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New law would give additional benefits to locked-out workers

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Workers who are locked out by their companies in labor disputes would get more benefits under new legislation before Minnesota lawmakers.

The Associated Press reports that the bill would give locked-out workers to as much as a half-year in additional unemployment benefits. They can already claim 26 weeks.

The bill is set for final action in both the House and the Senate later this week.

There have been several high profile lockouts in Minnesota over the past year, including those for workers at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the American Crystal Sugar Co.

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