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(credit: American Crystal Sugar Co.)

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaflets supporting locked-out American Crystal Sugar union workers are showing up between bags of the company’s sugar on supermarket shelves in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

The leaflets are drawing complaints from some customers. Hugo’s operations director Doug Driscoll tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/qeyAaZ ) the leaflets are being placed by union workers and not store employees, and that employees are discarding them when they’re found.

About 1,300 Crystal factory workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract. The company is processing sugar beets at plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa with replacement workers.

The leaflets urge people to support union workers and tell them how to get more information using a smart phone or a computer.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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