One year after sugar lockout, workers are weary, some still hopeful

Wednesday marks one year since 1,300 American Crystal Sugar workers were locked out in a labor dispute. The lockout has frayed nerves and friendships in the five Red River Valley towns where plants are located. A number of workers have found other jobs and are beginning to move on. Others remain hopeful the lockout will come to an end and they will return to the plant.
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Wednesday marks one year since 1,300 American Crystal Sugar workers were locked out in a labor dispute. The lockout has frayed nerves and friendships in the five Red River Valley towns where plants are located. A number of workers have found other jobs and are beginning to move on. Others remain hopeful the lockout will come to an end and they will return to the plant.

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