LMTA Open Road | Fall 2019

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Fall 2019 Official Magazine of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association

Our Stories SMC Courtesy Vehicle Inspection Membership Development Randy Guillot | ATA Chairman 2019 Annual Convention NLRB Legal Brief

LMTA’s

Randy Guillot

AME R ICA’S T O P TR UCKE R

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CONTENTS MEET THE LMTA STAFF .....................................................................................................2 LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | D. Chance McNeely ...................................3 COURTESY VEHICLE INSPECTION | SMC .......................................................................4 MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT | 2019 & Beyond ............................................................8 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS | 2019 Quarter 3 ................................................................9 COVER STORY | AMERICA’S TOP TRUCKER | Randy Guillot ......................................... 12 ADVERTISER’S INDEX ........................................................................................................17 2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION | Day 1: Thursday, August 1 ............................................18 2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION | Day 2: Friday, August 2 ................................................21 2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION | Day 3: Saturday, August 3 ............................................24 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Terry Hunter & Jeffrey Gordon ................................................... 29 NLRB GIVES EMPLOYERS GREATER CONTROL | Legal Briefing .................................. 30

Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) is a Louisiana association of trucking companies, private carrier fleets and businesses which serve or supply the trucking industry. LMTA serves these companies as a government affairs representative before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues that affect the trucking industry. The association also provides public relations services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations. For information contact LMTA at: Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc. 4838 Bennington Avenue • PO Box 80278 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 • Phone: 225-928-5682 • Fax: 225-928-0500 www.lmta.la Copyright 2019 Open Road, Louisiana Motor Transport Association. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the LMTA.

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MEET THE

STAFF

D. CHANCE MCNEELY | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chance has worked with the LMTA since January 2018. As executive director, Chance reports to the board of directors and is charged with carrying out the strategic plan to advance the trucking industry in Louisiana. He also serves as the primary advocate to public officials at local, state and federal levels of government. Chance acquired his knowledge of the transportation industry through a decade of experience in government affairs, having served in the U.S. Congress and various state level positions. He served as the transportation and policy advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal and was appointed to the DOTD under Governor John Bel Edwards. Chance and his wife, Ashlee, have been married five years and have two young daughters. He enjoys hunting and fishing and aspires to do both more often.

DARRIN CARLTON | MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Darrin has worked with the LMTA for 9 months, but was a member of almost 10 years with Quality Transport, Inc. Darrin’s job responsibilities include membership recruitment, sponsorship development, and magazine and directory ad sales. His favorite part of working with the LMTA is getting to meet new people and listening to the members to be able to help them in any way he can. Darrin and his wife Melanie of 27 years have three children: Steven, 22, Dean, 18, and Jenna, 5. Darrin’s enjoys the outdoors. A fun fact about Darrin is that he still has his CDL and enjoys getting behind the wheel of a big truck from time to time!

RACHEL JUSTUS | MEMBER SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Rachel has worked with the LMTA for nearly 3 years. Her favorite parts of the job are managing the database and getting to know members. Rachel and her husband, John, have 3 children: Julia is a senior at the University of Alabama, Natalie is a sophomore at Birmingham-Southern College, and Caden is a 7th grader in the Gifted and Talented programs at Woodlawn Middle School. A fun fact about Rachel is that she owned a quilt shop before working with the LMTA and has been a quilter for over 20 years. Rachel owns a professional quilting machine, and has published some of her works. Her other hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with her kids. She has lived at both ends of I-80: Northern New Jersey and Northern California. She’s also lived in a place with no interstates at all - Thailand.

ALLISON STRAHAN | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Allison is the newest member of the LMTA’s staff, starting her position as Communications Coordinator at the end of May. She graduated from Louisiana State University in December of last year, receiving her degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations. Allison is responsible for designing Open Road Magazine as well as updating the LMTA’s social media accounts and website with new information for members. She also works on materials for LMTA events, such as the Annual Convention. Allison enjoys being creative in her new role and looks forward to meeting more of the LMTA’s hardworking members. Originally from Franklinton, Louisiana, located in rural Washington Parish, Allison moved to Baton Rouge in 2014. In her free time she loves to draw and paint.

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LETTER FROM THE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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s we enter the fall and prepare for the upcoming holiday season, there is much for which to be thankful in the trucking industry. I believe the most important thing to be thankful for is our brothers and sisters in trucking. It is in the face of adversity that we have the greatest opportunities for growth and we should be thankful that we have one another. Let us be inspired to join forces to improve our industry’s outlook on workforce and insurance rates. If you are a member of LMTA, thank you for your commitment to these ideals. Help us bring more truckers into the fold. If you are not a member of the LMTA, we need you right now more than ever. Our potential is in the nearly six thousand carriers in Louisiana and their nearly ninety thousand employees. A couple hundred member companies – which is currently the LMTA – cannot do what needs to be done alone. Please join us and help us grow so that we, as your trucking association, can deliver for you. Remember, we’re all truckers from the fifth wheel forward. For more information or to join online, visit www.lmta.la or call the office at 225-928-5682. Sincerely,

D. Chance McNeely

OFFICERS GARY GOBERT CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD LAKE CITY TRUCKING LAKE CHARLES, LA

DAVID NEWMAN PRESIDENT NEWMAN TRANSPORT, LLC. PEARL RIVER, LA

KARL MEARS 2nd VICE PRESIDENT RAZORBACK RENTALS, LLC DENHAM SPRING, LA

TIM ORDOYNE VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE PETERBILT OF LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE, LA

BRAD NELSON

ATA VICE PRESIDENT - ALTERNATE FREEDOMTRUCKS OF LOUISIANA

LAKE CHARLES, LA MIKE KNOTTS TREASURER

COBBS, ALLEN & HALL OF LOUISIANA, INC.

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KARY BRYCE

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COURTESY VEHICLE INSPECTION

& SAFETY MEETING

SAFETY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL EVENT

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he Louisiana Motor Transport Association’s (LMTA) Safety Management Council hosted a Courtesy Vehicle Inspection to promote inspection education to participants.The group met Thursday, June 20 at the I-10 LaPlace scales to get hands-on experience inspecting trucks passing through the station. Members of the Safety Management Council worked alongside the Louisiana State Police, allowing a unique view of the other side of regulation enforcement. “We are so grateful to LSP for their time and willingness to work with our SMC.” says LMTA’s Darrin Carlton, “Our members really look forward to these opportunities to work with troopers so that they can stay proficient in the inspection process. This knowledge is then brought back to their respective companies where it is put into practice making their operations naturally more compliant.” Both members and non-members of the LMTA were invited to attend. Participants were given the tools to inspect the station’s trucks and trailers all while engaging with officers in an informal and unique environment. The morning started with both officers and attendees meeting for an informal breakfast at the IHOP in LaPlace. From here the group traveled to the scales and spent the next few hours examining trucks alongside officers. The LMTA thanks Sgt. Sam James and all of the Louisiana State Police officers for their time and invaluable information, as well as all those who attended. The Safety Management Council will host two more Courtesy Vehicle Inspections in 2019. The next inspection is set for October 17, 2019 at the I-55 Kentwood scales (joint with Mississippi’s SMC) while another inspection will take place November 20, 2019 at the I-12 Baptist (Hammond) scales.

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wenty Nineteen has been a banner year for membership growth at the LMTA because we are making it a

priority. For the first time in a long time, we have a staff in place to support and grow the LMTA and its growing membership. As we take on the challenges of providing a better member experience and being more impactful at the capitol, we will continue to need more members to help support our priorities. It’s pretty simple: the more members we have, the more we can get done for the trucking industry. There is no shortage of needs. If you are a current member, consider actively recruiting a non-member or send another employee or two to our events. These events sustain the organization and provide great information that will help your business. If you are not a member, it is time to get on board. As associations go, LMTA is very inexpensive and a great deal for your company. You will be very pleased at how quickly you reap the benefits of LMTA membership, which range from true dollar savings on tires to building professional relationships with regulators like state police and the office of motor vehicles. You can learn more about our member benefits at www.lmta.la. If you will entertain the analogy, our industry has way too many trailers and not enough tractors. Nonmembers are trailers and members are tractors. At this rate, we will never get where we need to be. If you aren’t a member, consider this article a challenge for you to join and become a tractor that helps pull the industry forward! You may think its too late to get involved, or things are too far gone to make a difference. Indeed, if you argue for your limitations, they will be yours. It is never too late. There are too many very strong trucking associations in the United States and countless other industry associations that have brought people together to accomplish big things. The need is great and the time is now. Call our membership development manager Darrin Carlton today at 225-947-1832 to learn more about membership and/or to join. You can also visit www.lmta.la to learn more and join online.

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2 0 1 9 - 2 0 2 0 ATA C H A I R M A N

or the first time in thirty years, one of Louisiana’s owner is taking the wheel as the nation’s top trucker. As president of both Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight, Inc., Randy Guillot has been named Chairman of the American Trucking Associations, which is the industry’s highest and most honorable position. Leading the nation’s trucking industry is a major responsibility and undertaking, but as a thirdgeneration trucker with over 35 years of experience in the industry, Guillot is very well prepared to deliver for the industry that delivers for America. For Guillot, trucking has always been an integral part of his life. In 1945 Aswell Pitre, Guillot’s maternal grandfather, started the family’s first company in Southeastern Motor Freight, Inc. Guillot says he, “practically grew up in the business,” and throughout high school and college, he worked in a variety of positions within the company between logistics, the shop and the office. Randy says he has always enjoyed working in the trucking industry. “I believe that it’s true that once you get trucking in your blood, that is what you want to stay in with. It has just been that way for me, and a lot of folks, I believe.” After finishing school in 1983, Guillot began working full-time at Southeastern Motor Freight. Just one year later, Randy, his brother Glen, and father Elmo, worked together

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to start Triple G Express. The trio incorporated the company in 1984 with “the intentions of keeping the Guillot family in the trucking business.” By 1985 the new company had started operations and quickly became successful, growing fairly quickly.

Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight soon were both having their day-to-day operation managed by Randy, Glen, and Elmo as the three worked as business partners. “My brother and I have basically been business partners our whole career,” Randy explains, “Since then my dad has retired, and [more recently] my brother is mostly retired. I now have ownership of both companies and we’re still operating today.” Randy jokes, “I still have a few more years left before we turn it over to the 4th generation.” Part of Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight’s success has been the Guillot’s willingness to change and grow with industry trends. Throughout the 1980s Randy and his family were forced to grow alongside deregulation happening in the trucking industry. Randy states, “the way we use to do business in the regulated environment versus what is being done today is completely and totally different. More recently Randy has adjusted with changes in the intermodal business, explaining, “I haul containers for a


living, that whole market has changed. We used to go regionally; we were probably in 12 to 14 states daily. Now, a lot of port entry is getting railed to destinations and in a way, it has taken away the trucking routes. The market now is fairly close to the Port of New Orleans. I’ve had terminals in Memphis, Jacksonville, and Houston before.Now all of those are closed and I’m

I BELIEVE IT’S TRUE THAT ONCE YOU GET TRUCKING IN YOUR BLOOD, THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT TO STAY IN WITH. IT HAS JUST BEEN THAT WAY FOR ME, AND A LOT OF FOLKS, I BELIEVE.

A Louisiana Legacy DUNCAN MCRAE

ATA CHAIRMAN 1989

McRae was the last ATA Chairman to serve the organization from the State of Louisiana. 30 years later, Randy Guillot is ready to take the same position.

operating strictly out of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Markets change and we have changed with it.” Guillot also acknowledges the importance of understanding his drivers. He explains, “We do our best to find freight that drivers want to haul. If you don’t have freight that the drivers want to participate in, for whatever reason,

H I S C A R E E R , R O L E A S ATA CHAIRMAN & LOOK TO THE FUTURE. you just can’t get the truck driver. So, we understand what our drivers want which is to be home every night. Our drivers work a long day but by early or mid-afternoon they are at home. They are playing ball with their kids, they’re coaching the football team, they’re there to

take their kids to soccer, or going to a school play. We enjoy providing that kind of livelihood for our drivers.” “I’ve been taught that you need to manage in good times because come bad times, it might be too late.” He explains “We’re always trying to evolve, even if business is good, we are still trying to look forward and say, ‘where do we position ourselves best in this marketplace, what do we do better?’ That’s just our constant management style that we use here.” Guillot jokes, “so far, it’s worked pretty well for us! We’ve had our first company since 1945, so a bunch of years, right?” Like his experience with the trucking industry, Randy’s involvement with the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) is interwoven with his family’s history. The Guillot family are multigeneration members of the LMTA. Randy explains, “in the mid-1990s is when we all started getting involved. As far as myself, getting involved in the New Orleans chapter was where I started.” Randy’s father, Elmo served as Chairman of the Board in 1973 and his brother, Glen served the same position in 2003. “[Glen] and I had an understanding that I would participate more in ATA,” Randy explains, “so I started to get more involved with ATA after they resurfaced with their Intermodal Carrier Conference.” As his participation with ATA grew, Guillot also became more involved with the LMTA. He explains, “the opportunity came up and I was invited to come on as an officer of the LMTA.”

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Randy was the third Guillot to become LMTA Chairman of the Board and served from 2012 through 2013. “I took advantage of that and really enjoyed my time with the association,” Randy explains. In his speech as incoming ATA Chairman of the Board, he has included a comical nod to his time at the LMTA adding:

“Thanks to my fellow Louisianans and fellow LMTA members here tonight. For all of your support and encouragement, and quite frankly, the endless amount of training for the task ahead of me as Chairman.” Randy Guillot will be the second ATA Chairman from Louisiana after Duncan McRae served as ATA Chairman 1989 30 years ago. “Every ATA chairman gets a chance to highlight something in the industry that they want to bring up.” Guillot

explains, “I want to celebrate that we’re working together, the truckers within our association. I’m the 75th chairman of the ATA. That’s a lot of history there. It’s a lot of history just in my family and with my family within the LMTA. That ability of truckers with like minds just to sit down and help the industry progress, safely and profitably. I want to celebrate that.” Guillot also plans to use his time as ATA Chairman to promote the importance of associations in the trucking industry. “The way I have always described the LMTA and the ATA,” he explains, “is that they are our associations. We make up the association, the truckers. It is a truckers’ association. It is all ours. I’ve always considered, everyone to have an equal voice and, without a doubt, I think it’s for the best for the association to get diversified opinions. To be able to come to some sort of consensus, it doesn’t have to be unanimous, but some sort of consensus on particular positions that we need to. The whole process, I enjoy it, I think it’s great for the industry and I encourage everyone with the LMTA and ATA to continue that path. In some ways, it is very difficult to get to a consensus, but

Randy guillot 2 0 1 9 - 2 0 2 0 ATA C H A I R M A N it is so important for us to do that way we can go out and be the voice of the trucking industry. We can go out and advocate for our state association and national association. To get what we need to stay in business. Our goals should be, operate safely, number one. Number two, to stay in business, and make a buck, number three. There is nothing wrong with us making a buck, in what we do. I’m not bashful to say it. But we have to operate safely number one.”

THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS DESCRIBED THE LMTA, AND THE ATA, IS THAT THEY ARE OUR ASSOCIATIONS. WE MAKE UP THE ASSOCIATION, THE TRUCKERS. IT IS A TRUCKERS’ ASSOCIATION. IT IS ALL OURS.

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H I S C A R E E R , R O L E A S ATA CHAIRMAN & LOOK TO THE FUTURE.

Randy has become known in Louisiana and on the national level as a thoughtful voice and recognized leader for the trucking industry. “He has a unique ability to disarm people in a way that allows them to find common ground for the good of the industry,” LMTA Executive Director Chance McNeely said. “Our State and country is very lucky to have Randy in this role. We fully support him and will do everything we can to help move trucking forward under his leadership.”

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Earlier this year the LMTA and its officers held a luncheon for Randy Gulliot and his appointment as ATA Chairman. Not only were members of the LMTA in attendance, extend Guillot family came to support Randy. Above (L to R): Randy, Elmo, Charlene and Glen Guillot. Right: Randy with his brother Glenn, mother, father, children, grandchild and extended family.

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B R E A K FA S T PA N E L : ATA & AT R I D E L I V E R F O R Y O U

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Starting a conversation and uniting. Friday morning’s

breakfast panel, “ATA & ATRI Deliver For You,” moderated by Randy Guillot of sponsor Triple G Express looked to start a conversation between ATA, ATRI, and participants. Barry Pottle and Rebecca Brewster shared the latest information on the transportation industry’s biggest issues. The panel explored the topics of infrastructure, drive shortages, insurance and the power of state lead tort reform. Participants were encouraged to add to the discussion as well as ask questions on individual issues. The LMTA thanks everyone for their participation in these very important discussions. As a united front, we will be a force for change!

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2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION AUGUST 1,2019 - AUGUST 3, 2019

MIMOSA & BLOODY MARY BREAK

B R E A K O U T I N F O R M AT I O N A L S E S S I O N S KEY TAKEAWAYS: Friday ended with three informative breaout sessions taking place.One sessionlead by LMTA General Councilor Doug Willams focused on Roadside Defense, looking into rising insurance fraud and what the legal and insurance industries can do to help each other. Mike Coatney of ACME Truck Lines and Tom O’Neal of Hercules Transport lead a Young Professional CEO Speed Dating session, sharing their experience. Finally, Chris King with Next Level Solutions, LLC shares his insights in helping executives look beyond the horizon of their current business path.

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H I LT O N S A N D E S T I N B E A C H G O L F R E S O R T & S PA C L A S S PAY S & P L AY S R E C E P T I O N

THANKS TO SPONSOR PETERBILT OF LOUISIANA: This reception allowed attendees to mix and mingle after a productive second day of Convention.

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2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION AUGUST 1,2019 - AUGUST 3, 2019

SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2019 B R E A K FA S T PA N E L : P O L I T I C S & P O L I C I E S KEY TAKEAWAYS: The final day of the 2019 LMTA Annual Convention kicked off with door prizes and the Politics & Policies Behind Tort Reform Panel. The panel featured Representative and logger Jack McFarland (R-Winnfield), Tyler Gray President of Louisiana Midcontinent Oil & Gas Association, and Brian Landry the Political Director of the Louisiana Chemical Association. Executive Director Chance McNeely moderated the panel.

TRUCKPAC & YOUNG PROFESS I O N A L S M E E T I N G S

KEY TAKEAWAYS: During the 2019 Annual Convention

TruckPAC meeting, $18,000 was pledged to the LMTA’s Political Action Committee. TruckPAC is also holding a raffle to continue raising money for the committee’s work. The winner of the raffle will receive a themed LSU Harley-Davidson as well as two suite tickets to this years’ LSU v. Texas A&M football game. Items have been donated by Andy Guinn and details can be found on page 7.

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H I LT O N S A N D E S T I N B E A C H G O L F R E S O R T & S PA MIMOSA & BLOODY MARY BREAK

OFFICER’S RECEPTION

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2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION AUGUST 1,2019 - AUGUST 3, 2019

OFFICER’S BANQUET & RECEPTION

2019-2020 OFFICERS OF THE BOARD GARY GOBERT CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD LAKE CITY TRUCKING LAKE CHARLES, LA

DAVID NEWMAN PRESIDENT NEWMAN TRANSPORT, LLC. PEARL RIVER, LA

KARL MEARS 2nd VICE PRESIDENT RAZORBACK RENTALS, LLC DENHAM SPRING, LA

MIKE KNOTTS TREASURER

TIM ORDOYNE VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE PETERBILT OF LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE, LA

COBBS, ALLEN & HALL OF LOUISIANA, INC.

BOSSIER CITY, LA KARY BRYCE

ATA VICE PRESIDENT

PREFERRED MATERIALS, INC. SIBLEY, LA

TODD RUPLE 1st VICE PRESIDENT

PREFERRED MATERIALS, INC.

SIBLEY, LA

JUDY SMART SECRETARY

ROADRUNNER TOWING & RECOVERY, INC.

BATON ROUGE, LA BRAD NELSON

ATA VICE PRESIDENT - ALTERNATE FREEDOMTRUCKS OF LOUISIANA

LAKE CHARLES, LA

Top Left (L to R): 2019-2019 LMTA Officers of the Board: Doug Williams, Mike Knotts, Judy Smart, Tim Ordoyne, David Newman, Todd Ruple, Gary Gobert, Karl Mears, Brad Nelson and Kary Bryce. Top Right: Larry Terrell leads the group in prayer before the 2019 Officers’ Banquet. Bottom Left: David Newman presents an honorary gavel to 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board Andrew Guinn, Sr. Bottom Center: Master Trooper Louis Smith is presented LMTA 2019 State Trooper of the Year by David Newman. Bottom Right: 2019-2020 Chairman of the Board Gary Gobert is presented a service award from David Newman for his work for the LMTA.

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erry Hunter is a valued member of United Vision Logistics (UVL) and has been with its Legacy company’s team for 19 years. Terry’s career started as a driver, he worked his way to Port Fourchon Safety Inspector and is now a Regional Safety Manager. Terry is well respected by his drivers, owners, terminal mangers, and peers, due largely in part to his tireless work ethic. Drivers can be confident if they call the UVL Driver Assistance Line with a “Stop Work” Terry will focus on that situation until it is resolved. He has participated in high level investigations helping UVL discover true root causes and is instrumental in consultations with Operations pertaining to enacting action items. He often serves as a connection between Senior Management and ground-level applicability. In addition to Terry’s professional career in transportation, he is also a decorated Veteran of the United States Army, having received numerous Achievement and Commendation Medals during his tenure, mostly in Germany. He served as a member of the Military Police Platoon, having ended his military career as a Corporal. Upon his return to the states, Terry completed Basic Training at the Louisiana State Police Academy and also the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Training Academy. Terry is married. His hobbies include gardening, fishing and hunting.

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effrey Gordon has been in the insurance business for over thirteen years. He started his career in 2006 at State Farm before moving into the independent sector. It was during this time he began his involvement with the logging and trucking industry. In 2014 Gordon started his own independent insurance company, Bayou Insurance, based out of Monroe, Louisiana. Over the past five years, Gordon has grown Bayou Insurance from a “one-man show” to a thriving independent agency with a focus on the trucking and transportation industry. Like many in the transportation industry, he claims there is no “normal day.” He explains, “claims oversight to equipment and driver changes keep us busy.” Gordon also strives to be a valued partner for his transportation clients. “We’ve invested heavily in technology. We have a custom mobile app that allows our partners to access their policies 24/7. They can view drivers, id cards, contact us, or issue certificates from their phone or any device.” Gordon believes long term partnerships will stem from Bayou’s approach to technology, experience, and relationships. Since 2016 insurance rates in the State of Louisiana have risen exponentially. “People are being forced to shut down because they’re seeing insurance rates and renewal rates two to three times what they were paying,” Gordon says. “People were already barely getting by, so the last two years have been tough and hard to watch, especially for us because we hate to see these people hurt. That was really what prompted me to get involved with LMTA, it was to be an advocate for our transportation partners.” Since joining the LMTA in 2018, Gordon has found advocacy and community to be the most important things he’s found in the organization. “I think the advocacy is really important,” says Gordon, “Because no one else is going to fight for these guys and this industry. I encourage all of our trucking and transportation partners to get involved or become members, because I know LMTA needs all the support it can get to be effective.” He also notes, “Everybody can help everybody and it’s a beneficial relationship. Everyone is trying to lift everyone up, and no one’s trying to cut fellow members out. The bigger our group, the better luck we’ll have in changing things.”

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NLRB Gives Employers Greater Control over Their Public Spaces Executive Summary: In a 3-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that employers may prohibit nonemployee union representatives from soliciting or promoting union membership within common areas of an employer’s business – such as public restaurants and cafeterias – as long as the employer does so in a non-discriminatory manner. See UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, et al, Case 06-CA-102465 (June 14, 2019). This decision provides employers with greater control over the use of their facilities.

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n the past, the NLRB recognized what iscommonly referred to as the “public space” exception. The “public space” exception allowed nonemployee union organizers access to a portion of the employer’s private property open to the public, such as a cafeteria or restaurant. Specifically, nonemployee union organizers could not be denied access to employer areas that were open to the public as long as the organizers used the area in a fashion consistent with its intended use and were not disruptive. In UPMC, two nonemployee union representatives met in the hospital cafeteria with a group of employees and discussed union campaign matters. The union representatives displayed union flyers and pins on the tables where they were sitting. After the union representatives had been in the cafeteria for over an hour, hospital security requested the representatives to leave because the hospital had an established practice of removing all nonemployees engaged in promotional activity in the cafeteria. The union representatives refused to leave and were eventually escorted off the premises by police officers. The union filed an unfair labor practice charge against UPMC. In addressing the Charge, the Board ruled that an employer does not have a duty to allow the use of its facility by nonemployees for promotional or organizational activity. The fact that an area such as a cafeteria is located on the employer’s private property is open to the public does not mean that an employer must allow all nonemployees access for any purpose.

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LEGAL BRIEF BREAZEALE, SACHSE & WILSON, L.L.P. In this case, the hospital’s policy prohibited all nonemployees from engaging in promotional activities in its cafeteria, not just union organizers. Bottom Line: The Board’s decision provides employers with public spaces, such as restaurants and cafeterias, with greater control over their property and whom they must allow to congregate in such public spaces. Employers with public spaces should consider reviewing their handbooks, policies, and practices to take advantage of this change in the law.

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