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Published March 13, 2013, 04:52 PM

Locked out employees may lose unemployment benefits

(WDAY TV) -- An amendment to a North Dakota job service bill would make locked out employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- An amendment to a North Dakota job service bill would make locked out employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

The amendment would deny benefits based on a labor dispute, strike, or lockout. It would not impact the 400 locked out American Crystal sugar workers who are eligible for a total up to 4 million dollars after a Supreme Court ruling last month.

But now American Crystal Sugar is asking the court to reconsider the decision in a rehearing.

John Riskey, Local BCTGM Union Representative, says, "hopefully the legislators would look at the matter as unemployment benefits is something that the workers paid into and benefited because they were locked out. They wanted to work. They still want to work."

No word on when the Supreme Court may decide if it wants to schedule a re-hearing.

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