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Drop in grower payments clouds American Crystal meeting

December 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

FARGO — Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and aband…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: It’s a perfect storm for US sugar

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Let’s put to rest the self-serving nonsense that the steep decline in American Crystal sugar payments is a result of the labor conflict that resulted in a long lockout of union workers. No one can make an honest, cogent, fact-based argument that th…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: It’s a perfect storm for US sugar

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Let’s put to rest the self-serving nonsense that the steep decline in American Crystal sugar payments is a result of the labor conflict that resulted in a long lockout of union workers. No one can make an honest, cogent, fact-based argument that th…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Back to work, but not to normal for American Crystal and union

April 20, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Twenty months after locking out its 1,300 union workers, American Crystal Sugar is better positioned for the future with a new workforce, according to management. Continue Reading

Crystal’s profits drop by 32 percent but still near record high

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

MOORHEAD, Minn. American Crystal Sugar saw its net proceeds slump by almost a third for its 2012 reporting year, although it posted its second-highest payments to beet growers in history. Continue Reading

Mary Olson, Grand Forks, letter: Union helped write Crystal’s success story

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Bob did whatever it took to keep the plants running. And he was not alone: Other American Crystal employees have accomplished tasks that took incredible courage and perseverance to complete. The loyalty and determination of these union workers has played a crucial role in the success of the company.”
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For the GOP, a strategic retreat

December 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Clearly, the issue for GOP hardliners is not tax rates at all. The issue is pride. They hold an untenable position, and they can’t bring themselves to admit defeat. Continue Reading

Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers reject offer for 4th time

December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers rejected the company’s contract offer for the fourth time Saturday. Fifty-five percent of union workers voted to reject the contract, down from the 63 percent that voted to reject the same offer earlier this summer.
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American Crystal: Union may vote soon on contract

November 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar management is expecting locked-out union workers to vote again on a labor contract in a little more than a week. In the past thre votes, including the one that led to the workers’ lockout Aug. 1, union members have voted overwhelmingly against the contract. Continue Reading

Sugar beet harvest gets going again

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Red River Valley’s sugar beet crop is the odd man out in this season of early planted, early harvested crops, with digging actually behind normal schedules. Continue Reading