Sugar workers vote no for fourth time

By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio

Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar have again rejected the company’s contract offer.

Union officials say 55 percent of workers who voted said no on Saturday. It was the fourth time in 16 months workers turned down the same contract.

Lois Hirchert, a 35-year employee at the Moorhead American Crystal factory, said the company gave workers no incentive to accept the contract. But she rejected the notion that workers are losing this labor dispute.

“The farmers lost money,” Hirchert said. “American Crystal lost their reputation, they lost a lot of money, they’re making bad product. I’m not going to say they won.”

Union leaders say they will meet with members before deciding what to do next.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/02/business

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