Steve Bruno is National Secretary-Treasurer of the 53,500-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation to the BLET’s top financial post at the union’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014. Immediately prior to that, NST Bruno had been serving the BLET as a National Vice President since January 1, 2011, a position he was elected to by acclamation in October of 2010 at the BLET’s Second National Convention in Reno, Nevada.
NST Bruno is a member of BLET Division 71 in Philadelphia, and is a certified locomotive engineer for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). He began his railroad career with SEPTA in August of 1984, and was promoted to locomotive engineer in May 1985. He joined the Brotherhood on September 1, 1985.
NST Bruno serves as National Chairman of the BLET Safety Task Force (STF), the rail industry’s first employee-base accident investigation team. National President Dennis R. Pierce appointed Brother Bruno to that position effective May 1, 2014.
Immediately prior to his 2010 election as Vice President, Brother Bruno served the BLET as the Director of Regulatory Affairs. Headquartered at the BLET’s National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C., Bruno represented the interests of BLET members in all regulatory matters, including those before the Department of Transportation, National Mediation Board, National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Security Administration, among others. In addition to responding to the variety of creative waiver petitions sought by various railroads, some of the issues Brother Bruno worked on include: Hours of Service, Record Keeping, Implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), Passenger Hours of Service, Conductor Certification, Use of electronic devices (EO-26), Medical Standards, Risk Reduction Programs and Fatigue Management Plans.
During his years of service to the Brotherhood, he served four terms as General Chairman of the SEPTA General Committee of Adjustment. He also served five terms as local chairman of Division 71. In this capacity, he handled grievance, arbitration and certification processes, bargaining, and local regulatory issues. He also served as a delegate to several BLE/BLET National and International Conventions (1990-2009), and as a delegate to the Teamster Convention in 2006.
As General Chairman and Local Chairman, NST Bruno handled hundreds of grievance and arbitration cases and consistently won important victories for BLET members and their families in many forums. He has represented them at Public Law Boards, Special Boards of Adjustment, the First Division of the National Railroad Adjustment Board and the Locomotive Engineer Review Board. As General Chairman, Brother Bruno handled six separate collective bargaining rounds, which included making presentations and arguments before three Presidential Emergency Boards.
As Vice President, Brother Bruno predominantly assisted the BLET’s Passenger and Commuter General Committees of Adjustment in their representational responsibilities. Major collective bargaining events include assisting the CP, CN and Metra General Committees of Adjustment reach agreement on a seven year contract that provided BLET members with 21.2% in general wage increases, a 23.8% increase in the employers’ contribution to our deferred compensation program, and a 38% increase in the membership’s certification allowance. Brother Bruno has faithfully served the SEPTA General Committee of Adjustment in its contract negotiations and dealings with the National Mediation Board. He assisted the General Committee in a strike against that carrier in 2014, later coordinating preparations and presentation to Presidential Emergency Board 246. Brother Bruno’s Vice Presidential assignments also included the Long Island Railroad General Committee of Adjustment, the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations General Committee of Adjustment and the Port Authority Trans Hudson Railroad -- all of which were in mediation under the supervision of the National Mediation Board at the beginning of 2015.
He and his wife Ginny were married on September 25, 1982. The couple resides in Philadelphia and has two children, Andrea and Sam. In his spare time, Vice President Bruno enjoys fishing, golf, bicycling and hiking.