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Published August 30, 2012, 07:08 PM

Locked Out Sugar Workers Make "Ready-for-Work" Plan

Locked out sugar workers are hashing out a "ready-for-work" plan for if and when they return to work. Union leaders seem to think things are looking up Even though the two sides traded proposals in an August 20th meeting without reaching an agreement.

Locked out sugar workers are hashing out a "ready-for-work" plan for if and when they return to work. Union leaders seem to think things are looking up Even though the two sides traded proposals in an August 20th meeting without reaching an agreement.

BCTGM President John Riskey says the union's plan is to have workers “readily available” to head back to factories when this lockout ends. But the company issued a statement last week saying preparing a 'return to work’ plan before the contract was finalized "seemed to be backwards." President Riskey spoke out at a press conference yesterday where he briefly touched on the "ready-to-work" plan and today he says the union is feeling more confident than ever and experience is working for them.

Riskey: "Crystal sugar can't squander away all that experience and then have these workers that they have in there now that don't have the experience to run these factories."

Riskey also added the AFL-CIO is extremely impressed with how strong the union still is after 13 months of being locked out of their jobs.

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