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Published September 06, 2011, 05:14 PM

American Crystal Begins Pre-pile Without Union Workers

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - American Crystal Sugar Company started pre-piling sugar beets throughout the Red River Valley without its union workers on Tuesday.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - American Crystal Sugar Company started pre-piling sugar beets throughout the Red River Valley without its union workers on Tuesday.

The company locked out its union workforce on August 1, after the sides failed to come to an agreement on a new contract.

The harvest will begin with replacement workers at five sugar processing plants.

Company spokesman Jeff Schweitzer said plans call for factory operations to begin on Thursday, with the plants running 24 hours a day until the campaign is over.

No further talks have been scheduled.

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