The labor movement will escalate the campaign to push for an end to American Crystal Sugar's year-long lockout of 1,300 workers.
A total of 82 percent of union members voted on the demands. Of those, 63 percent voted to reject Crystal's contract offer.
The 42 Teamsters who work as art handlers for the famed Sotheby's auction house in Manhattan overwhelmingly ratified a new 3-year contract with the firm on May 31, ending the company's 10-month lockout.
On their Journey for Justice, workers locked out by American Crystal Sugar, joined by locked-out workers from Cooper Tire, delivered a message to a bank in Chaska, Minn.
Hundreds of locked-out workers and community supporters tried to serve a petition on American Crystal Sugar's CEO, Dave Berg.
An hour after the locked out workers gathered in the Labor Temple here, several of them called the PW to talk about their "journey."
The union's action came after the latest federal mediation session ended with American Crystal Sugar continuing to insist on its July 28, 2011 contract offer-which union members voted down 90-10 percent.
"Corporate greed at Cooper Tire is flat out wrong!" That was the message brought by pickets protesting the lockout of 1051 workers by Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. at its plant in Findlay, Ohio.
As American Crystal Sugar's lockout of its workers passed the 4-month mark, workers challenged the lockout at the firm's annual meeting.