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      Roquette and 48G Union update

      UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 3:00 p.m.

      The following is a copy of the statement Roquette issued to KHQA on Dec. 1, 2010:

      "Roquette TMs approach coming into these contract negotiations has been to focus on preparing for the future and the company TMs long-term business sustainability.

      Over the last 2 days of negotiations, the Company once again listed and explained each of the important issues that the union needs to address in order to reach a new contract.

      Rather than merely making piecemeal responses, the union now needs to substantively address the outstanding key issues to bring this matter to closure.

      Roquette America still maintains our position that we need a signed contract for union employees to return to work. The union has the option to ratify the proposal at any time."


      The union representing the locked out workers of Roquette America says it's upset with the bargaining process.

      In a news release, it claims Roquette took away some proposals that had already been agreed upon.

      The release says the company did so because it's upset with recent news reports.

      A spokesperson from Roquette has told KHQA it will not comment any further to the news media during the negotiating process.