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Spradlin reelected KCS General Chairman

INDEPDENDENCE, Ohio, June 3 — David A. Spradlin was reelected by acclamation as General Chairman during the Kansas City Southern / Louisiana & Arkansas Railway General Committee of Adjustment’s quadrennial meeting on June 2, 2020.

A member of BLET Division 573 (Greenville, Texas), Brother Spradlin has held continuous membership since he first joined the BLET on April 1, 1998. He hired out in 1994 as a conductor with KCS at Shreveport, La., earning promotion to locomotive engineer in July 1995 out of Greenville, Texas. Brother Spradlin served Division 573 as Secretary-Treasurer from 2000-2007 and as Local Chairman from 2005-2016. He served the GCA as Secretary-Treasurer for eight years, winning elections at quadrennial meetings in 2008 and 2012. Brother Spradlin was elected General Chairman by acclamation at the GCA’s 2016 quadrennial meeting, taking the reins from Sam W. Parker, who retired. In addition to his work on the GCA and Division levels, Brother Spradlin served the National Division as a member of the Arrangements Committee during the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in 2018.

Also elected by acclamation during the 2016 meeting were: 1st Vice General Chairman James O. Fisher Jr., Division 612 (Nederland, Texas); 2nd Vice General Chairman David M. Grubbs Jr., Division 569 (Heavener, Okla.); Secretary-Treasurer Gregory E. Jones, Division 632 (Minden, La.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer Jeffery A. Bullington, Division 527 (Pittsburg, Kan.).

Three Trustees were also elected by acclamation: James O. Fisher Jr., Division 612 (Nederland, Texas); David M. Grubbs Jr., Division 569 (Heavener, Okla.); and Justin W. Curl, Division 527 (Pittsburg, Kan.).

Additional delegates in attendance were: Johnny L. Lacking, Division 426 (New Orleans, La.); Richard G. Guy Jr., Division 612 (Nederland, Texas); W. Bryce Dondero, Division 573 (Greenville, Texas); and Michael J. Rogers, Division 599 (Shreveport, La.).

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce and National Vice President J. Alan Holdcraft represented the National Division at the meeting.

“I congratulate Brother Spradlin and all officers of the Kansas City Southern GCA, and I thank them for their continued dedication to our union,” President Pierce said. “I am proud to salute these Brothers for continuing the spirit of Brotherhood during these challenging times.”

The BLET’s Kansas City Southern / Louisiana & Arkansas Railway General Committee of Adjustment represents seven BLET Divisions and approximately 600 active and retired members.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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