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Ronnie Rhodes reelected UP-Central Region General Chairman

CLEVELAND, January 11 — Ronnie E. Rhodes was reelected to the office of General Chairman at the Union Pacific-Central Region General Committee of Adjustment’s quadrennial meeting held last week in North Little Rock, Ark.

Brother Rhodes is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and a member of Division 915 (Alexandria, La.). He first joined the Brotherhood on March 1, 1980.

Brother Rhodes has been serving as General Chairman since October 1, 2011. He was elected to the office of 1st Vice Chairman at the GCA’s quadrennial meeting in January of 2008.

Also elected were: Kyle Bagby, 1st Vice Chairman (Division 81, Kansas City, Kan.); Bob Law, Kansas City Hub Vice General Chairman and 1st Alternate Vice General Chairman (Division 491, Kansas City, Mo.); Dave Grimes, St. Louis Hub Vice General Chairman and 2nd Alternate Vice General Chairman (Division 42, St. Louis, Mo.); and Norman Baker, North Little Rock Hub Vice General Chairman and 3rd Alternate Vice General Chairman (Division 585, North Little Rock, Ark.). Kevin Leyerle of Division 81 (Kansas City, Kan.) was reelected to the office of GCA Secretary-Treasurer.

The following alternate officers were also elected: Chris Mullin, Kansas City Hub Alternate Vice Chairman (Division 336, Osawatomie, Kan.); Brian Young, St. Louis Hub Alternate Vice Chairman (Division 48, St. Louis, Mo.); Jay Callaway, North Little Rock Hub Alternate Vice Chairman (Division 858, Pine Bluff, Ark.); and Scott Thibodeau, Alternate Secretary-Treasurer (Division 81, Kansas City, Kan.)

Special guests attending the meeting included: BLET National President Dennis Pierce; 1st Vice President E. Lee Pruitt; National Secretary Bill Walpert; National Vice President Gil Gore; National Vice President Mike Twombly; Union Pacific-Western Lines General Chairman Bill Hannah; Union Pacific-Southern Region General Chairman Warren Dent; Texas State Legislative Board Chairman Terry Briggs; Arkansas State Legislative Board Chairman Terry Todd; and Louisiana State Legislative Board Chairman Arlin Todd.

“I offer my congratulations to General Chairman Rhodes and all officers of the Union Pacific-Central Region General Committee of Adjustment,” National President Pierce said. “Brother Rhodes is a dedicated General Chairman and our Union Pacific Brothers and Sisters will no doubt benefit from his diligence and hard work. I have every confidence that these officers will move the General Committee forward together in the spirit of Brotherhood and solidarity.”

On October 1, 2011, Brother Rhodes moved from the 1st Vice Chairman’s position to the General Chairman’s office following the retirement of Charlie Rightnowar. Brother Rightnowar, a member of BLET Division 724 (Salem, Ill.), had served as General Chairman of the UP-Central Region General Committee since July of 1990.

The BLET’s UP-Central Region General Committee of Adjustment encompasses 20 BLET Divisions in six different states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Iowa), and represents approximately 1,400 members.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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