Sugarbeet's Labor Contract: How Would You Vote?

Sugarbeet's Labor Contract: How Would You Vote?

American Crystal put a copy of its final offer, which labor union rejected, online.

You can see American Crystal Sugar Company's offer to its locked out workers online at www.acsccontracttalks.com.

About 97% of the union's 1200 workers rejected the offer Sunday. The offer included a 17% raise over five years.

The main points of disagreement center on the company's ability to subcontract work.

According to web site, American Crystal apparently proposed deleting the following paragraph from the existing contract …

1.6) Contracting Work: The Company agrees that, except in cases of emergencies, it shall give the bargaining committee at the plant at least 15 working days written notice prior to the time the contract is awarded of its intention to sub-contract. The notice shall set forth the scope of the work to be performed and reasons behind the Company's intention to sub-contract. Within 10 working days of receiving the notice, the union committee may request a meeting to discuss the proposed sub-contract and the Company shall then meet with the union committee to discuss the sub-contract prior to the work being awarded. In addition the parties have agreed to a letter of agreement on implementation.

… and replacing it with:

The Company shall have the right to subcontract work covered by this contract as follows:

(1) In situations where the Company does not own equipment to perform the work;

(2) In situations where the Company's bargaining unit employees do not have the present skills necessary to perform the work;

(3) In situations where the company does not have a sufficient number of bargaining unit employees currently working to perform the work; or

(4) In situations where the assignment of work out of the bargaining unit will not cause the layoff of any bargaining unit employee.

(b) The Company agrees that, except in cases of emergencies, it will give the bargaining unit committee at the plant at least 5 working days written notice prior to the time the contract is awarded of its intention to sub-contract. The notice will set forth the scope of the work to be performed and reasons behind the Company's intention to sub-contract.  Within 2 working days of receiving the notice, the union committee will meet with the Company to discuss the proposed sub-contract prior to the work being awarded.  In addition the parties have agreed that notice will be given in person to the union committee designated member as determined by the union in each location.  The union will at all times have a person designated for this purpose. Failure to deliver notice

will result in a restart of the contract awarding process. The term "working days" is defined for purposes of this section only as being Monday thru Friday.\

American Crystal has hired replacement workers to get ready its five factories in the Red River Valley ready for the harvest. Pre-pile and processing usually starts around Sept. 1. Full harvest typically begins Oct. 1.

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