Mark L. Wallace is National Vice President of the 57,500-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation at the union's Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018.
At the time of his election, Vice President Wallace was serving as a National Division Trustee and as General Chairman of the Norfolk Southern-Southern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), which represents 43 Divisions with over 3,000 members. He was elected by acclamation to the General Chairman's position on May 8, 2012 and again in 2016. He was elected by acclamation to the office of National Division Trustee at the BLET's Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014.
Prior to his election to General Chairman, Brother Wallace served as the full time 2nd Vice General Chairman. He is currently an active member of BLET Division 267 (Asheville, N.C.), having joined the Brotherhood on February 1, 1997.
He began his railroad career as a carman with Norfolk Southern in 1993 transferring to the craft of conductor in 1996. In 1998, Brother Wallace successfully completed his locomotive engineer training and attained seniority as a locomotive engineer.
Brother Wallace began his service to the union immediately after joining Division 267. He served as an appointed Local Chairman to trainmen/conductors and Vice Local Chairman before becoming Local Chairman in 2000. He has served as delegate to the BLET National Conventions in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2014 having served on the Credentials Committee in 2001. Brother Wallace was also elected as 9th Alternate Vice President at the 2001 convention and 1st Alternate Vice President in 2014.. He served as the Southeast Caucus Chairman in 2006 and is currently the Chairman of the Southeastern General Chairman's Association.
Prior to his railroad career, Brother Wallace attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Ray C. Wallace, who was a locomotive engineer, Local Chairman and General Chairman from 1986-2008. His mother Janie was very active in the Grand International Auxiliary (GIA), serving as a national officer, and also served as Executive Secretary of the NS-Southern Lines GCA for many years.
Brother Wallace has participated in every facet of membership representation at many levels, beginning at the grassroots level and working his way up through the local level to the General Committee and the National Division. He has served as Vice Local Chairman, Local Chairman, 4th Vice General Chairman, 3rd Vice General Chairman, 2nd Vice General Chairman, General Chairman, 9th Alternate Vice President, 1st Alternate Vice President and National Division Trustee.
As General Chairman, Brother Wallace has participated in many on-property negotiations with Norfolk Southern, including negotiations for the current wage package negotiated in 2015. He served on the National Wage Team in the round of National bargaining that resulted in the current National Agreement. He was assigned as a member of the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Two Person Crew working group. He manages all day to day issues arising on his general committee as well as all on-property handling of time claims, discipline claims, and protective benefits. He is also the Administrator of the short term disability plan for all engineers on the Norfolk Southern property as well as serving as a fiduciary on the negotiated 401K plan.
Brother Wallace was born October 4, 1969. He and his wife, Rhonda, have a daughter, Morgan, and sons, Presley and Carson. They also have a granddaughter, Paisley. In his free time, Brother Wallace enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and watching his boys play sports.