In a 3-2 decision, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled yesterday that locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers are owed unemployment benefits. Total benefits owed to workers may be $4 million dollars, but some fear the state legislature may act to block the payments.
Over 1200 workers have been locked out by Crystal Sugar management since August 1, 2011.
This judgement, if the North Dakota legislature (which is currently in session) doesn’t immediately try to block it with a bogus law (and considering that vote-suppression-eager Republicans just pulled the “hog house” stunt in order to smuggle a voter ID law under the radar and without the public’s being allowed to see it, that can’t be ruled out), means that these workers’ lives just got a little better. Keep your fingers crossed!