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BLETís Western General Chairmen conclude annual meeting

CLEVELAND, May 22 ó The BLET Western General Chairmen''''s Association (WGCA) held its annual meeting in Las Vegas from May 12-14, 2014.

All officers were reelected to one-year terms: Chairman Matt O. Wilson (General Chairman, BNSF/MRL); Vice Chairman John W. Reynolds (General Chairman, CN-Wisconsin Central); and Secretary-Treasurer J. Alan Holdcraft (General Chairman, BNSF-former AT&SF). Also reelected were Executive Committee Members Sam W. Parker (General Chairman, Kansas City Southern) and J. Warren Dent (General Chairman, Union Pacific-Southern Region).

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce congratulated all officers and thanked them for their ongoing dedication to the Brotherhood. National President Pierce addressed the body along with: First Vice President E. Lee Pruitt; National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert; and Vice President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman.

President Pierce, a former Chairman of the WGCA, addressed the body regarding the major issues being handled at the National Division. First Vice President Pruitt provided information regarding his assignments and NST Walpert provided an update on the Brotherhood''''s finances. Vice President Tolman updated the group regarding the latest in Washington, D.C.

The group also heard from three additional guest speakers. BLET Director of Regulatory Affairs Vincent G. Verna brought everyone up to speed on the RSAC process. General Counsel Mike Wolly gave a presentation outlining the relationship between New York Dock and Article IX of Arbitration Award 458. The group also heard from Joe Riley, a railroad safety specialist with the Federal Railroad Administration.

The WGCA''''s membership includes the General Chairmen from the Western region of the United States. They meet annually for the purpose of discussing a wide range of issues.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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