UPDATE: On Dec. 5, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton follows up on his promise during the American Crystal Sugar stakeholders meeting, to help facilitate contract negotiations and to remain present until a successful conclusion is reached.
On Dec. 4 in Moorhead, Minn., Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton met with an American Crystal Sugar Company executive and listened to locked out workers stories during a Saturday visit to Moorhead. More than 300 people packed the meeting that was held at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. See video below:
Dayton said he’s offered to help restart contract talks and stay involved until the dispute is resolved. “Realizing what it does take to come to a difficult resolution of very serious differences between two parties that have come not to trust one another,” Dayton said. “And that’s the situation today.”
The entire meeting was broadcast live by the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
Gov. Dayton noted that hearing the stories of the locked out union members makes him more determined to do everything he can to help end the situation.
“It’s very, very painful, and I feel that right in my own being and especially at this holiday season,” Dayton said. “So it’s about dealing with the reality of the situation but saying that we’re going to get through that. We’re going to break through the impasse and get things solved.”