Aaugust 31, 2015
By Tara Jessup
Lake Success, N.Y. – Drivers, plant operators and fillers at the Airgas facility in Islandia, N.Y., have voted to join Teamsters Local 282. The successful effort was the culmination of hard work by the organizing committee and business agent Mike Bourgal.
"These workers recognized the only path to dignity, respect and security on the job was to join the 40 other bargaining units represented by the Teamsters at Airgas facilities," Bourgal said.
Contract negotiations will begin as soon as the vote is certified.
"Nationwide, this company has recently changed their attitude toward their hardworking, loyal workforce and this vote is an example of what happens when employers disrespect their employees," said Keith Gleason, Director of the Teamsters Tankhaul Division.
Airgas Inc., headquartered in Radnor, Pa., is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, employing more than 16,000 workers.