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Published May 31, 2012, 10:14 AM

Locked-out sugar workers plan 200-mile trip

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers plan to travel 200 miles by foot and hay wagon to draw attention to their plight.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers plan to travel 200 miles by foot and hay wagon to draw attention to their plight.

The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/M7se7L) that the caravan is departing Thursday from the northeastern North Dakota city of Drayton and is to arrive June 6 at the company's headquarters in Moorhead, Minn., which neighbors the southeastern North Dakota city of Fargo.

Union representatives and company officials are scheduled for talks on June 8.

The contract dispute has lingered for 10 months, since the company last Aug. 1 locked out about 1,300 union workers at plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The two sides have not met since February. Crystal is using replacement workers at its sugar beet processing plants.

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Information from: Grand Forks Herald, http://www.grandforksherald.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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