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Published September 17, 2011, 01:46 PM

Locked Out Sugar Workers Take to Football Stadiums

Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar say they'll distribute leaflets outside weekend football games to get out the union's message.

FARGO — Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar say they'll distribute leaflets outside weekend football games to get out the union's message.

Union President Mark Froemke says that members will be outside the Minnesota Gophers game today and the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday. The leaflets tell people how to get more information using a smart phone or computer.

About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract. The company has begun cutting beets at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa with replacement workers.

American Crystal Sugar had offered a 17 percent pay increase over five years during negotiations, but workers were upset about provisions covering job security and health care costs.

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