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AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR LOCKOUT: Union requests meeting with growers

by News on October 3, 2011

in State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

By Ryan Schuster/

Local union officials representing the 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have mailed letters to growers of the sugar beet cooperative requesting to meet as full-scale, around-the-clock harvest is set to begin today.

“We want to try to sit down and talk in a very friendly manner with the growers,” union spokesman Mark Froemke said. “We would like to get to a point where we can put this difference of opinion aside and get back to work so the farmers can get back to what they do and still get a good beet payment.”

Local growers have for the most part declined to talk to news media throughout the lockout, which hits the two-month mark today. The company has met with growers to update them.

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