MASON CITY, IA-Locked out American Crystal Sugar employees are going back to work.
The union has agreed to ratify the companies purposed contract.
Union workers in Mason City, North Dakota, and Minnesota have been locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar Company for 20 months.
Fifty-five percent voted to accept the contract offer today. It was the workers’ fifth time voting on the contract.
Nearly 1,300 employees were locked out on Aug. 1, 2011, after rejecting the cooperative’s proposed contract.
Company officials say many of those workers retired or resigned.
The union originally focused its complaints on contract provisions regarding seniority and job security. The company says it’s a good contract with substantial increases in wages and other benefits.
American Crystal is the country’s largest sugar beet processor.
Mason City locked out workers tell us they are just glad this is over.