Advisory Board December 2005 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; BLET Wage/Rule meetings, Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition meetings with National Carriers Conference Committee, Washington, D.C.; Mtgs. w/ Gary Curry, ORBA, Sacramento, Calif.; Mtg. w/ Painters Union, Washington, D.C.; Division 192 and Division 22 mtgs.; Division 463 Christmas party (Cumberland Falls State Park, Ky.); Div. 548, Peru, Ind.; Vacation.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Vice President assignments; Special Representative assignments; Organizing department; Shortline department; Passenger department; Various correspondence & phone calls.

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; S-T Workshop, Cleveland; Christmas party, Cumberland Falls, Ky.; Christmas party, Scott City, Mo.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-CSX Western Lines GCofA mtg.; Mtgs. w/ CSX General Chairmen regarding dual track bargaining; Public Law Board 1063, NS; CSX Family Day event, Greenwood, S.C.; Mtg. w/ President Hahs; Assisted Grand Trunk Western GCA for planning session with upcoming negotiations and day-to-day issues; Assisted CSX, NS and GTW committees and performed 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; Paducah & Louisville; Chicago Central & Pacific; EQAL 03-47 filings; Special Div. 114 mtgs., CN-IC, Waterloo, Iowa, Monticello, Wisc.; L/M mtg., CN-IC, Oak Brook, Ill.; CN-WC negotiations, Schiller Park, Ill.; Metra special mtgs., 0/17/05 derailment, Chicago; Metra document production, supeona; Preliminary settlement conf., scheduling procedures, Metra, Chicago; IC agreement ratification, Cleveland; Arbitrator selection strikes, EJ&E, manning provision/remote control dispute arbitration-SBA; PLB 6881 filings, Chicago; FRA 49 CFR 240.409 dockets this month: FRA EQAL 01-16, 05-01, 03-47.

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, 6558, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Arbitration, PLB 6449 and 6440, UP, Cheyenne; National wage/rule contract mtgs., Washington, D.C.; Portland & Western contract mtgs., Salem, Ore; National Association of Railroad Arbitrators mtg., Chicago.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; BLET General Chairmen's mtg., Las Vegas; BLET Advisory Board mtg., Las Vegas.

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; Mtg. w/ GC Clark, Koonce, Parker and KCS, Shreveport, La.; Joint division Christmas dinner, Kansas City; Mtg. and Christmas dinner w/ Division 527, Pittsburg, Kan.; Conference call regarding dispute on L&I RR; NARAP website conference call; BNSF (former BN) open house, Fort Worth; Conference call w/ GC Parker and KCS; Research, correspondence and general office duties; Vacation, holidays.

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; National Wage/Rule committee; MRL conference call, Peoria, Ill; Div. 135 Christmas party, Beardstown; Div. 842 mtg., Klamath Falls, Ore.; Div. 104 mtg., Spokane, Wash.; ID meeting with carrier, Portland, Ore.; NCCC meetings, Washington, D.C.; Div. 155 mtg.; Holiday.

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; New Orleans Gulf Coast RR negotiations, Chicago; Crew utilization mtg., UP Southern Region GCA, Houston; Trip Rates and ID Run negotiations, UP Western Region GCofA, Portland; UP-Tacoma Belt, office duties, paper work, filing and calls.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Meridian Southern; New York Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; BLET Rail Security Officer; New England Central contract ratification issues with carrier; Special issue with NYS&W; Washington, D.C., meetings, assisting Legislative Department; Special combined meeting of Divisions 239 and 782; Division 198 and 165 meetings, Christmas Party.

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