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National Labor Board sides with American Crystal Sugar

American Crystal’s 13-hundred union workers claimed the company failed to bargain a new contract in good faith. Those workers have now been out of work for more than four months.
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American Crystal’s 13-hundred union workers claimed the company failed to bargain a new contract in good faith. Those workers have now been out of work for more than four months.

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