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Title: Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment Location: Dallas Age: 38 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Fritz J. Aldrine II has little regard for how corporate America typically treats employees. “They ignore what makes people happy,” he says. As the man responsible for preventing more than 30 union certifications and the co-author of “Why Work Isn’t Working Anymore,” Aldrine has made it his business to learn what makes people happy: “Relationships with other people.” “People think when unions come in and try to unionize, it’s about money or benefits. It’s about employee happiness and respect,” he says. Aldrine has earned his fair share of respect from Greyhound Lines Inc. in the nine years since 1996, when he left the Dallas City Attorney’s Office to take over the transportation company’s labor and employment work. He spent that time developing an enviable niche practice combating union-representation campaigns, boasting a far-above-average 80 percent success rate. “Nine times out of 10 there’s a common ground to be found,” Aldrine says. Jim Karger, a longtime outside counsel and Aldrine’s co-author on his book, says Aldrine has “the ability to be very confident, but at the same time an ability to deal with people on a human basis. He’s sort of beyond his years in experience in this area.” That’s high praise from Karger, a veteran � and somewhat unorthodox � union-avoidance lawyer and corporate adviser. Aldrine’s boss, Greyhound general counsel Mark Southerst, is also a believer. “I have the highest regard for him. He’s done a terrific job for us,” he says. Southerst says he is proud of the company’s ability to keep local bus-terminal unionizing to a minimum. Although Greyhound has long had union-represented drivers and mechanics, local terminal campaigns increased after Aldrine arrived. But Aldrine, with the assistance of Karger and other outside counsel, has been able to keep up with the demand, as well as handling the rest of his labor and employment tasks. It’s a big task, Southerst says. “He’s the only in-house counsel we have to really handle all of those issues for 10,000 employees.” Aldrine also can strike a great bargain for outside counsel fees � a valuable skill for any lawyer � but vital in the cash-strapped post-Sept. 11, 2001, transportation industry, Southerst says. Outside counsel fees have dropped by one-third during the past 10 years, Southerst says, and Aldrine has been at Greyhound for nine of them. “We’re constantly thrown into very, very difficult situations that we have to battle on our own. Working at Greyhound is really a place where you work under fire,” he says. Which is where Aldrine’s “grace under fire,” as Karger puts it, comes in handy.

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