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City Council member Heidi Durand of Moorhead tells a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, that an American Crystal Sugar lockout has divided communities and families. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Crystal union supporters join anti-lockout bill debate

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ST. PAUL -- A lockout of 1,300 workers in the Red River Valley has become evidence for Minnesota Legislature Democrats as they draw up bills to restrict the management practice.

Becki Jacobson of Moorhead, locked out in 2011 after 30 years at Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co., said she likes the idea of forcing businesses that establish lockouts to pay workers' unemployment insurance claims. "They are the ones who put me out of a job."

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