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!