November 13, 2017
At 8:30AM on a Sunday morning, a large group of new Teamsters who drive fuel trucks for APP gathered at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall to discuss the status of their first contract negotiations. The update was unfortunately not a positive one: negotiations remain stalled over several critical issues that are core parts of Teamster contracts.
Once the meeting concluded, the group then got to work making picket signs for a potential strike against their employer — a very real possibility after the group voted unanimously to authorize a strike on October 1, 2017 and then reaffirmed that with their actions yesterday in preparing picket signs. A strike by the group of 90 APP drivers would wreak havoc on the local economy, as these drivers deliver approximately 30% of the fuel to our geographic area, including to many employers of Local 174 members. Without regular fuel deliveries, many of these companies’ operations would be paralyzed.