After losing my home and my apartment, I was left looking for a place to live. I had very little money but I had everything that I needed as I prayed and asked for the Lord’s help. The Lord blessed me to purchase this home for $8900.00. They did not want to sell it to me and did not want me to have access even after paying the amount in full; however, you cannot “prevail” over God’s children!
Many people who “claim” affiliation to the “mafia” know that they use certain tactics in order to intimidate and influence others. The reason why these tactics are not evident to most people is because the “systems” they use are trusted by people in the world.
Before I was saved and the before Lord “opened my eyes” to see, I trusted going to a man or woman doctor in order to get healed. I went before the judge in the courtroom and trusted that the man or woman would be fair and just in their decisions regarding my cases. For a long while, I too was a part of the “system” being a Memphis police officer. I thought that I was being fair and equitable to the people I came across, whether I was arresting a person or issuing a citation, I wanted to do the “right” thing.
As a government worker, I had a very limited knowledge of the “mafia.” When I was in police training, an officer I was riding with was issuing citations. We pulled over a car, but he did not issue them a traffic citation, he told me that they were a part of the “fraternity” that he belonged to and did not write them tickets. As a new officer, that made an impression on me to be more “lenient” on those who were in this organization. I remember pulling over a member in this fraternity and I was going to write him a ticket. He said confidently that the judge would “dismiss it” but he did not want to go through the hassle.
After being on the police force a few years, I applied and passed the test to become an FBI agent. I was flown by the FBI to take an in-person interview and a written exam. When my name was called and I entered in the interview, there were three current FBI agents standing and I shook each one of their hands. Each one shook my hand in a peculiar way. They pressed their “index finger” along the side of my of my wrist. It was such an “odd” handshake I “questioned” them as to why they shook my hand in this manner. They seemed taken back but one of the agents spoke up and said, “It is to see if you will make a “good partner” in the car. It was an “odd” handshake and even “odder” response that took me off guard as well. Afterward, I was told that I passed the written exam but I did not do well on the interview.
It was not until much later, when I was arresting an individual and was in conversation with him about this particular “fraternity” that I was told one of their "secrets." He stated that he was in the “fraternity” it was nothing to it but a handshake. He gave me a handshake, and I immediately remembered that it was the same handshake that the FBI agents had given me in the interview. He asked me to join him to a meeting but I refused.
I spent almost eight years as a Memphis police officer, and I did not know that this particular fraternity was actually the mafia. I am also sure that there are many others who work in government positions of “authority” and have absolutely no idea of the “inner workings” of the government.
Due to the retaliation, I have faced at Greyhound Bus Lines, I am selling my home. It was only by the Lord’s help that I was able to work on this house. Here is a picture of the initial progress:
Here is the picture that I will submit to the real estate agency to sell my home. It is only through the Lord’s help that this was possible. God bless you!
The case investigator, Al Mosey closed the case without investigation, thus a “fake investigation.” I called Mr. Mosley when I had received his letter in the mail. The letter is dated July 28, 2016. He asked me to come down to his office the same day in order to give a statement. I did not refuse to give a statement, but I did tell him that I was unavailable to give a statement at that time. He asked when could I come in and take a statement. I told home that I was also unavailable next week, as I had planned a vacation.
I asked if he could take a phone interview to which he stated that he could not. I told Mr. Mosey a date that I could call him after my vacation. He agreed to the date. However, when I called him on the agreed date and multiple times afterward he did not answer my phone call. I left him several voicemail messages. When I was finally able to talk to him, he stated, “I talked to my supervisor, and we decided to close the case.” I told Mr. Mosey that I knew that the department was not going to investigate the case but I must be obedient to the Lord.
Somehow between Mr. Mosey and his supervisor, this was taken to mean that I did not want to have the case investigated. How could this be? I called the investigator and agreed upon a date. Should I have canceled my vacation in order for him to take my statement?
In order to ascertain this document, I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Labor. At first, it was denied but upon appeal, I was given the case document.
You can read in the repository of documents here.
It can be seen that on page four of this document that the investigator wrote, “…Case was opened based on a [redacted] from Lewis Seals who stated that he believed he was owed $3500 for miscellaneous issues with his employer…. WHI attempted the contact the [redacted] on two separate [occasions]. Both via phone on July 26, and July 28, 2016. WHI also attempted to contact the [redacted] via mail on July 26th and July 28th with a return call notification no later than [August] 5th. Since no response, I recommend the case be drop.”
Now if the Department of Labor will not even investigate a wage theft complaint that I submitted. What are the odds that they will also try to sweep the whistleblower case under the rug? OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is under the umbrella of the of the Department of Labor.
I submitted this, “Personal Pay Claim and Adjustment Request for Lewis Seals” document to Greyhound Bus Lines “OEAD” and Sherryl Tucker. You can read the entire document in the repository here. It states in relevant part:
According to Greyhound policy and the contractual agreement between the Amalgamated Transit Union and Greyhound Lines, Inc., it is believed that I, Lewis Seals am owed compensation for work completed... In order to deliver excellent customer service and on-time performance, this attachment was created in order to obtain all monies due under the above policies and contract. While I, Lewis Seals have made a good-faith effort in obtaining all monies owed, I respectfully request all monies owed to me under all guidelines that stipulate pay to its employees under the above agreements and any others be promptly paid.
Please note that according to the Department of Labor’s regulation, 29 CFR Part 516, it is required by Greyhound Lines, Inc. to have general record keeping requirements; which include, but are not limited to, hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek, basis on which employee's wages are paid, all additions to or deductions from the employee's wages. In addition, Greyhound Lines, Inc. records must include accurate information about the employee and data about the hours worked, and the wages earned.
Therefore, I claim all monies owed to me via Greyhound’s policy or Amalgamated Transit Union contract with Greyhound Lines, Inc. as wages earned and must be paid promptly. If this is cannot be done I request for written documentation for all monies owed so that I may file a timely pay request. Please note whether documented below or not I request all monies that are due to me under the guiding policies of Greyhound bus lines and/ or the contractual agreement between the Amalgamated Transit Union and Greyhound Lines, Inc. Failure to pay all monies due may be a violation of the Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
It is my belief that if Greyhound Lines, Inc. had an honest pay system many of the problems that it is facing in trying to reinvent itself will be solved. To take monies owed from employees simply because they are ignorant of the process or because of frustration in getting justly paid, may seem like good business sense, but in fact, it is stealing. Employees are disgruntled with this process; this leads to a decline in excellent customer service, lack of on-time performance, and high turnover. It becomes a revolving circle as apathy builds and your employees understand that you do not care enough to pay them fairly. Looking at the big picture, this will have a negative effect on logistics, and your customers will not want to ride Greyhound because of long wait times, delayed and cancellation of schedules, and poor customer service.
Thus the millions that you “think” you are saving will ultimately lead to the downfall of this company, if positive and fair changes are not made to this system. Greyhound must automate this process and bring its technology up to date regarding pay; including being able to view pay at home. I submit to you that this will have an appreciable and favorable effect on this company, more so than the “think tanks,” that have researched the psychological effects of changing a work shirt from gray to blue. I speak through the Holy Ghost and not of myself. In order to give excellent customer service to our customers, first, Greyhound Lines, Inc. must excel in giving excellent customer service to its employees. God bless you.
Sad to say that this not even scratching the surface in this whistleblower complaint. What ultimately happened is so evil, I may just save that to let you read it in the book, "The Government, the Mafia, and Greyhound Bus Lines." The next post will focus on my Deparment of Labor complaint against Greyhound Bus Lines. After sending a Freedom of Information Act request, I received documented proof that the investigator did not investigate the case but lied to close it. Was it a "botched" cover-up? Did the Department of Labor send the right documents? Just further proof of the U.S. government's attempt to "blackball" complaints from Lewis Seals that have merit.
This is the way that Greyhound bus drivers look to see when their Greyhound bus schedules will arrive. Some Greyhound bus schedules are notoriously late; this means that the supervisors have an idea which Greyhound bus schedules will arrive on time and which will be late on a daily basis.
It can be frustrating if you are headed to a new job, visiting family and friends during the holidays, or just need to make it to your destination by a certain time, and your Greyhound bus is late! Do not argue with the Greyhound ticket clerk or the Greyhound employee that you see in the terminal! Use these simple steps in order to get to your destination faster and with less hassle.
Check to see the location of your Greyhound bus, and the estimated time your Greyhound Bus is expected to arrive. If you have determined that it will take too long, search for another schedule that will be heading to your destination. You can do this by heading to the Greyhound Bus Lines website greyhound.com and clicking on “Book A Trip.” Enter your current location and your destination for the current day. After you press “search,” it will show other schedules, if any. If there is another schedule that is leaving before your late Greyhound Bus makes it to your destination, you can “transfer” to that bus if there is room. Greyhound usually charges a “transfer fee” but if you ask politely and have waited a long time, they may waive this fee.
This next “tip” may only work if you are stranded at the Greyhound bus terminal with many others also waiting with you. If there are 15-30 people waiting on a late Greyhound bus, and a significant amount of time has already passed by or from your research, you have determined that it will take hours for the late Greyhound bus to arrive, then you can ask a Greyhound supervisor if they are willing to start another schedule. “Starting another schedule” simply means that they will prepare another bus and driver so that the stranded Greyhound passengers can leave earlier. It is at their discretion but if you have been stranded at a Greyhound bus terminal for a long time it will behoove you to ask!
While it may be a rare occurrence, if you are stranded in a Greyhound bus terminal for over a day or two or if Greyhound has told you that it will take a day or two for your next schedule, and it is not due to your own fault; meaning it was a Greyhound error. Greyhound may make arrangements for you to spend the time in a local hotel that they have been authorized to use. Now, this is up to the Greyhound supervisor to approve. I have seen this happen on numerous occasions, but many passengers do not know to ask!
If they are unwilling to set you up in their authorized hotel room, they may offer you a Greyhound “meal voucher.” With a Greyhound meal voucher, you can eat a meal free at the Greyhound terminal that offers a corporate food court. It is important as these tips will mainly work at main Greyhound bus terminals and not at local Greyhound bus stop locations.
As a former Greyhound bus driver, I am unaware if Greyhound offers refunds in these instances. I would refer you to read the information that is located on the back of your Greyhound bus ticket. While some may have gotten a voucher that can be used on their next Greyhound bus trip, I do not know if the passengers were able to get refunds because their Greyhound bus broke down.
The way the Greyhound Bus Lines dispatch system works, the Greyhound bus driver has a certain amount of time that they have to get ready and come to the Greyhound bus terminal. The driver then must inspect the bus and drive to the location that you are currently stranded. This can take hours so patience is necessary. Greyhound Bus Lines may send a mechanic to repair the bus but it may take as long as the drive that the nearest authorized mechanic has to make it get to you. I have seen passengers successfully receive meal vouchers in this instance. If you missed your connecting schedule and have to wait over a day to get on the next bus, I have seen passengers successfully get a hotel room for their inconvenience.
If you enjoyed these tips, or if they have helped you in any way send me at tweet @lewissealspub on Twitter! For more information about me or my upcoming book, “The Government, the Mafia, and Greyhound Bus Lines visit my website at https://lewisseals.com. God bless you!
Greyhound supervisors are also motivated to have a full staff to minimize complaints. Greyhound Bus Lines passengers can become angry and upset if they are held at the bus terminal for long periods of time. This can become frustrating for anyone, if you had to deal with complaints from individuals about issues outside of your control. Greyhound Bus Lines supervisors use different tactics to make sure that their complement is full, but some of these tactics are against the law.
On or about July 18, I had a meeting with Greyhound supervisors Sherryl Tucker and Faye Willis. I requested to have a leave of absence, and it was denied. I asked both Sherryl Tucker and Faye Willis what did I need to do to get a leave of absence. I explained to them that I was getting harassed by fellow drivers and needed a month off from work. The reason for the harassment was due to Greyhound Bus Line policy of, “On-Time Performance.” A select group of drivers believed that because I was making it to my destinations on time or before time that I was taking money off their route. In essence, they believed I was stealing money from them. This is a complex issue to explain, but it goes back to Greyhound Bus Lines not paying their employees fairly. After being denied, I ask both of them if I needed to write a letter in order to get the leave of absence. Sherryl Tucker stated that it is the “nature of the beast," and it would be the same when I came back.
In the warning letter, Faye Willis quotes Sherryl Tucker, “Sherryl Tucker told you that it would be irresponsible of her to give you that time off because it will not be good for the company.”
A copy of this letter has been uploaded to the “repository of documents” here.
According to the agreement between Greyhound Lines, Inc. and the Amalgamated Transit Union, “Employees may be granted an unpaid leave of absence of up to 90 days without loss of seniority. Longer leave may be granted if mutually agreed to by the Company and the Union. Employees requesting leaves under this provision must submit a written request to their supervisor and will specify that the request for leave be under this provision.”
I was not granted a “leave of absence” but in compromise, both Sherryl Tucker and Faye Willis gave me a “few days” off work. It is not uncommon for a Greyhound Bus driver to work weeks without getting a day off. After working a “long stretch of days,” I booked off “fatigue” because I could not safety operate a Greyhound bus.
In the Lewis Seals’ complaint to OSHA he writes:
On August 4, 201, Faye Willis, driver supervisor for Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc., issued Complainant two letters of warning for using fatigue as a subterfuge to avoid work (absenteeism). It is believed that Willis issued the letters of warning because she thought Complainant’s claim of fatigue was a suspicious pretense to get more time off. The two letters arrived on the same day and they were threatening in nature. The letters stated that Complainant was to report to a meeting at the Memphis terminal with union representation......
Thus Complainant alleges that Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc. violated the STAA’s employee protection provisions when it issued him two warning letters for refusing to drive due to fatigue. Complainant asserts that “booking off” fatigue is reasonable, and that he engaged in STAA protected activity according to, “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 392.3” that states, “No driver shall operate a motor vehicle nor can a motor carrier require or permit a driver to operate a motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired. [sic]” Accordingly, Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc. issued the two warning letters not based on a good faith mistake of fact but on the doctrine of “unclean hands.” The letters had an effect on Complainant’s pay, terms, and conditions of employment; it did qualify as discipline, discrimination, and harassment.
A copy of Lewis Seals’ OSHA complaint can be read here.
The law behind The Surface Transportation Assistance Act can be read in a letter that was written to Faye Willis after Greyhound Bus Lines refused to let Lewis Seals come back to work after “booking off” fatigue.
The notice letter to Greyhound Bus Lines can be read here.
In order to gain exposure, I must go to traditional media outlets. One such outlet is PRWEB. I submitted my press release to them, and they refused it based on their policy and procedures. It is important to note that they can refuse any press release at their discretion. However, after my press release was placed on hold and subsequently denied after making the edits that they deemed necessary, one might question their motive. Is PRWEB under political pressure not to publish press releases from Lewis Seals or Lewis Seals Publishing? Does this type of thing actually happen? I cannot speculate on this issue; however, I have uploaded the edits that they wanted me to make and their ultimate denial.
The edits that they wanted me to make, and the denial e-mail have been uploaded to the “repository of documents” and can be read at the links below.
Ultimately, I was able to submit the press release to a lesser-known brand prlog.org. The link to the press release is here. The wording has not changed from the PRWEB release. You may also read it below:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 17, 2017 - PRLog -- Lewis Seals, the owner of Lewis Seals Publishing, and a former Greyhound bus driver has decided to take his whistleblower complaint straight to the public after inaction from the federal government. Lewis Seals filed a whistleblower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against Greyhound Bus Lines on or about September 10, 2016.
The OSHA case styled Lewis Seals v. Greyhound Bus Lines, (4-1760-17-015) alleged that Greyhound Bus Lines illegally violated the employee protection provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA). The complaint further alleges that Greyhound Bus Lines has created a "climate" where a bus driver may drive a bus fatigued for "fear" of losing their job and that Greyhound Bus Lines retaliates against individuals who assert their "protected rights" under this act. The complaint also alleges, "This could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of individuals who ride Greyhound Bus Lines."
A copy of the complaint can be found at https://lewisseals.com and is self-explanatory.
Under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has 60 days after receiving a complaint to conduct an investigation, decide whether it is reasonable to believe the complaint has merit, and notify, in writing, the complainant and the person alleged to have committed the violation of the findings.
Lewis Seals had this to say about the complaint:
"We all have made mistakes in life; I have made many. This is not about getting revenge. It is about how the United States government has "systematically blackballed"
Those following my web posts and online Twitter account may not totally understand "exactly" what is going on but it will be explained in detail in my book, "The Government, The Mafia and Greyhound Bus Lines." Those who do "understand" should not be worried about me as the Lord protects me and this is not my doing. Several individuals have gone "too far" and they know exactly what they have done. I am not out to get "revenge" nor am I trying to "prevail," I already have the "VICTORY" in Christ Jesus. God bless you!