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    Default Airgas Workers Join Teamsters Local 174

    (TUKWILA, Wash.)—Yesterday morning, 23 Airgas drivers in the Seattle area voted to become members of Teamsters Local 174. The group of drivers, who perform a wide variety of services including everything from delivering essential gases to hospitals to keeping soda fountains running with deliveries of liquid CO2, will join over 700 other Airgas employees across the country as members of the Teamsters Union.

    The election victory came after a very brief but vicious anti-union campaign by the company. Airgas brought in union-busting attorneys to hold regular anti-union meetings with the drivers, and to ride along with them throughout the day spewing anti-union rhetoric.

    “Despite the company’s best efforts to brainwash the employees against forming a union, these Airgas drivers voted in favor of themselves and their families,” said Local 174 Director of Organizing Meaza Ogbe, who organized the group. “They realized that if a company can afford to spend that kind of money on union-busters to fight the union, then they can certainly afford to pay their workers a better wage with a benefits package that will help support their families.”

    “The Teamsters have a strong density at Airgas in the East and Central parts of the country, but less so in the West,” said IBT Western Region Tankhaul Director and Local 174 Senior Business Agent David Jacobsen. “With this organizing victory, Local 174 is taking the lead on building strength at Airgas in the West.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/04/ai...ters-local-174

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    Default Re: Airgas Workers Join Teamsters Local 174

    Airgas Teamsters Begin Strikes In Four California Locations
    BURBANK, Calif. and LYNWOOD, Calif. and POMONA, Calif. and VENTURA, Calif., Oct. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Truck drivers, gas cylinder fillers, loaders and dispatchers who are members of Teamsters Local 848 went on strike this morning at four Airgas USA locations in California, due to the company's numerous violations of federal laws that protect workers' rights.

    The striking Airgas employees are members of Teamsters Local 848. They supply gas to many California facilities and businesses such as hospitals, nursing homes and local restaurants.
    As he walked the line yesterday morning, Airgas driver Mario Quintero said, "We work hard to help Airgas and Air Liquide earn huge revenues. Air Liquide earned $23 billion last year. Yet despite the work we do for Airgas, it continues to treat us abusively and with disrespect. Airgas fired employees for union activity and has harassed and intimidated many of us who chose to form a union so we could have dignity and a voice on the job. Treating workers this way is unconscionable and illegal."

    "The Teamsters Union does not condone abusive behavior by employers, and all of us at Teamsters Local 848 will back these members to ensure they are treated fairly and with respect," said Eric Tate, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 848 in Glendora, Calif. "Teamsters Local 848 filed multiple unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, and the Board is now taking the company to trial over its illegal actions."
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300934037.html
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