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Published March 15, 2012, 07:25 PM

Bill Seeks to Prohibit Minnesota from Buying Crystal Sugar Until Lockout Over

ST. PAUL - Ten Democratic-Farmer-Laborite House members introduced a bill to forbid the state from buying Crystal Sugar products until the firm ends its lockout.

By: Don Davis, Forum Communications

ST. PAUL - Ten Democratic-Farmer-Laborite House members introduced a bill to forbid the state from buying Crystal Sugar products until the firm ends its lockout.

The bill was introduced just before Friday’s deadline for a bill to pass its first committee, so it has little chance of being heard in a committee. Its prime sponsor is Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul.

Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. has locked out more than 1,300 workers since Aug. 1 in a labor dispute.

The bill reads: “The state of Minnesota and its departments and agencies shall not purchase products from Crystal Sugar or its subsidiaries until Crystal Sugar or its subsidiaries ceases all alleged unfair labor practices, whether past or present, that are prohibited by the National Labor Relations Act and rescinds the lockout of the workers with the purpose of resuming negotiations resulting in a collective bargaining agreement.”

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