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BLET to conduct Legislative Representatives training class in July

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 21 — The BLET Education & Training Department, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office, will conduct a training class for BLET Division Legislative Representatives in Washington, D.C., from July 10-12, 2018.

The class will take place at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters. Classroom training begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, and will conclude on Wednesday, July 11. Please arrange your travel to arrive on Monday, July 9, and to depart on Friday, July 13.

During this class, Congress will be in session for the last time prior to their recess and the national elections. This would be a good time to come to Washington and assist the BLET in relaying the issues and concerns affecting our organization.

Among other topics, the curriculum will cover:

• Computer skills (principles of letter writing and database management);
• Regulatory affairs (reporting and documenting important issues);
• Political affairs (the anatomy of elections, how a bill becomes law, communications skills and correspondence with politicians);
• Understanding individual State Legislative Board bylaws; and
• Trustee responsibilities.

Upon completion of the classroom training, attendees will participate in a full day of lobbying on Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 12.

Curriculum will be geared toward Division Legislative Representatives and new State Legislative Board Chairmen.

Those who successfully complete the July 10-11 classroom portion will be eligible for a $93 per diem, for classroom days only, from the North American Railway Foundation (http://www.narfoundation.org). NARF does not pay stipends for the day of lobbying. Depending on the offices you hold, the stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Division, Division President, or State Legislative Board.

The North American Railway Foundation (NARF) is a non-profit foundation formed by the Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) to support rail history, education, safety and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BR&CF, NARF has supported many non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor — giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across North America.

Attendees must register for the LR Class no later than May 1, 2018, through the BLET website at: http://www.ble-t.org/lr.

After registering through the BLET website, class attendees will receive an e-mail containing hotel reservation information. The BLET has acquired a special hotel room block for this class at the rate of $175 per night. Hotel reservations must be made by June 1, 2018. After June 1, the BLET cannot guarantee you will get the rate quoted above. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs and any expenses for room and board.

Participants planning to bring family members may contact the BLET National Legislative Office for help in scheduling a tour of the Capitol. If interested, please call (202) 624-8776.

For more information, please contact Jason Wright, Special Representative and Director of the BLET Education and Training Department: office, (216) 241-2630, ext. 247; cell, (216) 296-4447; or email wright@ble-t.org. Again, registration to attend must be submitted by June 1, 2018.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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