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CSX General Chairman Best reelected by acclamation

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 30 — General Chairman Garrison D. Best was reelected by acclamation to a third term of office at the quadrennial meeting of the CSX Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment, which was held on April 27, 2020.

A CSX locomotive engineer, Brother Best was elevated to the General Chairman’s office in September of 2013 following the retirement of former General Chairman Tony Smith, and was reelected by acclamation at the GCA’s quadrennial meeting in April of 2016. Brother Best also serves the Brotherhood as Sixth Alternate National Vice President, and was a member of the Bylaws Committee at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in 2018. He has held continuous membership in BLET Division 498 (Abbeville, S.C.) since January 1, 1995.

The following officers were also elected at the quadrennial meeting: Vice General Chairman Chris R. Hyde, Division 314 (Rocky Mount, N.C.); 1st Vice General Chairman Jamie L. Truesdale, Division 598 (Greenville, S.C.); 2nd Vice General Chairman Troy L. Bryant, Division 532 (Richmond, Va.); 3rd Vice General Chairman Roger W. Bickerstaff, Division 684 (Birmingham, Ala.); 4th Vice General Chairman David P. Wyatt, Division 216 (Tampa, Fla.); Secretary-Treasurer Robbie W. Clark, Division 779 (Manchester, Ga.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer S.A. (Anthony) Sirmans, Division 648 (Waycross, Ga.). Brothers Truesdale, Bryant and Wyatt also were appointed to serve the GCA as Trustees.

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce and National Vice President J. Alan Holdcraft represented the BLET National Division during the meeting. Also, retired National Vice President Gil L. Gore was in attendance.

“I am proud to offer my congratulations to Brother Gary Best and all officers of the CSX Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment,” President Pierce said. “I thank them for their service to our Brotherhood and I have every confidence they will continue doing an excellent job of enforcing our contract and protecting the rights of our Brothers and Sisters at CSX.”

Only four men have served as General Chairman of the CSX Eastern Lines GCA since it was founded in 1967: M. L. Geiger, 1967-1985; Paul T. Sorrow, 1985-1991; Tony Smith, 1991-2013; and Gary D. Best, 2013 to present.

In addition to the election of officers, the delegates to the quadrennial meeting addressed key concerns of the membership and conducted business for the good of the order.

The CSX Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment represents approximately 1,200 members from 18 different BLET Divisions.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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