Education & Training Dept. plans S-T workshops for '07

The BLET's Education and Training Department will conduct three Secretary-Treasurer Compliance Workshops in 2007. Two are scheduled prior to the March 31 deadline for filing Department of Labor reports.

Registration is open for the workshops in Kansas City (March 12-15) and Denver (April 9-12). A workshop scheduled for Chicago (Feb. 18-21) has already reached maximum occupancy.

The BLET has also scheduled a class for all Secretary-Treasurers who file an LM-2 Report for their General Committees, which will be held February 25-28 in Madison, Wisc. (see related article below).

As most S-Ts know, the BLET National Division implemented an internet-based system for dues reporting and collection on January 1, 2005. The workshops will include a demonstration of this system.

During the four-day session, members will learn proper recordkeeping techniques, computer applications, and recording of minutes. They will also learn methods for filing various Department of Labor and Railroad Retirement reports, as well as Federal tax returns. A representative from the Department of Labor will be on hand to answer S-T questions and have tips regarding the preparation of LM reports.

Presenters will include Bill Walpert, BLET National Secretary-Treasurer; Ken Kroeger, BLET Special Representative & Coordinator of the Education & Training Department; Dr. Elaine Reese, Director of Compliance; Bob Broka, Director of Records; and Walt Schmidt, BLET Webmaster.

The BLET National Division will pay the costs of books and equipment, while Secretary-Treasurers who attend are responsible for their transportation costs as well as their room and board.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will qualify for a $99 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). The stipends will be paid directly to the Division.

NARF 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 10 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.

S-Ts must register for the workshop online through the BLET website at:

The workshops will take place from February 18-21 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Chicago.; March 12-15 at the Holiday Inn on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.; and April 9-12 at the Four Points Denver Cherry Creek, Denver Colo.

The workshops will start at 7 p.m. on the first day and conclude at noon on the last day. Registration for the 2007 workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis, with class size limited to the first 30 who register. The Chicago workshop already has 21 members registered.

Members are responsible for making their reservations at the workshops. They will be given hotel contact information and special room rate information when they receive their confirmation after registering online.

For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLET Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or




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