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Published April 17, 2013, 07:04 PM

North Dakota Legislature: Bill affecting locked-out workers goes to governor

Future locked-out workers won’t be able to receive unemployment benefits if Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs a bill passed Wednesday.

BISMARCK -- Future locked-out workers won’t be able to receive unemployment benefits if Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs a bill passed Wednesday.

House lawmakers agreed to the Senate changes to House Bill 1112, which adds a lockout to a list of labor disputes that do not qualify for unemployment benefits.

The term was added by the Senate to clarify the current law after the state Supreme Court issued a 3-2 decision in February to grant American Crystal Sugar Co. workers unemployment benefits after they were locked out for nearly two years due to a contract dispute.

If the bill is signed, it will not be retroactive and affect the sugar workers benefits.

The bill passed with a 62-30 vote.

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