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Published October 10, 2011, 04:55 PM

Union: New Proposals to End American Crystal Labor Dispute Coming Soon

(WDAZ-TV) - The union representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar workers plans to bring new proposals to the company.

(WDAZ-TV) - The union representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar workers plans to bring new proposals to the company.

They've been locked out for more than 70 days.

Union spokesman Mark Froemke says the union plans to contact the federal mediator this week to request a negotiating session with company management.

Froemke says negotiators plan to bring new proposals to the table, but declined to go into specifics.

Brian Ingulsrud with American Crystal says the company would agree to meet with union representatives if it's requested.

"Last time they got called together was stalemate the way it sounded. I think if they sit down together and honestly work at this from both sides, we can come to an agreement that's good for both parties and get back to work," locked out worker Jay Sorum said.

The union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

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