Crystal Sugar and locked-out workers meet again in talks

The two sides in the 10-month-old Crystal Sugar lockout are meeting again Friday in Moorhead.

This will be the fourth time they’ve met with a federal mediator. About 1,300 workers have been idled by the labor dispute. Replacement workers have filled many of the positions.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the company is sticking with its current offer, which has been rejected twice by workers, while the union plans to present a counter-offer.

Many of the locked-out workers are reaching the end of their unemployment benefits, which could put pressure on the union’s negotiating position.

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