Greyhound Lines, Inc., has received the 2003 Labor-Management Award from the Union Label & Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.
The award is presented annually to honor employers who demonstrate a “commitment to the collective bargaining process” and “exemplary labor-management relations” while “producing competitive, union-made products and services.”
Formal presentation of the award was made at the exhibitors’ breakfast preceding the ribbon cutting for the annual Union-Industries Show.
Nominated by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) President Jim La Sala, Greyhound and its union have rebuilt labor-management relations after a near-devastating nationwide 39-month strike that ended a decade ago.
Since that conflict “Greyhound has actively participated in labor-management conferences with its ATU local and international officers in a continual effort to work out inevitable difficulties before they become problems,” wrote ATU President Jim La Sala in his nominating letter.
La Sala described the current relationship between ATU and Greyhound as a “model that others might profit from studying,” adding: “After almost a decade, I think we can declare this process a success.”
Cingular Wireless, nominated by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), also received an award. ULSTD President Charles Mercer congratulated the workers and management of both companies as “role models for modern and progressive labor relations.”
“Corporate America would be well-advised to follow the positive example set by Greyhound and Cingular Wireless in serving their customers. These companies have forged a successful path in competitive markets by recognizing their unionized workers as valuable assets who provide a critical contribution to profitability,” Mercer said.
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations with 20,000 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound PackageXpress (GPX) in the United States and Greyhound Courier Service in Canada, as well as Greyhound Travel Services including: vacation packages, charters, sightseeing and shore services. In the U.S., for fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com. In Canada, for fare and schedule information call 1-800-661-8747 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.ca.