A union leader representing locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers said 420 of them are eligible for unemployment benefits, made possible by a North Dakota Supreme Court decision Tuesday, and he is asking the state tell them soon when payments will come.
Lockout. It’s a word we’re all too familiar with in Minnesota. First, let’s be clear what a lockout is: It’s the opposite of a strike. The employer withholds work in order to gain concessions from workers.
American Crystal Sugar management is expecting locked-out union workers to vote again on a labor contract in a little more than a week. In the past thre votes, including the one that led to the workers' lockout Aug. 1, union members have voted overwhelmingly against the contract.
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.
Voters in Adams, N.D., and Park River, N.D., decided Tuesday to combine their school districts. In another school vote Tuesday, Drayton (N.D.) School District voters approved a $3.15 million bond issue by the narrowest of margins.
The Drayton (N.D.) School District is asking voters to approve a $3.15 million bond issue on Oct. 9. The money is needed for a new roof and several other physical improvements to the elementary-high school building, according to Superintendent Hy Schlieve.
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