By Dennis R. Pierce
BLET National President
CLEVELAND, November 27 — As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to express my thanks to all BLET members, officers and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
The BLET marked its 150th anniversary earlier this year and we have many things to be thankful for since our founding on May 8, 1863. Today we carry the torch of Brotherhood illuminated by the generations of locomotive engineers and trainmen who came before us. I know that our members today are grateful for the pay and benefits they earn, which were established in part by those trail blazing locomotive engineers and trainmen who fought for the rights of working people so many years ago.
I am thankful for our Brotherhood’s Advisory Board. I am thankful for all of our Local Division officers. These men and women are some of the hardest working individuals in the entire Brotherhood, and they deserve our respect and gratitude — not only during the holiday season — but all year long. I am also thankful for the officers and staff serving General Committees of Adjustment and State Legislative Boards throughout the country.
Also deserving of recognition and thanks are our staff at National Division headquarters in Cleveland, our National Legislative office in Washington, D.C., and our BLET Auxiliary.
Finally, Thanksgiving can be an especially challenging time of year for BLET members and their families. Many members will find themselves in the cab of a locomotive or at an away-from-home terminal instead of at the dinner table with loved ones. Please join me in keeping all hardworking BLET members in our thoughts and prayers for a safe journey back home.
On behalf of the BLET Advisory Board, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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