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BLET to conduct 2006 Local Chairman Workshop

CLEVELAND, January 6 — The BLET Education & Training Department will conduct a Local Chairman Workshop on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., from March 19-23.

Upon successful completion of the course, everyone will qualify for a $91 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation. The stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the respective divisions.

The workshop begins on Sunday, March 19, and concludes the evening of Thursday, March 23.

Among other assignments, the workshops will include BLET organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLET arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

This class is not just for new Local Chairmen, and the BLET encourages all Local Chairmen to attend. But because of the overwhelming response to past workshops, the 2006 workshop will be made available to only Local Chairmen or members of the Local Committee of Adjustment.

Local Chairmen must register for the 2006 workshop online through the BLET website at: http://www.ble-t.org/lc.

Local Chairmen will have to sign up for their rooms in advance and provide a credit card number to reserve a room. Those who do not show up will be charged for the first night’s stay. Members will receive room registration information once they register for the workshop with the BLET.

Workshop instructors will include BLET National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert, BLET Vice-President Richard K. Radek, Assistant Director of the BLET Arbitration Department Marcus Ruef, and Coordinator of the Education & Training Department Ken Kroeger

The BLET pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition and a Thursday evening graduation banquet. BLET members who attend are responsible for the costs of room and board, which are listed as follows:

  • $885 per week for single room and board
  • $710 per week for double room and board

    Registration for the 2006 workshop is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register through the BLET website. For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLET Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or kroeger@ble-t.org.

    Friday, January 6, 2006

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