Workers at North Dakota Company Go on Strike over COVID-19 Safety Concerns

About 70 drivers and warehouse workers at a Fargo, N.D., 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 on Nov. 18 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.”

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

Company officials declined to comment.