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BLET names new General Counsel

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 22 — BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has appointed Joshua D. McInerney to serve as General Counsel for the oldest labor union in the Western Hemisphere. The appointment is effective upon the May 31 retirement of long-serving General Counsel Michael S. Wolly.

McInerney is a partner with Barkan Meizlish, LLP, a Columbus-based firm founded in 1957 that provides a broad array of employment-related legal services to individuals and unions across the nation. Prior to working at Barkan Meizlish, McInerney was with the law firm of Baptiste & Wilder, PC in Washington, DC. Over the last 20 years, he has represented a variety of labor organizations at the local, state, and national levels, including the BLET, the BMWE, the BRS, the IBT, and the Teamsters Airline Division.

Concurrent with this appointment, Barkan Meizlish attorney James Petroff was named Associate General Counsel. Petroff has 30 years of national practice experience in all aspects of collective bargaining and traditional labor law matters for a variety of private sector, public sector, federal sector, and Railway Labor Act unions. In the past, he provided legal representation to BLET on Teamsters-related matters.

In announcing these appointments, National President Pierce issued the following statement:

“The retirement of General Counsel Wolly marks the end of an era for all of Rail Labor. Mike has provided legal services to our Brotherhood for over a quarter of a century, and has served as BLET’s General Counsel for nearly a decade. His successes are far too numerous to detail, but two stand out in my mind. One was his defense of our National Vacation Agreement and our National Personal Leave Agreement from attack by unilaterally-imposed carrier FMLA policies. The other is the only successful major dispute litigation I’ve seen in my union career. I know I speak for all BLET officers and members in wishing Mike a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement.

“At the same time, I want to congratulate Josh McInerney and Jim Petroff on joining the BLET team. Their past work for the BLET brought successful results, and the Barkan Meizlish team has a stellar reputation in providing representation to unions subject to the Railway Labor Act. I look forward to our new partnership, and I have every confidence that BLET members will be well represented by our new counsel.”

President Pierce also thanked George Faulkner of Faulkner, Hoffman and Phillips, LLC in Cleveland for the assistance that he has provided to the BLET. “George has also been a key part of BLET’s legal team and we look forward to our continued relationship with him.”

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents nearly 58,000 professional locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States. The BLET is the founding member of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Friday, May 22, 2020
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