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Newswire : July 6, 2006 : 11:49 a.m.
To: Advocates of Employee Rights and Truck Safety:

Amanda Cefalu and Paul Taylor are the attorneys for Peter P. Cefalu in a whistleblower proceeding brought against Roadway Express, Inc. pursuant to the employee protection provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. Mr. Cefalu was successful in proceedings before the U. S. Department of Labor and was reinstated to his job and awarded back pay. The case is now before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

On January 31, 2006, the Administrative Review Board of the U. S. Department of Labor ordered Roadway Express, Inc. to post a copy of the decision of the Honorable Daniel Leland in the case of Peter P. Cefalu v. Roadway, Inc. at all of its terminals for a period of 60 days. Roadway attempted to stay the Board's decision by filing motions with the Board and with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Both tribunals denied the stay and Roadway is out of options to stop the posting.

Roadway's counsel, Thomas Posey, has indicated to Paul Taylor that Roadway terminals will begin posting the decision this Friday, July 7, and that the decision should be posted at all Roadway terminals by next Monday, July 10, 2006. Mr. Taylor would like to get the word out to Roadway drivers who can help him verify that Roadway is complying with the posting requirement by posting the decision the entire decision in a place where driver notices are customarily posted. Thus, if it is posted behind glass then each sheet of Judge Leland's decision must be posted.

It is the intention of Mr. Cefalu and Mr. Taylor to hold Roadway's feet to the fire to make sure that Judge Leland's decision is posted at ALL ROADWAY TERMINALS for sixty days. Mr. Cefalu and Mr. Taylor cannot monitor Roadway's compliance unless they have some help.

Some of you are present or past Roadway employees. Some of you work for carriers such as Yellow and Holland but may have contacts at Roadway. Others may work for non-union carriers but may have occassion to speak with Roadway drivers while on the road. Some of you are union officials in freight locals or affiliated with truck safety organizations. Please spread the word around. If you are a union official or affiliated with a truck safety organization and can spread the word through publications and websites, please do so.

Drivers need to be informed of their rights to make complaints about violations of DOT regulations, to testify in proceedings about such violations and that they can refuse to violate DOT regulations without fear of retribution by their employers. They also need to know that these cases can be won and the posting requirement is calculated to so inform them.

In the event you, or someone you know becomes aware of Roadway's failure to post the Judge's decision at any of its terminals for sixty days beginning July 10, 2006, please contact either Amanda Cefalu at 952-393-8836 or Paul Taylor at 651-454-5800. Truckers Justice Center : Cell: 651-454-5800 : Office: 952-224-9166

 

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