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BLET to host two Secretary-Treasurer workshops in early 2013

CLEVELAND, December 28 — The BLET’s Education and Training Department is hosting two expanded Secretary-Treasurer Training Workshops in February and April of the New Year.

The first is in Linthicum Heights, Md. (near Baltimore), from February 10-14, 2013, and second is in Vancouver, Wash., from April 1-5, 2013.

All Secretary-Treasurers for Divisions, State Legislative Boards and General Committees of Adjustment are invited to attend. Those who are interested should register as soon as possible. Attendance is limited to the first 24 who register. Secretary-Treasurers must register for the workshop online through the BLET website at: www.ble-t.org/st.

Training in the Baltimore-area workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, and continues all day Monday through Wednesday, February 11-13. A dinner/banquet will be provided Wednesday evening and an optional training session in Microsoft Excel will be offered on Thursday morning, February 14. The training in Vancouver will follow the same format, except that the class begins on a Monday and concludes with the optional half-day of training on Friday morning.

Secretary-Treasurers will be trained in a number of areas, including how to use the BLET National Division’s web-based reporting system for membership reporting and tax compliance. During the four-day session, members will also learn proper record keeping techniques, minute-taking, and methods for filing various Department of Labor, and Railroad Retirement reports. The workshop will also focus on filing Internal Revenue Service Federal tax returns.

BLET National Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert, who serves as Director of the BLET Education & Training Department, said the Baltimore workshop will help Secretary-Treasurers prepare to properly file their annual Department of Labor reports, which are due on March 30, 2013. He said some changes have been implemented since last year regarding the filing of LM reports, and that these changes will be explained in class.

In addition to NST Walpert, workshop presenters will include; Ken Kroeger, Special Representative and Coordinator, Education & Training Department; Dr. Elaine Reese, Director of Compliance; Louise Reich, Director of Records; and Walt Schmidt, Director of Online Services.

The BLET National Division pays the costs of books and equipment, while Secretary-Treasurers who attend are responsible for their transportation costs as well as their room and board.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will qualify for a $123 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). The stipends will be paid directly to the Division.

The North American Railway Foundation is a non-profit operating foundation formed by the Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) to support rail history, education, safety and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BR&CF, NARF has supported many varied non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past 15 years. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor… giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across North America.

Secretary-Treasurers must register for the workshop online through the BLET website at: www.ble-t.org/st.

After registering online, workshop attendees will receive an e-mail confirmation that will include hotel registration information. Attendees are responsible for their transportation costs, along with the cost of room and board.

For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLET Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or kroeger@ble-t.org.

Friday, December 28, 2012

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