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Ronnie Rhodes reelected to third term as UP-Central General Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 15 — Ronnie E. Rhodes was reelected by acclamation to his third full term as General Chairman at the Union Pacific-Central Regional General Committee of Adjustment’s quadrennial meeting in New Orleans, La., October 8-9, 2019. All other officers of the GCA were also elected by acclamation.

Brother Rhodes is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and a member of Division 915 (Alexandria, La.). He first joined the Brotherhood on March 1, 1980. Brother Rhodes has been serving as General Chairman since October 1, 2011, and was elected to the office of 1st Vice General Chairman at the GCA’s quadrennial meeting in 2008. He was reelected by acclamation to continue serving as General Chairman at quadrennial meetings in 2011 and 2015.

Also elected were: Vice General Chairman Kyle J. Bagby, Division 81 (Kansas City, Kan.); Secretary-Treasurer and Kansas City Hub Vice General Chairman Scott D. Thibodeau, Division 81 (Kansas City, Kan.); Executive Committee Member Kevin S. Leyerle, Division 81 (Kansas City, Kan.); Little Rock Hub Vice General Chairman Norman J. Baker, Division 585 (North Little Rock, Ark.); and St. Louis Hub Vice General Chairman Brian J. Young, Division 48 (St. Louis, Mo.).

The following Alternate officers were also elected: Alternate Secretary-Treasurer and Kansas City Hub Alternate Vice General Chairman Chris S. Mullin, Division 336 (Osawatomie, Kan.); Little Rock Hub Alternate Vice General Chairman Kim Thomas, Division 182 (North Little Rock, Ark.); and St. Louis Hub Alternate Vice General Chairman Michael L. Gurley, Division 42 (St. Louis, Mo.). Additionally, Brother Baker was elected 1st Alternate Vice General Chairman; Brother Thibodeau was elected 2nd Alternate Vice General Chairman; and Brother Young was elected 3rd Alternate Vice General Chairmen.

Delegates elected the following Trustees: Jeff Jones, Division 609 (Jefferson City, Mo.); Kim Thomas, Division 182 (North Little Rock, Ark.); and Chaderick Black, Division 724 (Salem, Ill.). Elected to serve as Alternate Trustees were: Daniel Thielemann II, Division 152 (Kansas City, Mo.); W.J. (Joe) Ferris Jr., Division 152 (Kansas City, Mo.); and Brian Doty, Division 251 (Villa Grove, Ill.).

Representing the BLET National Division at the meeting was National President Dennis R. Pierce and National Vice President Mark L. Wallace. Also in attendance was retired National Vice President Gil L. Gore.

“Brother Rhodes is a dynamic and resourceful leader who continues to do an excellent job representing our membership,” President Pierce said. “I congratulate and thank Brother Rhodes and all officers of the Union Pacific-Central Region General Committee of Adjustment for their service to our Brotherhood.”

Also in attendance were five other Union Pacific General Chairmen: Dick Crow, UP-Northern Region GCA; Dana Marlow, UP-Southern Region GCA; Steve Leyshon, UP-Western Region GCA; Dave Geisler, UP-Eastern District GCA; and Brian Carr, UP-Western Lines GCA. Additionally, Missouri State Legislative Board Chairman Calvin Groose was also in attendance.

The BLET’s UP-Central Region General Committee of Adjustment encompasses 18 BLET Divisions in five states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois and Kansas) and represents more than 2,200 active and retired members.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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