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Published January 11, 2012, 03:33 PM

Union officially requests renewed negotiations with Crystal Sugar

(WDAY TV) -- For the first time in more than 2 months American Crystal Sugar Company Officials and Union leaders were back at the negotiating table today. But, we are learning an informal meeting between American Crystal Sugar and union leaders has led to no deal being made.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- For the first time in more than 2 months American Crystal Sugar Company Officials and Union leaders were back at the negotiating table today. But, we are learning an informal meeting between American Crystal Sugar and union leaders has led to no deal being made.

The union put in an official request to a federal mediator for renewed negotiations. The parties hadn't met since October, until today..

Linda Hunter (Locked out worker) – “Hopeful they can get something going this time.”

But after nearly half a year without work, Linda Hunter's high hopes are just that. Hopes..

Linda – “It's like they want to dangle a little carrot out thinking that we're all going to just take it and accept it and come back.”

The Fargo woman is one of 13 hundred locked out workers, no closer to going back to work. After another meeting ends in another deadlock..

Mitchel Larson (Locked Out Worker) - I'm tired of it. (cut) It's just unreal.

American Crystal Sugar is still offering its final offer. It'd pay health insurance premiums for 14 months and guarantee no employee or position be eliminated because of sub-contracting.

But workers worry about the wording in the contract, surrounding job security.

Mike Pinkney (Locked out worker) – “They determine if you're going to be your own employee.”

Union leaders call the lockout destructive. They say they are willing to stay at the bargaining table as long as it takes to reach a fair deal.

Mike – “We need to get back to the table, get things settled and straightened out so we can get back to work.”

Company leaders tell us no request for future meetings has been made. They were not available for an on camera interview.

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