The company forced a strike with a draconian contract offer that would slash wages, increase health care costs and demolish pensions. Workers rejected the offer by a vote of 504-116.
A total of 82 percent of union members voted on the demands. Of those, 63 percent voted to reject Crystal's contract offer.
Unabashed corporate greed, is how striking workers are describing Caterpillar's efforts to slash wages and benefits while eliminating pensions and seniority rights at their plant here.
This week a state senate panel in South Carolina approved a bill that would force unemployed workers to take drug tests in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.
Workers at American Crystal Sugar's seven plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa rejected, by a nine to one margin in a Nov. 1 vote, the company's latest demands.
Locked out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. are blaming fires at plants in Dayton, N.D., and in East Grand Forks, Minn., on untrained scabs hired to replace them.
Workers believe that American Crystal Sugar has locked out 1,300 employees at seven plants in three states in order to take advantage of the nationwide attacks on unions.
Workers are locked outside company gates as their union battles an employer they say is determined to slash health benefits and weaken job security.
When it comes to wages, health insurance and workplace retirement plans Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) enjoy major benefit advantages if they belong to unions, according to a new report.
As phones ring off the hook in the nation's capital with calls from workers angry about a Senate health reform bill that would tax their benefits there are signals coming from both the White House and the Congress that lawmakers are scrambling for a compromise.