Reminder: Space remains for upcoming General Chairman, Local Chairman workshops

CLEVELAND, July 15 — The BLET Education and Training Department reminds all BLET officers that space remains for upcoming General Chairman and Local Chairman workshops. Both workshops will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The General Chairman’s workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 21, and will run through Thursday, July 24. Hotel check out and travel home is scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014. Interested parties must register through the BLET website at

The week-long Local Chairman course will begin with an orientation and overview session at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, August 17. Full-day classes will run from Monday through Friday, and the workshop will conclude with a banquet on Friday evening August 22. Hotel check-out and travel day is on Saturday August 23. Those wishing to attend must register online through the BLET website:

Upon successful completion of the courses, members will qualify for a $129 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation ( The stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the respective divisions.

The North American Railway Foundation is a non-profit operating 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 over the past 18 years. 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.

The Education & Training Department asks that you bring your portable computer to class with you on the day of orientation. Ideally, you should bring whatever portable technology you typically use to perform your duties, whether it be a laptop, Mac, tablet, iPad, or whatever your machine of choice. Before your arrival, find out if your machine has Wi-Fi capabilities. If your machine is not Wi-Fi compatible, please let BLET Education and Training Department Coordinator Jason Wright know in advance so he can make arrangements.

For more information, please contact Brother Wright at (216) 296-4447 or

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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