American Crystal Sugar
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.
Replacement workers were on the job at seven American Crystal Sugar plants and some employees were picketing outside them Monday, after about 1,300 union members were locked out of facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
Union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s final offer for a new five-year contract.
The union at American Crystal Sugar Co. has filed a labor complaint accusing its employer of threatening workers with a lockout and failing to bargain in good faith on a new contract.
A boiler fire caused damage at the American Crystal Sugar beet processing plant in East Grand Forks but did not interrupt operations. No one was hurt.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says American Crystal Sugar Co. has paid a $50,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations at its East Grand Forks plant.
American Crystal Sugar Co. has told its farmer shareholders that this year’s sugar beet crop is projected to bring them average payments of $57 per ton.