Hahs new BLE PresidentMIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 28 -- Delegates at the BLE's Seventh Quinquennial International Convention yesterday elected Don Hahs to the office of International President.
In a run-off election that began on September 26, Brother Hahs received a 417-211 majority of the votes. An incumbent member of the BLE's Advisory Board, he was first elected to the office of International Vice-President five years ago.
Coming to the Brotherhood's top post was an emotionally draining experience for President Hahs, who nevertheless remained focused on the business at hand.
"There are many pressing issues to be dealt with," said President Hahs, who specifically mentioned the Brotherhood's contentious relationship with the UTU, obtaining a fair and equitable national contract, and the BLE's financial status.
In his acceptance speech, President Hahs took a firm but even-handed stance on the current situation with the United Transportation Union (UTU).
"We must demonstrate that we can serve the collective memberships of both organizations better by working together," President Hahs said. "We have to find a common ground and stop wasting the memberships' money.
"On the other side of the coin, we'll do whatever we can, with whomever we can to protect our right to exist. If we have to fight, I will personally be on the Kansas City Southern with every other ID officer and we will fight to win."
The members of the new Advisory Board are:
Don Hahs, International President
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