Union Rallies Against American Crystal Sugar Lockout

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of union workers and other supporters turned out for a rally Thursday to support American Crystal Sugar employees locked out of the company’s Moorhead plant.

The rally began near the company’s Moorhead headquarters, where workers carried banners and signs and chanted slogans such as, “What’s disgusting? Union busting.”

The group then marched to a bridge over the Red River separating Minnesota and North Dakota.

It is the 11th day of the lockout. The union represents about 1,300 workers at five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.

American Crystal Sugar vice president Brian Ingulsrud says the company would have liked the workers to have been on the job Thursday. He says no further talks are scheduled.

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