I need to put sugar on the shopping list.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American
Crystal Sugar Co. workers on Saturday rejected a contract for the fourth
Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor's five-year contract
offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and
seniority protections. The company says the offer would raise worker pay
by 17 percent over five years when a $2,000 signing bonus is taken into
Leaders of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
International union said in a news release that the workers voted 55
percent to reject management's contract offer.
Company officials said in a statement Saturday after learning about the
workers' vote that the package is "solid and generous" and "similar to
what we are offering our current employees."
"We're finding the pay and benefits included in it are attracting high
quality area workers who are now creating a productive and successful
new workforce for our Company," the statement said. "The Company
continues to move forward and focus on running our business, processing
beets and delivering sugar to our customers."