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Day 3 of Teamsters Strike: Safety Concerns with Winter Storm Ahead

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 17, 2020 09:09 PM

With all the snow expected to fall Friday night across the Northland, concern about plowing efforts is even more of worry for many as the St. Louis County plow drivers continue their strike.

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That's why the county and plow drivers say people should take the steps they need to be safe and get plowed.

Friday marked day three of the Teamsters strike and with a big winter storm on its way, public safety is on everyone's mind.

"It's stressful knowing that all that snow is coming and the wind and the cold weather. The roads are going to be very difficult to travel," said Brian Aldes, the Teamsters Local 320 secretary.

The Teamsters say the county's contingency plan doesn't replace the 170 workers who are usually on the roads.

"We think it's going to be a huge impact and we just encourage people to be safe, stay home if you have to," said Aldes.

Although they have a limited crew, the county said they'll get to all of their four maintenance districts.

"Within each of the maintenance districts we prioritize the roads so plowing is happening countywide," said Dana Kazel, the communications manager for St. Louis County.

However, it'll be different for residents who live on private driveways or have road associations with the county. Mitch and Stacy Lacorsiere are in that boat, and are worried.

"There's emergency vehicles and people that have special needs to get around and get to work and to the hospital so it's really important that we take care of each other in the community," said Stacy.

They said neighbors are rallying to help one another. Some have equipment and plows and volunteered to help clear the roads. That's along the lines of what the county suggested in a letter notifying certain groups they won't be able to plow for them throughout the strike.

"You're going to need to make alternate arrangements so it's unfortunate but that's the reality, we have to focus on the public roads," said Kazel.

In the letter the county suggested residents seek an alternative provider for the duration of the strike.

"If this drags on for a long amount of time and we start getting continual snowstorms, we don't have the big equipment to push these banks back like the big equipment the county has, so hopefully this strike doesn't last too long," said Mitch.

Since it's unknown how much longer this strike will last, it's important for folks to take necessary measures to be safe and help one another out.

To learn more about the strike, click here.

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