On Tuesday, Airgas employees and Teamsters representatives protested outside Air Liquide´s US headquarters as Airgas shareholders approved the purchase of Airgas (NYSE: ARG) by France-based Air Liquide for USD10.3 billion.
Airgas employees held signs that read, “Air Liquide: Stop the Attacks,” demanding that Air Liquide stop Airgas´ attacks on workers and their unions.
All 45 Teamster local unions that represent Airgas workers signed a letter asking the union that represents Air Liquide workers in France to call on the company to open dialogue with its American workers. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Hall also wrote to Air Liquide´s CEO BenoÃ®t Potier, to ask him to work together with them to address the rapidly deteriorating relationship between Airgas and its workers.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.