Inside Logistics

Con-way mechanics reject union

LTL carrier has no union contracts


March 10, 2015
by MM&D Online Staff

ANN ARBOR, Michigan—In a union representation election conducted by the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), mechanics at Con-way Freight’s facility in Gary/Hammond, Ind. voted to reject representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union.

Greg Lehmkuhl, president of Con-way Freight, commended employees for their diligence and perseverance in weighing the facts and making an informed decision on union representation, ultimately voting against the union, its rhetoric and misinformation.

“It is rewarding to see our employees reach the conclusion that we can best work together directly and succeed as a team when we are focused on satisfying our customers and operating the safest, best maintained fleet in the industry,” Lehmkuhl noted. “Our experience has been that when our employees have the opportunity to get the facts, understand clearly the value of what they have today, and recognize the advantages and opportunities they have in being union-free, they choose to reject union representation.”

“We remain convinced that our path to success lies in maintaining an open, respectful and direct relationship with our employees without the interference of a third party,” he concluded.

Con-way Freight currently does not have a contract with any union at any of its nearly 300 locations in the US.

Con-way Freight is a less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.