BLET plans two S-T workshops

The BLET's Education and Training Department will conduct two Secretary-Treasurer Compliance Workshops in early 2008. Both of these have been scheduled prior to the March 31 deadline for filing Department of Labor reports.

The workshops will take place in Dallas, Texas from February 24-27, and Jacksonville, Fla. from March 2-5.

As most S-Ts already know, many changes have been implemented regarding the filing of LM reports this year. The changes to the LM Report along with the new 990-N and EFTPS will be explained in class.

Secretary-Treasurers will be shown how to use the BLET National Division's web-based reporting system. S-Ts use the online system for membership reporting and tax compliance.

During the four-day session, members will learn proper record keeping techniques, computer applications, and minute-taking. They will also learn methods for filing various Department of Labor, and Railroad Retirement reports, as well as Internal Revenue Service Federal tax returns. A representative from the Department of Labor will be on hand to answer Secretary-Treasurer questions and provide tips regarding the preparation of LM reports.

Attendees are asked to bring their lap top computer if they have one and also a hand held calculator.

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

The BLET National Division pays 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 $109 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation. The stipends will be paid directly to the Division.

The North American Railway Foundation (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 varied non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past ten 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:

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 at:

The workshops will start at 7 p.m. on the first day and conclude at noon on the last day.

Registration for the workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis, with class size limited to the first 24 who register through the BLET website. For details, please contact Ken Kroeger of the Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or



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