Sugar Workers Schedule Talks 14 Oct 11

Negotiations between American Crystal Sugar and its union workers are scheduled to resume later this month. A federal mediation service announced today (FRI) that talks have been scheduled for October 24th. The time and place was not disclosed. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out since August 1st at five sugar processing plants. American Crystal’s last offer was a 17% pay increase over five years, but workers rejected it over job security provisions, health care costs and language in the contract they say will hurt workers in future years. It would be the second time the two sides have met since the impasse.