offers.

Locked-out Crystal sugar workers, union reps remain deadlocked

Contract talks between American Crystal Sugar's leaders and union representatives once again ended Friday with no resolution. The meeting marked the fourth time the parties have tried to resolve their dispute with a federal mediator. More than 1,300 union workers have been locked-out of plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa for the past 10 months.

Locked-out union workers agree to sit down with American Crystal Sugar

For the first time since February, talks to end a 9-month contract dispute are scheduled to resume on June 8. About 1,300 workers at Crystal plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have been locked out since August.