WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-green01, ww color green

Business

Dayton Urges Crystal, Union To Resume Talks

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. This 62-Year-Old Minn. Woman Is A Sage For Anglers
  2. Duluth, Minneapolis Rank Among Top 10 Most Livable U.S. Cities
  3. Excitement Builds For First Day Of Minnesota State Fair
  4. WCCO At The Fair: Al Franken
  5. Pull Up An Invisible Chair

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out factory workers to get back to the bargaining table.

Dayton said in a statement posted on his website this week that the lockout that has dragged on for four months “has devastated families, communities, and the (Red River Valley) economy.”

The lockout of 1,300 workers began Aug. 1 when the company and the union could not come to agreement on a new contract. American Crystal has been using replacement workers at its sugar beet processing plants in eastern North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and Iowa.

Dayton’s statement is not the first time he has waded into the dispute. In July, he met with Crystal executives and union leaders and urged a resolution before the contract expired on Aug. 1.

A spokesman for North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, when asked for comment by the Grand Forks Herald following Dayton’s website post, said Dalrymple also hopes the two sides in the contract dispute will resume talks “because the dispute is hurting both sides.”

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,794 other followers