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Praxair Employees Join Teamsters Local 449

Truck drivers and plant workers at Praxair Distribution, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y., have voted to join Teamsters Local 449.

The 16-worker unit consists of seven truck drivers and nine plant workers. In December 2010, the employees contacted Local 449 about joining the Teamsters.

“We had a good feel over there for their determination to become Teamsters,” said Ken Nelligan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 449 in Buffalo, N.Y. “We got everyone involved and this led to the victory.”

Local 449 also represents about 80 Praxair drivers in the Niagara Falls area, Nelligan said.