David P. Estes was elected by acclamation to serve as a National Division Trustee at the BLET’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014.
Brother Estes is an Amtrak locomotive engineer who works the Cascades service between Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. He is a member of Division 60 (Seattle) and is currently serving as Vice General Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the Amtrak General Committee of Adjustment, as well as Local Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of Division 60.
Brother Estes began his railroad career with Amtrak in 1991 at Seattle, Wash. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1997 and joined the BLET Division 60 effective October 1, 1997. In 2001, he was elected to the office of Division 60 Local Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer. In 2005, he was elected as the Alternate Secretary-Treasurer of the Amtrak General Committee of Adjustment and ascended to the GCA Secretary-Treasurer position in November 2007.
Brother Estes represented Division 60 as their delegate to the BLET First National Convention in 2006, Second National Convention 2010, and the Third National Convention 2014. During the 2014 convention, Brother Estes also served as Chairman of the Salaries Committee.
Throughout his career, Brother Estes has directly participated in most aspects of both Local Division and General Committee of Adjustment membership representation, including time claims, discipline handling, Locomotive Engineer Review Board (LERB) submissions and contract negotiations. In his role as GCA Secretary-Treasurer, Brother Estes works closely with the 25 Division Secretary-Treasurers across the entire Amtrak system. In addition, he has attended each of the past nine LM-2 Secretary-Treasurer workshops offered by the BLET Education and Training Department from 2006 to 2014.
Brother Estes and his wife Toria have been married since May of 1991. They reside in Anderson Island, Wash., with their three children: Alec, Sam and Olivia. He enjoys cooking for his family and working on their Puget Sound property. He commutes to work by bicycle year-round in the often-wet Pacific Northwest.