March 3, 2017
On March 1, 2017, AmeriGas Teamsters voted unanimously to authorize our Union to take a strike action if necessary. The workers, who deliver fuel and fuel products, have been in the process of negotiating a first contract since December 2016 after voting in September 2016 to join Teamsters Local 174. However, the Company’s offer falls short of our members’ expectations. The responsibilities that it takes to maintain a CDL with hazmat endorsement, and the skills needed to deliver these dangerous and flammable products to both commercial and residential locations, in all weather conditions, demand a certain level of compensation.
“All we want is fair treatment. We want our employer to follow the law and negotiate with us to get a contract that is acceptable to all of us,” said one AmeriGas employee.
In 2016, AmeriGas reported $2.3 billion in revenues and $422 million in operating profit across the United States.
Now that we have received the unanimous strike authorization vote, Teamsters Local 174 has reached out to the Company and secured additional dates to continue to negotiate. “We hope that we can come to a fair and equitable agreement with the Company to avoid a strike,” said Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “However, we are willing to do whatever it takes.”
Teamsters Local 174 represents approximately 8,000 hardworking men and women, including 50 in the Tankhaul Division. Visit our Tankhaul Division webpage at www.teamsters174.net/tankhaul.