Richard C. Bartela, Jr.
Richard C. Bartela Jr., a member of BLET Division 382 (Buffalo, N.Y.), has been appointed as a Special Representative by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce effective July 1, 2017.
Immediately prior to his full-time appointment, Brother Bartela had served as a part time Special Representative since May of 2016. His duties will include auditing Divisions, General Committees of Adjustment and State Legislative Boards, and other duties as assigned by the National President. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Special Representative Richard A. Olson.
“Rich Bartela’s strong accounting background and knowledge of the Brotherhood makes him ideally qualified for the role of Special Representative,” President Pierce said. “I am proud to welcome him aboard as a member of our National Division staff.”
Brother Bartela hired out as a conductor trainee with Conrail in February of 1999 at Buffalo, N.Y. He was forced to Norfolk Southern in June of 1999 following the Conrail split, at which point he began working out of Olean, N.Y. He quit the NS in July of 1999 and hired with CSX at Buffalo, N.Y., working as a conductor. He joined BLET Division 382 in December of 2000 and earned promotion to locomotive engineer in March of 2001.
Brother Bartela has nearly a decade of experience as a union officer. He was elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of Division 382 in January of 2009, winning reelection in 2012 and 2015. Also in 2015, he was elected Alternate Secretary-Treasurer of the Conrail SSA/CSXT-Northern District General Committee of Adjustment.
Brother Bartela attended Penn State-Behrend College and graduated in 1997 with a BS in Accounting and a minor in Economics.
“I am honored to be appointed as a Special Representative by President Pierce,” Brother Bartela said. “I look forward to working at the National Division and helping out all of my Brothers and Sisters in the BLET.”
In his free time, Brother Bartela enjoys traveling, photography and model railroading.