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After 20 months, locked-out Crystal workers to accept contract

April 14, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

MOORHEAD American Crystal Sugar Co. workers locked out of their jobs since Aug. 1, 2011, are heading back to work, but it’s a bittersweet resolution for the union. Continue Reading

Amendment would lock out locked out workers from benefits

March 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Locked out employees would not receive unemployment benefits under an amendment added Monday to a state Job Service bill. Continue Reading

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Growers Celebrate a Sweeter Sugar Beet Crop This Year

November 16, 2012 in WDAZ

Sugar beet growers along the Red River Valley are having a sweet harvest this year. The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and American Crystal Sugar report the sugar content in beets is up nearly 20 percent. Continue Reading

Crystal workers to vote on contract June 23

June 15, 2012 in DL-Online

Locked-out Bakery Workers union members decided today to vote again on American Crystal Sugar Co.’s offer of a new five-year contract. The decision was finalized late Thursday afternoon, after the last of factory district meetings was held in Crookston, he said.
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DFL CONVENTION NOTEBOOK: Legislative races key … Crystal worker speaks … Dayton thanks DFL … more

June 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar apparently doing well in Minnesota, those races may not pull as many Democratic volunteers and donors as in other years. Instead, longtime DFL activist Thom Peterson said, legislative races will be the driving force. Continue Reading

American Crystal Sugar reaches contract deal with Montana workers, others still deadlocked

April 26, 2012 in West Central Tribune

American Crystal Sugar has agreed to a contract with union workers at a subsidiary in Montana but remains at a standoff with union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Continue Reading

Bill seeks to prohibit Minnesota from buying Crystal sugar until lockout over

March 16, 2012 in DL-Online

ST. PAUL Ten Democratic-Farmer-Labor House members introduced a bill Thursday to forbid the state from sugar from American Crystal until the firm ends a lockout that’s lasted more than seven months. Continue Reading

Crystal still aims to hire

January 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Company zeroes in on local replacements; new workers hurt profits, union says
American Crystal Sugar Co. continues to advertise for local replacement workers, including in the Herald, in the sixth month of the lockout of its union employees. Continue Reading

AMERICAN CRYSTAL LOCKOUT: Ending a fight in God’s house

December 22, 2011 in DL-Online

There were prayers, hymns, scripture and some tears Wednesday during a worship service at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks aimed at reconciliation in the long-running labor dispute between American Crystal Sugar Co. and its 1,300 locked-out union workers.
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Good year means big bonuses for American Crystal Sugar executives

December 2, 2011 in West Central Tribune

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A banner year has produced big profits for American Crystal Sugar Co. and big paydays for its executives. Locked-out union workers at Crystal plants in three states say that’s evidence the cooperative can afford to make a better contract offer. Continue Reading