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Workers at Fargo warehouse suspend strike

Teamsters and workers of Cash-WA Distributing in Fargo go on strike Wednesday, Nov. 18 citing unsafe conditions.jpg
Teamsters and workers of Cash-Wa Distributing in Fargo go on strike Wednesday, Nov. 18, citing unsafe conditions. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

FARGO — About 70 employees of a Fargo food distribution business that went on strike Nov. 18 have suspended the strike and returned to work.

The suspension of the strike is temporary as members of Teamsters Local 120 continue their efforts to work out terms of a new contract with Cash-Wa Distributing, which has a facility at 4101 15th Ave. N., in Fargo.

"The employees have agreed to go back to work, temporarily, in hopes we can reach a settlement here in the near future," said Brian Nowak, a spokesman for the union.

When the strike began, Nowak said the step was being taken because union workers felt the company was being lax when it came to COVID-19 precautions and because the union was looking to bring the company back to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract.

Union members have been working under the terms of the old contract since it expired at the end of August.


Nowak said on Monday, Nov. 30, that the picket line came down shortly after it went up because the union decided to take a different approach to achieve its goals.

Cash-Wa in Fargo is part of a multi-state network serving locations across the region, including restaurants, hospitals, convenience stores and schools. The company has distribution centers in Fargo, Aberdeen, S.D., and Kearney, Neb., and a presence in 11 states across the Great Plains, according to its website.

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