Marcus J. Ruef is National Vice President of the 57,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was reelected by acclamation to his fourth consecutive term at the BLET's Fourth National Convention on October 3, 2018. He was first elected Vice President in 2006, and was reelected in 2010 and 2014.
Brother Ruef began his railroad career in June 1973, hiring out as a block operator for Penn Central. In 1976, he transferred to engine service, and earned promotion to Locomotive Engineer in 1978. After his territory was divided by the Northeast Rail Services Act (NERSA) in 1983, Brother Ruef worked at Metro North until 1985, when he transferred to Norfolk Southern. After establishing himself on the Washington District, he joined Division 143 in Manassas, Virginia, where he became the Legislative Representative, and ultimately served as the Secretary-Treasurer and First Vice Chairman of the Virginia State Legislative Board.
In 1997, Brother Ruef was appointed to serve BLE as Assistant Director of the Arbitration Department, and also appointed as a Labor Member of the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB) in Chicago. He served in these roles until 2006, when he was elected Vice President. In 2009, he was appointed Head of the BLET Arbitration Department. Since 2010, he has represented BLET alternate years as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the full NRAB. He is also a Labor Member of the National Mediation Board Arbitration Advisory Form, and in that role represents all of rail labor in matters involving the administration of Section 3 of the Railway Labor Act. He also assists the General Chairmen representing engineers at the CN/Illinois Central, CN/Wisconsin Central, Canadian Pacific/Soo Line/DM&E (including Indiana Southern), Indiana Harbor Belt (including Illinois Railway), Belt Railway of Chicago, Metra, GRR and the Union Railroad.