R.E. “Dick” Crow is National Division Trustee of the 57,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by at the BLET's Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018.
Brother Crow currently serves as General Chairman of the Union Pacific-Northern Region General Committee of Adjustment (UP-NR GCA), which represents approximately 1,200 active locomotive engineers and trainmen who work for the Union Pacific Railroad and Metra commuter lines. He is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and a member of BLET Division 404 (Chicago, Illinois).
Brother Crow began his railroad career in 1996 when he hired out as a trainman with the Union Pacific in Chicago, earning promotion to locomotive engineer in June of 1999. He has held continuous membership in BLET Division 404 since June 1, 1999.
Throughout his union career, Brother Crow has been an active and involved leader. In 2003, he was elected Vice Local Chairman of Division 404, winning election to the office of Local Chairman in 2006 and again in 2009. In 2010, Brother Crow was elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the UP-NR GCA. In a show of dedication to the Brotherhood and its members, Brother Crow relocated to Clinton, Iowa, when he was elevated to the office of 1st Vice Chairman in September of 2012. He was elevated to the office of General Chairman in December of 2012 and was reelected General Chairman at the GCA's quadrennial meetings in 2014 and 2018.
Brother Crow has served on the Executive Board of the BLET's Western General Chairman's Association (WGCA) since 2013. He was a delegate to the BLET's Second National Convention in 2010 and a BLET delegate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 29th International Convention in 2016.
While serving as a Local Chairman, Brother Crow participated in successful negotiation of a New York Dock Implementing Agreement from 2007-2010. He also successfully completed grievance mediation training in April of 2017.
Brother Crow and his brother, Randall J. Crow, both hired out on the Union Pacific on the same day in 1996. Brother Crow has two children, Tyler and Ryan. His son Tyler hired out on the railroad in February of 2012.
His hobbies include golfing and shooting pool and darts.