MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is offering his time and influence to help American Crystal Sugar Co. and its approximately 1,300 locked-out workers reach a new contract deal.

Dayton said after meeting with both sides Saturday he’s willing to stay involved until the four-month-old dispute is resolved. He says he brings negotiating experience gained during the state government shutdown.

Union members embraced the governor’s proposal. American Crystal says the company remains interested and willing to return to the bargaining table to resume serious negotiations.

No new talks are scheduled, but negotiators have been working off and on through a federal mediator.

While company has offered 17 percent pay increases over the next five years, the union has objected to proposed higher costs for health insurance.

The lockout began Aug. 1.

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Comments (15)
  1. sam i am says:

    Experience – is he a moron. Governor Dayton said that he didn’t read the final offer before the shut down and now he is an expert.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. American Crystal you might want to get a real negotiater.

  2. Sue J says:

    Lock them out, and keep them out!! Unions are just way out of touch with what we want!!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Do you work there, or are you just piping your opinion from left field on a subject which you have no knowledge on, Sue?

  3. mark says:

    this is a great example of the UNION defrauding it’s members and misleading them. The UNION chose to not disclose all facts to the members on benefits for good.its due them and the laws in ND. So sorry, too bad this is crazy and now a lot of workers are out and out for good. Oh well, nothing governor GOOFY can fix. LOSER

    1. B in MPLS says:

      The plant is in MN, not ND. How does ND law have anything to do with this…?

  4. Obv. says:

    Earth to you people, rising insurance costs are a staple everywhere, take the 17% raise, I feel bad for many here, most can’t have wanted to reject the last offer but the unions push for rejection everytime.

  5. Kev says:

    Toss the union, take the 17% and save the dues money for the increase in healthcare. Its your best deal.

  6. ipmutt says:

    Dayton, go away. If these guys want to work they can. If not, go back with them

    1. justice fleeting says:

      American Cyrstal Sugar, stand your ground. Not one more concession, not one more compromise.

  7. redneck purist says:

    Is Dayton bringing the same great negotiating skills he brought to the shutdown? They’re in trouble.

  8. Robert says:

    I think a 17% raise over 5 years is pretty good considering the state of our economy and all those folks looking for jobs. The union will be on the losing side with it’s members if it keeps the strike going much longer. Anyone remember the Hormel strike in Austin?

  9. HDMC says:

    union workers=weak ass lemmings
    union strong HA! so strong you need someone else to do your thinking and make decisions for you, AND YOU PAY FOR IT!
    and btw, this sugarplant union has got to be THE dumbest union ever created, right next to the local 786, bait shop owners union.
    or better yet, the illegal migrant workers union, local 812

  10. Mark says:

    This Union is pandering to Illegal Workers, they sold out the American workforce years ago. They just want to line their pockets with money.

  11. Bubba says:

    why so hatred for the unions, when the CEO are raking in profits in excess of 20% per year. and none of you squawk about that. I don’t know the details of the contract offered by Crystal, but if they rejected it, that’s their choice. Direct some of that anger toward management. Typical middle class busting middle class. Folks, middle class needs to unite, not fall apart and point fingers at each other.

  12. justice fleeting says:

    Dayton and unions on same page. What a surprises. More union demands to bring down our State and country even further.

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