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Published November 15, 2011, 09:54 AM

Another bid for jobless benefit for sugar workers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers are asking Job Service North Dakota to reconsider its refusal to pay unemployment benefits to American Crystal Sugar Co. employees.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers are asking Job Service North Dakota to reconsider its refusal to pay unemployment benefits to American Crystal Sugar Co. employees.

The union-represented workers have been locked out of their jobs since Aug. 1 after contract negotiations broke down.

Portland state Sen. Philip Murphy says Iowa has an unemployment law that's almost identical to North Dakota's.

In Iowa, the locked-out workers have gotten unemployment payments. The North Dakota workers have not.

Murphy is circulating a letter to state lawmakers asking Job Service to reconsider its decision.

Mayville state Rep. Lee Kaldor says the Crystal employees have been willing to work while negotiations continue.

Democratic lawmakers tried to raise the unemployment benefits issue during last week's special session of the North Dakota Legislature. They were not successful.

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