BLET General Chairmen, Legislative Chairmen to hold joint meeting

All BLET General Chairmen and State Legislative Board Chairmen are invited to a joint meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, on May 1.

The meeting comes on the heels of meetings of the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC) and the Western General Chairmen's Association (WGCA).

All meetings will be held in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. The goal of the joint meeting is to facilitate a closer working relationship between the BLET's legislative and protective bodies and to focus on an agenda that provides maximum benefits to all BLET members.

Tim Smith, Chairman of the NASLBC, said the group will conduct three days of business meetings, which includes training for officers in the legislative arena. Also, the NASLBC will discuss strategies regarding the upcoming elections in November, the BLET-PAC fund, as well as a host of other legislative, political and regulatory issues that impact the lives and working conditions of BLET members.

The WGCA meeting is designed for the collective sharing of information and planning for the future of the BLET. Its members are the General Chairmen who represent railroads in the western U.S. As in years past, the WGCA members will participate in roundtable discussions on the many serious issues facing the BLET, according to WGCA Chairman Mike Priester, General Chairman CP Rail-US/Metra North/ISRR. "This format allows for open, serious and frank discussions and provides for the kind of education that can only strengthen the Association and the BLET as we move forward," Priester said.



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