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Published October 16, 2011, 10:19 PM

Crystal Sugar employees urged to look closer at contract

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hoping to end the contract stalemate, an American Crystal Sugar employee has written a letter urging union members to take a closer look at that contract. The locked-out worker says they need to end the 10-week impasse.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY, WDAZ

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hoping to end the contract stalemate, an American Crystal Sugar employee has written a letter urging union members to take a closer look at that contract. The locked-out worker says they need to end the 10-week impasse.

American Crystal Sugar Worker Scott Wollin says the contract his company is offering is actually a good deal. He says many union members are now asking questions about what's in it.

Scott Wollin / American Crystal Worker: Which told me a lot of people voted without knowing what they were voting on.

The company posted a letter on its website written by Wollin saying workers may have to pay more for health care, but job security concerns are resolved.

Wolin : Does it make sense to go out and get a job where you make half of what you make here? And still not a lot of healthcare or does it make sense to accept a good proposal.

Wollin, who is not a union member, is locked out and will get the same contract as union members.

He sees this dispute as a power issue with top union leaders.

Wollin: This is not about negotiating anymore it's about seeing who can hold out the longest. The union doesn't, I don't know if know if the union ever intended to accept any kind of contract that come across the table by August 1st.

Some members who have read the letter say Wollin only has a few years left before retiring and therefore doesn't have as much to lose.

Scott Ripplinger / Union Member: I think if anybody looks at it again. They are going to see what they saw the first time. That it's a bad contract.

Ripplinger says they have not been brainwashed union leaders.

Ripplinger: We are no a bunch of idiots we know how to read. We read what the contract was. We were not told by our union leadership.

Contract talks are scheduled to resume October 24th. Wollin says if the lockout goes until November, he'll have lost 20 thousand dollars in wages.

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