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BLET’s DC State Legislative Board concludes 4th Quadrennial Meeting

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 2 — On July 25, 2017, the BLET’s District of Columbia State Legislative Board held its 4th Quadrennial Meeting at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Brother Herbert Harris, Jr. was reelected by acclamation to a fourth term as Chairman. Brother Harris is an Amtrak locomotive engineer and member of BLET Division 482 (District of Columbia). He has been a BLET member since 1997 and was first elected Chairman in 2005.

“The DC SLB will continue to advocate for a strong national passenger rail system,” Chairman Harris said. “We are also committed to empowering our members to become active citizens on issues that affect safety and their families.”

Also elected by acclamation during the convention were: 1st Vice Chairman Bruce K. Evans, Division 14 (Washington, D.C.); 2nd Vice Chairman Carlyle L. Smith, Division 482 (Washington, D.C.); Secretary-Treasurer Christopher S. Dort, Division 14 (Washington, D.C.); and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer William F. Broadus, Division 482 (Washington, D.C.). Elected by acclamation to serve on the Audit Committee were: Chris Edgerton, Division 482 (Washington, D.C.); Ryan Riddell, Division 14 (Washington, D.C.); and Todd Woollam, Division 14 (Washington, D.C.).

National President Dennis R. Pierce addressed the meeting and discussed the many issues facing the Brotherhood and organized labor.

“I am pleased to offer my congratulations to Brother Herb Harris and all officers of the District of Columbia State Legislative Board,” President Pierce said. “I also thank them for making the time to serve the BLET. These Brothers play a key leadership role for the passenger and commuter members in our Brotherhood.”

First Vice President E. Lee Pruitt discussed on-going challenges and the usage of inward facing cameras on locomotives. Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman briefed officers on congressional and legislative issues, and the importance of the upcoming 2018 elections. Vice President Tolman also discussed Amtrak funding and operational issues.

Leif Dormsjo, Director-Department of Transportation, discussed the newly-completed state rail plan and on-going railroad expansion projects in the District of Columbia.

Also in attendance were: Timothy Craver, Virginia State Legislative Board Chairman; David Dinges, Maryland State Legislative Board Chairman; and David Dzidzienyo, Legislative and Political Director, Washington Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO.

The District of Columbia State Legislative Board represents 225 active BLET members in the Mid-Atlantic region. The DC SLB is the only state legislative board comprised entirely of passenger and commuter locomotive engineers.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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