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Lockout union members, supporters rally in Moorhead

MOORHEAD - Several hundred union workers and their supporters gathered at the Moorhead Center Mall about noon today for a rally intended to show support for union members locked out on Aug. 1 by American Crystal Sugar Co.

Standing up for lockout workers
Supporters of union workers locked out this month by American Crystal Sugar Co. and the workers' supporters gather Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in Moorhead. Photo by Dave Olson/The Forum

MOORHEAD - Several hundred union workers and their supporters gathered at the Moorhead Center Mall about noon today for a rally intended to show support for union members locked out on Aug. 1 by American Crystal Sugar Co.

From the mall, they marched down both sides of the Veterans Memorial Bridge between Moorhead and Fargo, chanting union slogan and carrying signs like one that stated: "Stop the war on workers!"

Today marks Day 11 of the lockout at American Crystal Sugar and no talks have been scheduled between management and the union, according to representatives for each.

The rally will conclude at Davy Park in Moorhead.

The union that represents about 1,300 union workers at American Crystal's five sugar processing plants and two other sites in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa voted down the company's last contract proposal July 30.

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The union contract expired July 31.

The company locked out union workers and some non-union workers in union-represented positions on Aug. 1 and has brought in replacement workers to run the plants.

American Crystal has sugar processing plants in East Grand Forks, Crookston and Moorhead in Minnesota and Drayton and Hillsboro in North Dakota.

The article was provided by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

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