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Lyons elected BLET National Division Trustee; Matt Wilson retires

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 15 — William P. Lyons was elected unanimously by the BLET Advisory Board to serve as a National Division Trustee effective February 1, 2018. He replaces outgoing Trustee Matt O. Wilson, who has retired.

Brother Lyons is currently serving the Brotherhood as General Chairman of the CSXT-Northern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), which represents nearly 3,000 active and retired members. He was elected to his first full term of office as General Chairman in May of 2013 and was reelected by acclamation in May of 2017.

Brother Lyons began his railroad career when he hired out as a conductor for CSXT at Columbus, Ohio, on February 28, 2000. He joined BLET Division 34 in Columbus, Ohio, on September 1, 2003, where he immediately became an active and involved leader. In 2004, Brother Lyons became Division 34’s first-ever Local Chairman of trainmen after the BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. One year later, he became the GCA’s first-ever conductor to be elected to the office of Regional Vice General Chairman.

In 2009, Brother Lyons was nominated and elected to the GCA’s Second Vice General Chairman office, a full-time position that required him to relocate to Florida. Over the next three years, he was elevated to serve the GCA as First Vice General Chairman and Acting General Chairman. In 2013, he was elected General Chairman, and was reelected by acclamation in 2017.

Brother Lyons has served the National Division in various capacities. In 2010, he was elected by acclamation to serve as Fifth Alternate National Vice President at the BLET’s Second National Convention. In 2014, he was elected by acclamation to the office of Fourth Alternate National Vice President at the BLET’s Third National Convention. He also served as a member of the National Division’s Arrangements Committee during the 2010 and 2014 conventions. He has twice been elected as his GCA’s delegate to the IBT International Convention conventions, in 2011 and 2016.

As General Chairman and Vice General Chairman, Brother Lyons participated in on-property negotiations with CSXT. He also recently led negotiations for an on-property agreement with Bombardier Transportation Services for his members working in MARC passenger rail service. He was assigned to the National Wage Committee in the recently concluded round of national bargaining as the representative of the BLET’s Eastern General Chairmen’s Association.

Prior to his railroad career, Brother Lyons attended Eastern Kentucky University where he studied Fire Science Engineering. He and his wife Angie were married in 2003 and reside in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

“I am grateful to the entire BLET Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of President Pierce, First Vice President Pruitt and National Secretary-Treasurer Bruno for the confidence they have shown in electing me to the Trustee’s office,” Brother Lyons said. “I wish Brother Matt the best in his retirement and I look forward to serving the Brotherhood in this new capacity.”

“I am proud to welcome Brother Lyons on board as a National Division Trustee,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “He is a tenacious defender of our members who has fostered a sense of Brotherhood throughout his General Committee, and he makes an excellent addition to our Advisory Board.”

Delegates at the BLET’s Third National Convention in 2014 established three Trustee positions to audit the books of the National Division on a regular basis. Matt Wilson was one of the first men in the history of the Brotherhood to be elected to the Trustee office.

Brother Wilson has been a BLET member since July 1, 1980. He first began serving as General Chairman on April 8, 2008, following the promotion of then-General Chairman Dennis R. Pierce to the BLET Advisory Board. Brother Wilson became a full time Vice General Chairman for the BNSF/MRL GCA in 1999, moving his family from Spokane, Wash., to Ft. Worth, Texas, to serve the Brotherhood. He was elected by acclamation as General Chairman in 2010 and 2013 and 1st Vice General Chairman in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2016.

“I thank Brother Matt Wilson for his many years of dedicated service to our Brotherhood,” President Pierce said. “On behalf of the Advisory Board, I am pleased to extend our best wishes to Matt and Diann for a long, happy, and healthy retirement.”

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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