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Jeff Thurman reelected General Chairman of BNSF (former SLSF)/MNA GCA

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 8 — Jeffrey L. Thurman was reelected by acclamation to his second term as General Chairman of the BNSF (former SLSF)/MNA General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) at the GCA’s quadrennial meeting in St. Louis, Mo., held from May 23-25, 2017.

A BNSF locomotive engineer and member of BLET Division 172 (Fort Worth, Texas), Brother Thurman was elected by acclamation to serve the GCA as 3rd Vice General Chairman in 2009, a position he was reelected to by acclamation for a second time in 2013. In June of 2013, he was elevated to the office of General Chairman when R.C. (Rick) Gibbons was elevated to serve on the BLET Advisory Board as a National Vice President.

Also elected by acclamation during the quadrennial meeting was: 1st Vice Chairman Randy J. Dumey, Division 595 (Chaffee, Mo.); Secretary-Treasurer William D. Honeycutt, Division 285 (Thayer, Mo.); 2nd Vice Chairman H.C. Rolen, Division 285 (Thayer, Mo.); 3rd Vice Chairman Kyle W. King, Division 578 (Tulsa, Okla.); 4th Vice Chairman Brett D. Jones, Division 386 (Birmingham, Ala.); 1st Alternate Vice Chairman Christopher M. Philips, Division 172 (Fort Worth, Texas): and 2nd Alternate Vice Chairman Daniel Holdcroft, Division 502 (Kansas City, Mo.). Brother William E. Brake, Division 237 (Fort Scott, Kan.), was elected Alternate Secretary-Treasurer.

Appointed to the Audit Committee were: Kyle W. King, Division 578 (Tulsa, Okla.); Bobby J. Szenasi, Division 604 (Madill, Okla.); and Daniel Holdcroft, Division 502 (Kansas City, Mo.).

Representing the BLET National Division at the meeting were: National President Dennis R. Pierce; First Vice President E. Lee Pruitt; Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman; National Vice President Michael D. Priester; and National Vice President R.C. (Rick) Gibbons.

“I am proud to congratulate Brother Thurman along will all officers of the BNSF (former SLSF)/MNA General Committee of Adjustment,” President Pierce said. “I thank these Brothers for making the time to serve our Brotherhood, and I have every confidence they will continue doing an excellent job of protecting the rights of our Brothers and Sisters working for the BNSF.”

Special guests from throughout the Brotherhood included: Brian Kelley, Missouri State Legislative Board Chairman; David Spradlin, Kansas City Southern General Chairman; Alan Holdcraft, BNSF (ATSF) General Chairman; Robby Cunningham, BNSF (ATSF) Vice General Chairman; Chris Mosser, BNSF (ATSF) Secretary-Treasurer; Bobby Brown, BNSF (FW&D-C&S-CRI&P) General Chairman; Joe Berlin, BNSF (FW&D-C&S-CRI&P) Vice General Chairman; Tim Williamson, BNSF (FW&D-C&S-CRI&P) Secretary-Treasurer; Jerry LaPrath, BNSF/MRL General Chairman; and Kent Psota, BNSF/MRL Vice General Chairman.

Mary Shaver of the Federal Railroad Administration (Region VI) was a guest speaker at the quadrennial meeting.

Additionally, all Local Chairmen in attendance received BLET Years of Service pins, which were presented by National President Pierce.

Brother Thurman hired out with the Burlington Northern at Enid, Okla., on February 11, 1994. He was promoted to conductor on March 25, 1994, and earned promotion to locomotive engineer on April 19, 1995. He transferred his seniority to Fort Worth, Texas, in September of 2002, and he joined the Brotherhood on September 1, 2003.

He has been an involved and active BLET member throughout his railroad career. Brother Thurman has served as Vice Local Chairman of Division 604 and as Local Chairman of Division 172. He represented his Division as a Delegate to the BLET’s First National Convention in 2006, and has represented the BLET as a Delegate to the Teamsters International Convention. Also, Brother Thurman has served on the National Division Arrangements Committee at the BLET’s Second National Convention in 2010 and Third National Convention in 2014.

The BNSF SLSF/MNA General Committee of Adjustment represents nearly 800 locomotive engineers from 16 different divisions, including engineers and trainmen for the BNSF Railway and the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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