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Published September 17, 2011, 04:09 PM

Locked Out American Crystal Workers Take to Football Stadiums

(AP) — Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar say they'll distribute leaflets outside weekend football games to get out the union's message.

By: Associated Press,

 


(AP) — Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar say they'll distribute leaflets outside weekend football games to get out the union's message.

Union President Mark Froemke tells KFGO radio (http://bit.ly/qMhd9y) that members will be outside the Minnesota Gophers game on Saturday and the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday. The leaflets tell people how to get more information using a smart phone or computer.

About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract. The company has begun cutting beets at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa with replacement workers.

American Crystal Sugar had offered a 17 percent pay increase over five years during negotiations, but workers were upset about provisions covering job security and health care costs.

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