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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

Union tries new ways to win sympathy, but will it work?

October 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Union leaders and management officials claim the public is on their side, but labor experts say public opinion has limited impact in labor disputes. Continue Reading

Despite union lockout, boycott, beet harvest rumbles on

October 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. Unions hope a national consumer boycott against Crystal Sugar will pressure the company to settle, but the beet farmers who own the American Crystal Sugar cooperative are not feeling that pressure. Continue Reading

In labor disputes, management’s leverage on the rise

September 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Once upon a time, the notion of booting employees off the job in a lockout was so rare it was closer to myth than reality, according to UND business professor Bruce Byars. Today, the tactic is a well-honed weapon in the corporate arsenal, readily deployed against everyone from sugar beet processors to professional hockey players. Continue Reading

Crystal workers put pressure on board members

September 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out workers demonstrated in front of the homes of American Crystal Sugar Co. directors Wednesday for the second day in a row, in a bid to drive home the lockout’s human toll. Continue Reading

Crystal workers rally, hope growers will join them

August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

About 200 people showed up at a meeting held by locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers Saturday in East Grand Forks, though the person they really wanted to see wasn’t there. Continue Reading

Did American Crystal break the union?

June 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The lockout isn’t done, but it might be over despite fresh voteThere are few easy answers for locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers, who will vote Saturday on a contract they rejected emphatically last November. The terms haven’t changed, but in the eyes of some workers, the prospects for a better offer particularly after the latest round of negotiations went nowhere have dimmed. Still, as the fight drags on and parties dig in, it becomes harder for either side to accept what feels like defeat. “It’s hard to get your head around, ‘We really lost this,’” said Greg Cant, a labor relations expert at Concordia College. “That’s a hard pill to swallow.” Continue Reading

Crystal exec: No change in contract offer

May 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar has agreed to sit down with the Bakery Workers union and a federal mediator Jan. 8, “but our final offer is our final offer,” ACS spokesman Brian Ingulsrud said Thursday. Continue Reading

Crystal, union reps to meet June 8

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“We hope there will be negotiations; the last few times we met, they just listened,” said John Riskey, president of Local 167G, which represents locked-out workers at Crystal plants in East Grand Forks, Drayton, N.D., and Moorhead.
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Crystal holds job fairs near Drayton plant

March 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Seven months into its dispute with its union, American Crystal Sugar Co. is recruiting more local temporary workers. Union members monitoring the job fairs say few have responded. Continue Reading