BLET to conduct Local Chairman Workshop in March

The BLET Education & Training Department will conduct a Local Chairman Workshop on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill, starting on Sunday, March 20, and ending the evening of Thursday, March 24.

Upon successful completion of the course, everyone will qualify for an $86 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation. The stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the respective divisions.

Among other assignments, the workshop will include BLET organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLET arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

This class is not just for new Local Chairmen, and the BLET encourages all Local Chairmen to attend.

Local Chairmen will register for the 2005 workshop online through the BLET website at:

Members will have to sign up for their rooms in advance and can reserve their room either by check or credit card. Those who do not show up will be charged for the first night's stay. Members will be provided with instructions on how to make room reservations after registering for the workshop through the BLET website.

And, because of the overwhelming response to past workshops, the 2005 workshop will be made available to only Local Chairmen or members of the Local Committee of Adjustment.

The BLET Education & Training Department presents these workshops in conjunction with the National Labor College at the George Meany Center. Workshop instructors will include BLET National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert, BLET Vice-President and Director of Arbitration Richard K. Radek, Special Representative & Coordinator of the Education and Training Department Ken Kroeger, and Assistant Director of the BLET Arbitration Department Marcus Ruef.

The BLET pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition, and a Thursday evening graduation banquet. BLET members who attend are responsible for the cost of transportation, room and board.

Registration for the 2005 workshop is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register through the BLET website. For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLET Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or Details are as follows:



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