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Crystal Sugar workers reject contract for 4th time

December 1, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth time. Continue Reading

Earliest ever Crystal pre-pile begins

August 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The earliest sugar beet “pre-pile” harvest in American Crystal Sugar Co. history began Tuesday in the Red River Valley. Pre-piling usually starts Sept. 1, but an early planting season has led to an early harvest; about 90 percent of the crop was planted in May. Continue Reading

Crystal agrees to union contract — but it’s in Montana

April 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The contract that Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. signed last week with the Bakery Worker’s union at a subsidiary in Sidney, Mont., is similar to the contract the company offered to locked-out union workers at its Red River Valley factories, a company executive said this week.
But a union leader here said there are key differences. Continue Reading

Is Crystal Sugar heading for labor impasse Aug. 1?

July 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Is American Crystal Sugar Co. headed for a lockout with its 1,300 union employees on Aug. 1? Or will the last-minute brinksmanship end in an agreement? It’s too soon to say, but union officials say time is running short to replace the co-op’s seven-year labor contract. Continue Reading

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Cap-and-trade legislation ‘lethal’ to beet industry, says American Crystal exec

May 27, 2010 in INFORUM

If “cap-and-trade” legislation were to move forward as currently framed, it would be the death knell to the “world-class efficient” sugar beet industry in the Red River Valley, and much of the rest of the country, a top executive of American Crystal Sugar Co. said this week.

David Berg, American Crystal’s president and chief executive for nearly three years, summed up the effect of the House version of climate control legislation and expanded on issues he alluded to at December’s annual company meeting. Continue reading…