Gil L. Gore is National of the 53,500-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was reelected by acclamation at the BLET’s Third National Convention on October 1, 2014. He was elected National Vice President by acclamation at the BLET’s Second National Convention in October of 2010.
He was elected to the position of Fourth-Alternate Vice President at the BLET’s First Quadrennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2006. He eventually worked his way up to the first-alternate vice president position, and was promoted to the Advisory Board on December 17, 2009.
Gore joined BLET Division 193 in Gretna, La., on February 1, 1974, and is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer. The past 41 years of his life have been devoted to serving the Brotherhood and its members.
Vice President Gore served Division 193 as Local Chairman for 20 years from 1980 to 2000. He was elected Vice General Chairman of the Union Pacific-Southern Region GCofA in 1986, an office held until 1998. In 2000, he was elected to the General Chairmanís position on the UP-SR GCofA, which he held until his elevation to Vice President in 2009.
He has also served as Chairman of the Bylaws Committee at the 2001 and 2006 BLET national conventions.
Brother Gore represented the membership in all facets of union work including arbitration regarding discipline, protection, and work rules through out his 30-year career. He negotiated the first-ever lodging entitlement for members who were force-assigned away from home on the BLET Southern Region General Committee. Also, he negotiated important ebb-and-flow provisions that benefitted both trainmen and engineers by allowing them to work at their home location.
His railroad career began in 1973, when he hired out as a fireman on the Texas and Pacific Railroad on July 26th. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer on December of 1973.
As National Vice President, Gore is assigned to assist the following railroad properties: CSXT and Tallyrand Railroads.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve the membership of the BLET as Vice President,” Brother Gore said. “I look forward to working with President Pierce and the members of the Advisory Board for the betterment of our Brotherhood.”
Brother Gore graduated from Weatherford High School in 1967. He was selected to play in the Texasí High School Coaches Association All Star Game in San Antonio in the summer of 1967. He received a football scholarship to attend Howard Payne University (HPU) in Brownwood, Texas, where he received various football honors. He graduated from HPU in 1972 receiving his BBA in Accounting with a minor in Government along with a teaching certificate for the State of Texas.
Brother Gore and his wife Denise reside in Harvey, La. Brother Gil is the proud father of two children, Jared and Emily. His hobbies are cooking, computing, photography and spending precious time with his family and friends.