Now we need your help to convince the Company to do the right thing
July 7, 2017
Teamsters at AmeriGas have been in negotiations for a first contract since December 2016, after voting in September of 2016 to join Teamsters Local 174. These workers deliver bulk fuel and fuel products, and also work as service technicians and utility yardmen – dangerous jobs requiring an enormous amount of training and skill to perform safely.
They deliver these extremely flammable products to both residential and commercial locations in all weather conditions, and must maintain a Commercial Driver’s License with HAZMAT endorsement – no small feat given the rigorous requirements for maintaining this endorsement.
Despite this, AmeriGas management does not seem interested in recognizing the skill, training, and experience that sets their employees apart. They continue to resist making any upgrades to their employees’ pay, pension, or health insurance to reach industry standards, and so the struggle for a first contract drags on.
This struggle heated up on March 1, 2017, when the workers voted unanimously to authorize a strike action against their employer. Frustrated by AmeriGas’s refusal to make any compromises at the bargaining table – an obvious ploy to drag out the process until the employees lost faith in their Union – the workers stood together and told AmeriGas that enough was enough.