Local 25 in Boston recently organized a group of 17 tankhaul workers who deliver air cylinders to commercial entities in the area.
The new Teamsters work for Airgas East and approached Local 25 a few months ago. The local already represents another Airgas bargaining unit in the area and those drivers frequently run into the nonunion workers.
“The drivers talk to each other, and when the company started taking things away from the nonunion workers, they saw an opportunity to come together,” said Robert Fabrizio, a Local 25 business agent. “Their overall treatment wasn’t great, they had no job security as at-will employees. They wanted the Teamsters to represent them.”
Local 25 is currently in negotiations for a contract for these new tankhaul Teamsters.