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Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers reject offer for 4th time

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region Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

FARGO - Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers rejected the company's contract offer for the fourth time Saturday.

Fifty-five percent of union workers voted to reject the contract, down from the 63 percent that voted to reject the same offer earlier this summer.

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In a press release, John Riskey, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 176, placed the blame for the continued 16-month lockout on the company's management, and called for a return to contract negotiations.

"By now it should be clear that Dave Berg and Crystal Sugar's management team has no interest in ending a fiscally irresponsible lockout," Riskey said. "It's time for share-holders to reclaim their company and send management back to the table for real give-and-take negotiations."

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