Published On: Sat, Jun 23rd, 2012

Union Rejects American Crystal Sugar Company Contract Proposal for Third Time

The majority of locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. rejected the company’s contract proposal a third time Saturday, reported the Wall Street Journal Saturday.

According to Mark Froemke, 56, a representative from the American Federation of Labor, 63 percent of the union members who voted opted to reject the contract, reported the Journal.

“The workers’ voice was loud and clear… I hope it means that American Crystal Sugar and the union can sit down, negotiate and come to a reasonable conclusion to this 11-month walkout,” said Mr. Froemke. “We as workers needed to send a message that we will not be browbeaten into a substandard contract.”

Company chairman Robert Green, who owns a beet, wheat and navy bean farm in North Dakota, said the company will continue to move forward after Saturday’s vote.

Green said “We are quite happy with the new workforce, and they are learning the job. “We think they’ll do just fine,” he continued.

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