Dayton Urges Resolution To Sugar Strike 25 Nov 11

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is urging the American Crystal Sugar Company and its locked-out factory workers to get back to the bargaining table. Dayton says that the lockout that has dragged on for four months has devastated families and hurt the region’s economy. The lockout of 1,300 workers began August 1st when the company and the union couldn’t come to agreement on a new contract. American Crystal has been using replacement workers at its processing plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. It isn’t the first time Dayton has waded into the dispute. In July, he met with Crystal executives and union leaders and urged a resolution before the contract expired on August 1st, but with no results.