Joe Talley, chief operating officer at American Crystal Sugar Co. and a central figure in the negotiations surrounding a company lockout of union workers, has resigned his position at the company effective Jan. 17.
FARGO, N.D. – Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.
With 82 percent of Bakery Workers union members voting, 63 percent voted against the contract. The labor dispute has been ongoing since July 31 when members first voted on the contract. Since then, about 1,300 workers have been locked out and management has hired temporary replacement workers.
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