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Locked-out Crystal workers take message on the road

May 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

About two dozen union supporters rallied along the Red River here before beginning a 200-mile, week-long pilgrimage of sorts following a hay wagon to the other four towns with American Crystal Sugar Co. processing factories. Continue Reading

Crookston bishop host prayer service for Crystal dispute

May 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

As a young priest, Bishop Hoeppner, head of the Catholic Diocese of Crookston, saw firsthand the impact of a bitter labor dispute in Austin, Minn. The bishop is hosting a prayer service Sunday in Crookston, ahead of scheduled talks between management and union representatives on June 8. Continue Reading

Crystal union lobbies for give and take in talks

May 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar union leaders say they’re willing to give on some key sticking points when they sit down for talks with company management next week, but need a similar attitude from the other side of the negotiating table to make progress toward ending the 10-month-old lockout. Continue Reading

Locked-out workers to caravan

May 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers said Tuesday they plan to travel 200 miles by foot and hay wagon to draw attention to the 10-month-old lockout. Continue Reading

Berg says American Crystal Sugar has no plans to budge on offer

May 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With the price of its 10-month-old lockout falling by the day and thousands of workers seeking jobs under the terms rejected by union employees, American Crystal Sugar has no plans and little incentive to budge from the contract offer it’s had on the table since last fall. Continue Reading

Official: union bringing ‘significant’ offer to Crystal negotiations

May 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Bakery Workers union official is saying that locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers will bring a counteroffer to the June 8 negotiations with the company. The counter offer will include “a new set of proposals to address their concerns since the last time we met,” Roger Delage, president of Local 2676 in Crookston, said today. Continue Reading

East Grand Forks council considers renewed open talks with American Crystal executives

April 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Council members also approve plan to pave 14th Avenue SoutheastMike Pokrzywinski is calling for renewed open communications between East Grand Forks City Council members and American Crystal Sugar Co. executives.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, the alderman-at-large cited the routine of meeting with ACS officials twice a year to address concerns, often the local plant’s odor situation. However, he said, the most recent meeting was the first in a year and was private, with limited participation from both parties. Continue Reading

4 locked-out American Crystal workers to launch ‘Journey for Justice’

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Four locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. union workers will join four locked-out workers from Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. today for a rally in Moorhead as they kick off a 1,000-mile road trip from Fargo to Findlay, Ohio. Continue Reading

Dayton to American Crystal: Time for ‘fair agreement’ with locked-out workers

November 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement Wednesday urging both sides in the American Crystal Sugar lockout to get back to the negotiation table, putting the most pressure on company officials. Continue Reading

Locked out Crystal workers plan rally at state Capitol

November 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar’s North Dakota plants say they will rally Wednesday at the state Capitol to urge legislators to reconsider their exclusion from North Dakota’s unemployment compensation system. Continue Reading