Mark L. Wallace 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 Wallace is currently serving as General Chairman of the Norfolk Southern-Southern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), representing 47 Divisions with over 3,000 members. He was elected by acclamation to the General Chairman’s position on May 8, 2012.
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, and 2010, having served on the Credentials Committee in 2001. Brother Wallace was also elected as 9th Alternate Vice President at the 2001 convention. He served as the Southeast Caucus Chairman in 2006 and is currently in his second term as 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. When asked when he attended his first union meeting, Brother Wallace he often replies “at birth.”
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 up to the General Committee level. He has served as Vice Local Chairman, Local Chairman, 4th Vice General Chairman, 3rd Vice General Chairman, 2nd Vice General Chairman and ultimately General Chairman.
As General Chairman, Brother Wallace has participated in many on-property negotiations with Norfolk Southern, including negotiations for the on-property wage package that has been the standard since 1996 on that property. He will be assigned to the National Wage and Rule team in the next round of National bargaining as the representative from the Southeastern General Chairman’s Association. 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 brand new granddaughter, Paisley. In his free time, Brother Wallace enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and watching his boys play sports.