Copyright 2006, Traffic World, Inc.
It''s not every day a trucking company executive is honored by a labor union.
Myron P. "Mike" Shevell, chairman of the Shevell Group, of Elizabeth, N.J., was one of three people the state federation of the AFL-CIO honored recently for their "tremendous contributions to New Jersey''s workers." The Shevell Group is parent company of LTL carrier New England Motor Freight as well as truckload, logistics and brokerage operations.
An exception among Teamster-dominated unionized trucking companies, NEMF has been organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, an AFL-CIO affiliate.
Shevell, who started the $500 million group in 1977, was the business recipient of the 2006 labor awards, presented by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, in Atlantic City. Shevell "has never allowed his desire for success get in the way of his commitment to providing his employees with safe working conditions, fair wages and the ability to exercise their right to a voice at work," according to the awards ceremony program.
Mike Walsh, an organizer with IAM Local 447, said the union has a longstanding relationship with NEMF. The local represents about 1,600 employees of the trucking company and has a contract through April 2008.
Walsh said the union and NEMF have a good relationship.
"We have our differences like any union and management do," Walsh said. "Other than occasional differences of opinion, I think it''s a very good relationship."