August 19, 2020
A possible strike by teamsters over a company’s coronavirus security protocols could affect dozens of Senior Living communities in Arizona. More than 200 warehouse employees and US Foods deliverers who are members of Teamsters Local 104 in Phoenix have voted “crushingly” for what they claim is the non-adherence of US Food to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
US Foods serves 28 Brookdale and Sunrise Communities, hospitals, healthcare facilities, schools, and restaurants all over the state of Arizona. The union maintains that US Foods has not followed public health recommendations to perform contact tracing for workers exposed to COVID-19, pre-screen employees for COVID-19 before entering the facility, and disinfect and clean workspaces.
“We want to give US Foods customers enough time to prepare for service disruptions if US Foods forces us to strike to stop the company from breaking federal labor laws and violating CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines” Teamsters Local 104 Vice President Josh Graves said. He also added that they are “encouraging current US Foods customers in Arizona to reach out to US Foods to request that the company reimburse customers for any losses they may suffer due to upcoming work stoppages and strikes at US Foods.”
Graves also disclosed that the union is making a deal with the company on a separate agreement that would require the company to implement rigorous safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect its workers. Some key points of the agreement being: Additional sick leave and giving warehouse workers extra time to complete their tasks.
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