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Twin Cities union rally targets American Crystal Sugar's replacement worker provider

MINNETONKA, Minn. - Twin Cities union members are rallying this morning in front of a firm providing replacement staff for locked out American Crystal Sugar workers.

About 1,300 Crystal Sugar union workers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa were locked out Aug. 1 after contract talks broke down between the company and union.

Crystal Sugar hired Minnetonka-based Strom Engineering to provide laborers during the lockout.

In a news release, the union describes Strom Engineering as a firm that specializes in "hostile actions" against union workers, to provide replacement workers and other consulting services.

Crystal Sugar union workers, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' Union, continue to call on the company to end the lockout and come back to the negotiating table.

Union members from the Twin Cities began their rally at 8 this morning in a show of solidarity.

The article is from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, like the Herald a Forum Communications Co. newspaper.