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Published December 01, 2012, 09:52 PM

American Crystal Sugar workers reject contract for a fourth time

(WDAY TV) -- Locked out American Crystal Sugar workers will not be headed back to work.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- Locked out American Crystal Sugar workers will not be headed back to work.

For the 4th time locked out workers reject the company's contract offer. 55-percent of union workers voted "no." That's down from 63-percent who rejected the same offer this summer.

The Union president put the blame on the company's management, and called for a return to contract negotiations.

John Riskey, local BCTGM Union Representative, says, "Hopefully we can get this settled so we can continue on, get Crystal Sugar back to the number one sugar producer it was when the union members were in there, let's stop the hurt on the community."

Here's the statement released by Crystal Sugar.

"It's a solid and generous package, similar to what we are offering our current employees, and we're finding the pay and benefits included in it are attracting high quality area workers who are now creating a productive and successful new workforce for our Company."

The lockout has gone on for 16 months. It started with 13-hundred locked out workers, the company reports 500 of those workers have since retired, resigned or moved on.

As far as the voting turnout, the union will only tell us numbers have stayed consistent throughout the votes.

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