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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Airgas Teamsters Begin Strike in Rhode Island Over Health Care, Retirement

    (EAST GREENWICH, R.I.) – Truck drivers and gas cylinder fillers who are members of Teamsters Local 251 went on strike yesterday morning against Airgas USA, following Airgas' refusal to consider the workers’ proposals for affordable healthcare and secure retirement during contract negotiations.

    The workers supply gas to many Rhode Island entities including: Rhode Island Hospital; Roger Williams Medical Center; Memorial Hospital, Miriam Hospital; Newport Hospital; the Veterans Administration facilities in Providence and Bristol; the Air National Guard; Naval Base Newport; Raytheon; Fuji Film; and Electric Boat.

    Airgas and its subsidiaries are America’s largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases. Airgas’ parent corporation Air Liquide [EPA: AI], based in France, is the world’s largest distributor of such gases and is a Forbes Global 2000 company.

    The workers organized their union with Local 251 in 2012 and are bargaining for a new contract. Their first contract with Airgas expired in April of this year.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/06/ai...are-retirement

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    Default Re: Airgas Teamsters Begin Strike in Rhode Island Over Health Care, Retirement

    New England Teamsters Strike Airgas
    Members of Teamsters Local 251 are on strike against Airgas USA, following the company’s refusal to consider workers’ proposals for Teamster healthcare and pensions.

    Airgas and its subsidiaries are America’s largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases.

    Airgas’ parent corporation Air Liquide, based in France, is the world’s largest distributor of such gases. The company made $2 billion in profit last year.

    New England Teamsters are showing regional solidarity.

    Airgas Teamsters are respecting picket lines like this driver from Waterford, Conn.
    New England Teamsters Strike Airgas - Teamsters for a Democratic Union

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    Default Re: Airgas Teamsters Begin Strike in Rhode Island Over Health Care, Retirement

    Union Warns Against Driverless Trucks Hauling Hazardous Material

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    (EAST GREENWICH, R.I.) – Hazardous material drivers and gas cylinder fillers who work at Airgas here have been negotiating a new contract since the current agreement expired in February. After continued bargaining and several contract extensions, the workers went on strike May 31.

    The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 251, are concerned about their families’ health care and a secure retirement. Additionally, Airgas’ proposed contract language would allow the company to operate driverless trucks transporting dangerous materials through our communities and on America’s highways.

    “Airgas has been demanding contract language nationally that would allow the company to operate driverless vehicles. They have failed to take into consideration the potential dangers of the cargo or the fact that it could jeopardize the safety of the public if an accident were to occur,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 10 New England.

    “Teamsters are the safest and most experienced drivers in the country,” he added. “We want to alert the public of the risks that corporations like Airgas are willing to take at the expense of working people.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/06/un...rdous-material

 

 

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