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BLET to conduct Legislative Representatives class in July

CLEVELAND, March 7 — The BLET Education & Training Department, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office and the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC), will conduct a class for BLET Division Legislative Representatives in Washington, D.C., from July 25-27, 2017.

The class will take place at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters. All-day classroom training begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, and run through Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Among other topics, the curriculum will cover:

• Computer skills (principles of letter writing and database management);
• Regulatory affairs (reporting and documenting important issues);
• Political affairs (the anatomy of elections, how a bill becomes law, communications skills and correspondence with politicians);
• Understanding individual State Legislative Board bylaws; and
• Trustee responsibilities.

Upon completion of the classroom training, attendees will participate in a full day of lobbying on Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 27, with the travel day home scheduled for Friday, July 28.

Participation in this class is limited to the first 20 who register. Curriculum will be geared toward Division Legislative Representatives and new State Legislative Board Chairmen.

Those who successfully complete the July 25-26 classroom portion will be eligible for a $91.00 stipend, for classroom days only, from the North American Railway Foundation (www.narfoundation.org). Depending on the class, the stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division, Division President, General Committee of Adjustment, or State Legislative Board.

The North American Railway Foundation (NARF) is a non-profit 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 non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada. 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.

Attendees must register for the LR Class no later than June 15, 2017 through the BLET website at: www.ble-t.org/lr.

After registering through the BLET website, class attendees will receive an e-mail containing hotel reservation information. The BLET has acquired a special hotel room block for this class at the rate from $199 per night. Hotel reservations must be made by Thursday June 15, 2017. After June 15, we cannot guarantee you will get the rate quoted above. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs and any expenses for room and board.

Participants planning to bring family members may contact the BLET National Legislative Office for help in scheduling a tour of the Capitol. If interested, please call (202) 624-8776.

For more information, please contact Jason Wright, Special Representative and Director of the BLET Education & Training Department: office, (216) 241-2630 ext. 247; cell, (216) 296-4447; or email wright@ble-t.org. Registration to attend must be submitted by Thursday, June 15, 2017.

The National Division will periodically release new class dates so don’t forget to check the Education & Training Department’s area of the BLET website for upcoming classes covering the following subjects:

• Legislative Representative Class, Washington, D.C.
• Local Chairman Class, Independence, Ohio
• Advanced Local Chairman Class, Independence, Ohio
• General Chairman Class, Independence, Ohio
• Secretary-Treasurer Class, Independence, Ohio

Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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