Locked-out American Crystal workers face choice 18 Jun 12

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Some locked out American Crystal Sugar Company workers are ready to take the deal, imperfect as it may be.

But others say they’d rather walk away than concede defeat with nothing to show for 10 months of hardship.

The Forum newspaper of Fargo-Moorhead reports there few easy answers for the 1,300 locked-out union workers, who vote Saturday on a contract they rejected overwhelmingly last November. Union leaders say it would take away too much job security, and that the wage increases would be offset by higher health insurance costs.

The terms haven’t changed, but some workers say the prospects for a better offer have dimmed.

The Moorhead, Minnesota-based sugar processing co-op did not respond the newspaper’s request for comment. Crystal managers have insisted for months that their last offer was final.