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Workers at Fargo company go on strike over COVID-19 concerns

November 18, 2020 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — About 70 drivers and warehouse workers at a Fargo food distributor have gone on strike because they don’t believe the company is doing enough to protect them from exposure to COVID-19.

Members of Teamsters Local 120 walked a picket line Wednesday at Cash-Wa Distributing, formerly Food Services of America, KFGO radio reported.

Teamsters spokesman Brian Nowak says people coming into the plant aren’t being temperature-screened and workers haven’t been properly trained on how to clean equipment.

“We want them to advise our employees, give them proper instruction on how to handle this COVID virus” Nowak said. “We don’t want this stuff going into restaurants and other facilities. We know that North Dakota is a hot spot right now, and it’s only going to get worse.”

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Employees have been working under a collective bargaining agreement that expired in August, Nowak said. He sayid the union hopes the company will return to the bargaining table and “negotiate a fair contract.”

Company officials declined to comment.