Crystal Sugar to begin pre-pile Sept. 6
No change in labor talks
The American Crystal Sugar Company announced that pre-pile harvest operations are scheduled to begin Sept. 6, which is later than normal due to the late spring planting.
The current crop projections range from 20 to 22 tons per acre, which would be the lowest in the past five years, according to published reports. Regular harvest operations are expected to being as usual on Oct. 1.
As the union lockout nears its 25th day no talks have been scheduled between the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and the American Crystal Sugar Co.
The union represents 1,300 workers who voted down the final contract proposal by the company. Ninety-six percent of the workers voted the contract down.
The union represents workers in the company’s five plants located in Drayton and Hillsboro and East Grand Forks, Crookston and Moorhead, Minn., and two other sites in Minnesota and Iowa.
The union contract expired July 31. As of Aug. 1, the company locked out the union and has refused to open negotiations, but has left the final offer on the table minus the $2,000 signing bonus, which the union flatly rejected.