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Published April 13, 2013, 07:43 PM

Crystal workers approve contract

Locked-out American Crystal workers have voted to approve the contract proposed by management, the Bakery Workers union said today. The have been locked out since Aug. 1, 2011.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out American Crystal workers have voted to approve the contract proposed by management, the Bakery Workers union said today.

The contract passed with 55 percent of the vote. Workers have voted four other times to reject the contract, each time by narrower and narrower margins.

They have been locked out since Aug. 1, 2011, the day after the first vote. About 1,300 workers were affected initially, but management says that about half have since retired or found other work.

Crystal, based in Moorhead, has processing plants in East Grand Forks, Crookston, Moorhead, Hillsboro, N.D., and Drayton, N.D., and packing and transporation sites in Chaska, Minn., and Mason City, Iowa.

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