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Published October 28, 2011, 08:05 PM

Union Workers: Passage of New ACS Contract Unlikely

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Locked out American Crystal sugarworkers will vote Tuesday for the second time on an amended offer by the company.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Locked out American Crystal sugarworkers will vote Tuesday for the second time on an amended offer by the company.

Although there are mixed feelings among the workers, some are still unhappy with the offer.

In East Grand Forks, many workers seem to be unhappy with the new offer which could mean some cold winter months on the picket line.

It's been a long three months for locked out workers, and a new offer from American Crystal Sugar isn't sitting right with some of the workers.

"We've been out here for three months and they've changed two things in three months. If we didn't want to be out here for three months we would have accepted the first offer," union worker Richard Hill said.

The new offer includes revised language to guarantee no employee will be eliminated because of subcontracting.

It also delays the transition from the union's current health plan by a year. After that, workers would share the cost.

"The proposal they came back with, the amended proposal, it does change a couple things but really it's no different in a lot of opinions than it was in the beginning," union worker Jon Conn said.

Although many of the picketers in East Grand Forks say they will vote no, some understand that after a long three months without a job, why a locked-out worker would vote for the offer.

"I think that there'll be some that will probably vote yes to accept the contract and everyone has their own opinions on what they will do and what to accept and they're entitled to that," Conn said.

After working for the company for more than 30 years, both Hill and Conn want their jobs back, but are willing to picket as long as it takes to get a contract they want.

"Unemployment is what I've been up to, I've been looking for work. It's tough to look for work when you've been ata place so long," Hill said.

"General consensus from what I hear is that people aren't that excited about the new proposal and the vote doesn't look like it'll pass," Conn said.

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