Proposed unemployment benefits expansion might not help American Crystal union

A Portland, N.D., Democrat has introduced a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to workers locked out of their jobs, but is not sure if American Crystal Sugar workers would qualify.

“I just see it as a situation that doesn’t seem quite right to me,” said Sen. Phil Murphy on his proposal to add an exemption for anyone who “has been locked out by that individual’s employer and prevented from working” to the section of state law disqualifying striking workers from unemployment benefits.

Murphy said he did not know if employees from American Crystal’s North Dakota factories would qualify for payments since the lock-out is 17 months old.

“That would be up to Job Service (North Dakota),” he said.

Grand Forks Herald