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Employees of JR Simplot Company take to the streets outside the company factory along Gateway Drive on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in protest of recent decreases in insurance, specifically medical, and an increase in number of hours they are expected to work consecutively in a day. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks potato processing plant employees vote to strike after Simplot union rejects contract offer

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GRAND FORKS - After a day-long union meeting, employees of J.R. Simplot went on strike, picketing outside the potato processing plant in Grand Forks at about 6 p.m. Monday.

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The strike came shortly after an employee vote to reject the company’s contract offer, which included longer shifts and altered benefits, union officials said. The vote was 108 to 37.

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