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OLATHE, Kan. — Sysco drivers are on strike Thursday meaning  they’re not driving their normal routes, and that’s not good for area schools and hospitals.

Sysco is one  of the metro’s largest  food distributors.

According to Teamsters Local 41 they are on strike because management allegedly threatened reprisals for union activity. The union claims Sysco has violated workers’ rights.

According to a press release from Local 41, the company faces multiple federal investigations regarding unlawful termination, surveillance, threats and discrimination. In 2014, there were 40 drivers at this location  voted to join the union.

“We are looking for fairness and equality in the workplace,” driver representative Wade Black said. “We are looking for a voice in the workplace on the importance use safety some of those things they will address those are some of the main issues we’re looking for.”

Fox 4 reached out to Sysco, but we have not yet heard back.