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Published June 04, 2012, 10:02 AM

Fargo grocery warehouse workers settle contract

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It may go down as one of the shortest strikes in Fargo-Moorhead history. SuperValu workers went on the picket line early today on the city's north side where the company has a distribution center. Workers took a mid-morning vote that brought the picket signs down hours after they went up.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It may go down as one of the shortest strikes in Fargo-Moorhead history. SuperValu workers went on the picket line early today on the city's north side where the company has a distribution center. Workers took a mid-morning vote that brought the picket signs down hours after they went up.

For anyone trying to get to the SuperValu warehouse today, Teamsters Union 120 was not bashful about letting them know that a strike was underway. Even SuperValu truck drivers honored the picket line and refused to carry loads of food to the warehouse.

At the same time, striking workers for SuperValu in Fargo were voting at the Teamsters Hall. Just hours after the strike started it ended; a contract reached.

Brian Nowak – Teamster Local 120: “When it comes right down to it, it has be something that both sides can agree to and that both can live with. We achieved that here today, and now everyone will go back to work and on with life.”

All the SuperValu workers in our area have been witness to labor disputes locally that can stretch into months. This strike started at breakfast and was over before lunch.

PJ Walker – Teamster Local 120: “John Q Public is still in support of the middle worker America.”

Area grocers are relieved a settlement was reached so quickly. The Super Valu in north Fargo acts as a distribution center for dozens of stores around the region, including Hornbacher's. Because of the short strike, there was no interruption of deliveries to the local grocery stores.

Matt Leiseth – Hornbacher’s: “Two or three semi-trucks a day come to the store every day and to keep replenish the store and keep things fresh and we rely on that distribution center to make sure that happens. >

SuperValu has 135,000 workers.

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