Matthew C. Kronyak
Special Representative and
Director of Mobilization, Eastern Region
Matthew C. Kronyak, BLET Division 235 (Union City, N.J.), was appointed to a full time Special Representative position by BLET National Division President Dennis R. Pierce effective November 1, 2014.
A focus of Brother Kronyak’s position is to arrange facilities and coordinate meeting space for Brotherhood functions while also handling other duties as assigned by the National President.
“I am pleased to welcome Matt Kronyak to our National Division staff and I know he will work tirelessly on behalf of the National Division and all members of our Brotherhood,” President Pierce said. “Brother Kronyak has been with the National Division on a part-time basis for over a year now, and has done an excellent job during that period. It became necessary to add him on a full-time basis to handle the growing number of meetings in the years to come, including the National Division’s increasing involvement in the regional meeting process beginning in 2016.”
Brother Kronyak hired out on Conrail as a trainman on February 23, 1993. He attended Conrail’s Engineer Training School in Conway, Pa., prior to earning promotion to locomotive engineer on May 26, 1995. He first joined the BLET on December 1, 1995, and has held continuous membership ever since. In 1999, when Conrail was split between Norfolk Southern and CSX, Brother Kronyak elected to work for CSX.
Immediately prior to his full-time appointment, Brother Kronyak served as Chairman of the New Jersey State Legislative Board (NJSLB). He was first elected to that position on March 26, 2010, and then reelected by acclamation in March of 2013. Brother Kronyak also served as Local Chairman of BLET Division 235 (Union City, N.J.) and also Vice Chairman of the Conrail (SAA-CSX Northern District) General Committee of Adjustment. He was elected Local Chairman of Division 235 in 2000 and has held the position for the past 14 years, having been reelected by acclamation four times.
Since 2001, Brother Kronyak has attended and successfully completed numerous classes offered by the BLET Education and Training Department at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies/ National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., and at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md. He has completed the following training for BLET officers: Local Chairman workshop, an Advanced Local Chairman class, a General Chairman’s workshop, a Legislative Representative’s training class, and a State Legislative Board Chairman’s workshop.
“Dedication and knowledge through education are two of the things that make for a good union officer,” Brother Kronyak said. “I have won many discipline cases over the past 14 years, and if not for the training I received through the BLET’s Education and Training Department, I do not believe I would have had the know-how to win some of them.”
One of Brother Kronyak’s proudest accomplishments as Chairman of the NJSLB was facilitating a formal Affiliation Agreement between his State Legislative Board and Teamsters Joint Council #73, which represents over 62,000 Teamsters within New York and New Jersey. It marked the first time in the United States that a BLET subordinate body became affiliated with Teamster Joint Council. Both Teamsters General President Hoffa and BLET National President Pierce signed off on the agreement.
Brother Kronyak has been married to his wife Cathy for over 26 years. They have a 21-year-old son, Matthew. The family has lived in New Jersey all of their lives and they enjoy spending weekends out on the lake.