Advisory Board December 2006 Activity

In accordance with the BLET Bylaws, summaries of BLET Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

National President Don M. Hahs-National Division office: General supervision of BLET activities; General office duties; Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition; BLET National Negotiating Team; Telephone, conference calls, correspondence; Teamsters Rail Conference policy committee mtg., Cleveland; BLET National Division Christmas party, Cleveland.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Vice President assignments; Organizing department; Shortline department; Passenger department; Various correspondence & phone calls; President-IBT Rail Conference; South Buffalo RR; BLET-UTU-NCCC mtg.; Amtrak mtg.; Septa mtg.

National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLET financial, record depts.; ND office; BLET Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; Safety Task Force; Meetings with vendors and financial institutions; Standard Building operations mtg.; Secretary-Treasurer Workshop, Cleveland; Safety Task Force Training at NTSB Academy, Washington, D.C.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Assigned to CSX, NS and GTW general committees of adjustment; Attended GTW informational mtg.; Negotiations w/ CSXT and CSXT General Committee in connection with single agreement; Contract negotiations w/ CN on behalf of GTW engineers; Informational mtg., Moberly, Mo.; Division mtg., Moberly, Mo.; Attended informational mtg. CSX Western Line divisions (Greenbo State Park); Work on Public Law Board awards and general office duties.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ND Office; BLET Decertification Helpline services; Director of Arbitration Dept; National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB); Illinois Central; Wisconsin Central; Indiana Harbor Belt; METRA; Belt Rwy. of Chicago; Chicago Central & Pacific; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern; CN/WC quarterly L/M mtg., Green Bay, Wisc.; Metra disciplinary case conference, Chicago; PLB No. 6982 prep., BRC, Chicago; NRAB admin.; Metra contract negotiations, Chicago; NMB Section 3 committee, Washington, D.C.; CN/WC contract negotiations, Green Bay, Wisc.; PLB. No. 6603 Exec. Session, EJ&E, Chicago; SBA 1151 award execution and dissent, EJ&E, Chicago; FRA Part 240.409 dockets this month: EQAL 00-83 UP, 03-31 UP, 05-01 UP, 01-26 UP, 01-18 UP, 01-69 UP, 02-10 UP, 02-04 UP, 01-06 CSX, 02-01 Metra, 02-67 Amtrak.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; W&LE RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; DM&IR RR; Portland & Western RR; Great Western RR; Appalachian & Ohio RR; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6449, 6558, 6589; SBA 585; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Mtgs. w/ UP and GC MacArthur, re: Guaranteed pools, Ft. Myers, Fla.; CP Rail close call reporting mtgs., Madison, Wisc.

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to: BLET Trainmen's Department; Kansas City Southern; Gateway Western; Midsouth Rail; Southrail; Texas-Mexican Rwy.; Springfield Terminal, Delaware & Hudson; Indiana & Ohio RR; Louisville & Indiana RR; St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR; Indiana Southern RR; Montreal, Maine and Atlantic RR; Mtg. w/ GC Clark and KCS, Shreveport, La.; BNSF GCofA (former BN) Christmas party, Fort Worth, Texas; Prep for SBA session on Springfield Terminal RR (GC Twombly); Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line, Missouri & Northern Arkansas (M&NA), National Wage/Rule Committee; Division 58 mtg., Vancouver, Wash.; Division 155 mtg. and Christmas party, Decatur; Div. 64 mtg., Newton, Kan.; Div. 75 mtg., Kansas City; Div. 155 mtg.; Mtg. w/ Wabash Hospital Administrator, Decatur.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; UP-Tacoma Belt; General office duties, telephone paperwork.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman - Assigned to Washington, DC Office; BLET Security Officer; General Office Duties, telephone, correspondence; Attended Hours of Service Federal Appellate Court Case; Met with American Association of Railroads; Worked to secure passage of HR 5483 ­ The Railroad Retirement and Disability Earnings Act; Met with BMWE partners in Teamsters Rail Conference with regards to coordinating a communications strategy; Attended RSAC meetings on Medical Standards; Continued to formulate legislative strategy for 110th Congress with IBT leadership and other railroad union allies; Attended GAO meeting with regards to TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card); Met with FRA Security Coordinator; Met with NMB, FRA and transportation consultants. Met with CSX, NS and US DOT.

Vice-President Marcus J. Ruef - Assigned to Amtrak Long Island Railroad; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; New Jersey Transit; Port Authority Trans Hudson; Norfolk Southern (Northern Lines/W&LE); Norfolk Southern (Eastern Lines); Norfolk Southern (Southern Lines); Union Railroad (URR); Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co.; and Birmingham Southern; URR prep and negotiations, Pittsburgh; E.L. Bright appeal, NS-E; W&LE negotiations update w/ President Hahs; Mtg. w/ all NS GC and Division 239 Christmas party, Knoxville, Tenn.; Prep for upcoming mtg., re: Septa managers running trains; Division 71 mtg. and Septa GCA mtg., Philadelphia; URR contract ratification mtg., Pittsburgh; General office duties; General assistance to various GCofAs.

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