RURAL REFLECTIONS The harvest in four acts
I am writing specifically about the sugar beet harvest today however
it could certainly pertain to any harvest.
Act I Common Courtesy
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DRAGON NEWS A Sweet Boost for the Fourth
If you added up the crowds that have gathered for MSU Moorhead's Fourth of July fireworks show, you'd have a very big number. Over the course of almost four decades, hundreds of thousands have viewed ... Posted on 10/27/10 at 11:32 AM
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers will vote again Saturday on a contract they have rejected four times before. After 96 percent of union members rejected the contract in 2011, the union members have voted down the contract in smaller numbers in each vote.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union workers will hold a fifth vote on the company’s last contract offer on April 13, according to Gayln Olson, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Local 372G in Hillsboro.
Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. has paid a $24,943 penalty and taken corrective actions to reduce air pollution from emissions at its East Grand Forks facility, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers have another chance to say yes or no to a contract Saturday but they are again facing a choice they rejected more than a year ago. A yes vote means a contract that is mostly unchanged from what they have already rejected and that could lessen their power as a union. A no vote means a continuation of the 16-month lockout and its financial hardships.
The locked-out workers of American Crystal Sugar will vote on the company’s contract offer Dec. 1, said a union official. The company earlier announced on its website that union members had met with management Nov. 15 and the company expected a contract vote. Riskey confirmed the statement Friday.
With 89 percent of its planted acres safely harvested and piled, American Crystal Sugar Co. on Thursday implemented a new “frost quota,” allowing at least a small percentage of frost-damaged beets in the far north to be brought in.
Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. Unions hope a national consumer boycott against Crystal Sugar will pressure the company to settle, but the beet farmers who own the American Crystal Sugar cooperative are not feeling that pressure.
Locked-out workers took their dispute with American Crystal Sugar Co. to a new level Monday, demonstrating outside businesses in Grand Forks and Fargo that sell the company’s products, urging the public to participate in a boycott.
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