Second Con-way Terminal Joins Teamsters; Two Vote No

October 27, 2014

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The Teamsters Union has gotten the go-ahead from workers at a second Con-way Freight terminal to represent them in talks with company management, but were turned back at two other locations in votes all supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

In downtown Los Angeles, a narrow majority of employees voted in favor of union representation, while workers at the company’s Santa Fe Springs and San Fernando Valley locations voted against representation.

"We were gratified that our employees in Santa Fe Springs and San Fernando Valley, after hearing all the facts, chose to maintain their union-free status and voted to reject the union,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president of Con-way Freight.

Lehmkuhl added that the company was disappointed with the results of the election in downtown Los Angeles, and is currently investigating whether any unlawful or other conduct occurred that may have interfered with the employees' right to make a free decision in the election.

The votes follow one in September where a little more 100 employees at the Con-way Freight Terminal in Laredo, Texas voted to join the Teamsters, marking the first time workers at the trucking company have voted to join the union.


  1. 1. Big Yellower [ October 28, 2014 @ 05:29AM ]

    The thugs at union ville whom put 1/2 of Transportation industry out of business since the mid 1950's due to their intimadation and strong arming and sabatage of company owned equipment.. Ironicly the "union" tried to unionize Conway eastern express in the 1980's-1990's only to have that divison shut down.. They should just leave the non-union companies alone...

  2. 2. dfddan [ October 28, 2014 @ 07:50AM ]

    Maybe, by your reasoning, big yellower, Conway and Fedex should leave YRC, ABF and UPS customers alone instead of using lies and intimidation tactics like those they've used in the past to try to gain market share... oh...wait... it's THEIR CHOICE who to ship with!!! Similarly, any employee has the right to choose union representation or not, hence THE VOTE. Any organization or company has history, good and bad, move on.

  3. 3. williebill [ October 28, 2014 @ 08:17AM ]

    Whoa, looking at this it brings to mind CF (Consolidated Freightways) the parent company of Conway. Conway has been dedicated to remaining union free especially after the demise of CF. At CF the drivers had options, and work rules were fair according to the contract. CF was liked by it's customers, ask any shipper that dealt with them and he will tell you they would probably not go anywhere else.
    Drivers want to unionize because large companies like Conway and Fedex frt are too large to keep things personalized. Union Contracts lay foundations to keep things consistent, pay, benefits as well as seniority will determine driver treatment.

  4. 4. Riddler [ October 28, 2014 @ 11:37AM ]

    Con-way took cf's freight. That was there intent.

  5. 5. Bill Johnson [ October 29, 2014 @ 07:31PM ]

    Con-Way is CF. Unions didn't put freight companies out of business. Deregulation was the cause of the companies going belly up. Deregulation allowed price cuts when at the time freight charges was according to which class of freight the product fell under. Shippers chose which carrier hauled the freight by the relationship between carrier and shipper. Now, because of deregulation, it's about the bottom dollar. Many companies couldn't compete. Now carriers and offering discounts at a rate of 95% and still have difficulty competing. Tell me the unions caused carriers to go belly up again. Someone needs to do their homework. When you do your homework, you see a name like Jimmy Carter. Yes Jimmy Carter. Nuff said.

  6. 6. Lee Lenard [ October 29, 2014 @ 09:00PM ]

    Who wanted deregulation? CF, Roadway, Yellow and other big carriers of the 70's. They wanted to operate anywhere without restrictions and be able to destroy and put the smaller carriers out of business. It worked for 2 the 80's the smaller non-union carriers did not maintain management that had a good solid background and knowledge of trucking and transportation; instead they hired outsiders based on credentials from finance, legal, and even political science. Consequently they destroyed themselves...only a few survived. The unionized companies were forced by the ramifications of union contracts to maintain a knowledgeable level of management and that management was constrained by the contracts so much they could not make "stupid decisions" without very lengthy processes and scrutiny by boards of directors, stockholders, employees (unions) as well as public shippers of their services. So in essence the "Unions" saved the bigger carriers. Just look around at who is still there today. What the Big carriers of 70's & 80's did not see was the rise of UPS - Fed-X which then were small package that the LTL carriers did not want. Without the union, ABF, Yellow, Roadway and those would have long been out of business.

  7. 7. Thomas [ December 18, 2014 @ 12:38PM ]

    Let's hope Buffalo, New York votes the union in and not be a bunch of cowards


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