Union workers for the American Crystal Sugar plant probably didn’t envision their strike going on for nine months, but many feel that although the talks have continually broken down, they are united in their cause. The employment dispute is one that does not have an end in sight.
The impasse between American Crystal and the approximately 1,300 union workers stems from an offer made to the workers in July that the company believes is fair. The contract would increase pay by 17 percent over the 5-year contract period, increase pension, leave and vacation benefits. The union feels that there are provisions in the contract that are detrimental to seniority and job security — the main sticking point for the workers.