Advisory Board February 2002 Activity

By action of the delegates at the Fifth Quinquennial Convention, summaries of BLE Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

International President Don M. Hahs-International Office: General supervision of BLE activities; ORBA mtgs., re: disability issues; CRLO mtgs., Florida; Mtg. w/ Teamster President Hoffa; RSAC Exec. Cmte. mtgs.; Mtg. w/ Roland Wilder, special counsel; National Wage & Rule mtgs.; Discussions w/ NCCC; NMB panel discussion/seminar w/ arbitrators; Travel; Mtg. w/ NMB candidate; Fund raiser for Senator Shelby (R-AL); AFL-CIO winter mtgs., New Orleans; Mtg. w/ AFL-CIO Exec. Council; TTD Exec. Council mtgs.; BLE Advisory Board mtg.; Mtg. w/ BLE regional convention chairmen & designated legal counsel; Mtg. w/ presidents of TWU, CWA, IBB, IBT, ATU.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of ID office; General office duties; CRLO mtgs.-health & welfare; Advisory Board conference call; General Chairmen & State Legislative Board Chairmen conference call; South Buffalo RR contract negotiations; Holiday; NCCC mtgs.-contract negotiations (two separate occasions); AFL-CIO Exec. Council mtg., guest; TTD mtg.; Advisory Board mtg.; VP assignments.

General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLE financial and record depts.; ID office; BLE Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; BLE Safety Task Force; Mtg. w/ Div. 88, N. Platte, Neb.; Mtg. w/ Chairmen of Regional mtg. associations, Cleveland; TTD mtg., Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans; Conf. call w/ Special Reps.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-National wage/rules mtgs.; GTW contract negotiations; Worked on I&O contract proposals; Attended Division 920 mtg in Pontiac, Mich.; Advisory Board mtg.; 2nd round of National Wage/Rules negotiations; Assisted Norfolk Southern, CSX and GTW general committees; Worked on issues relating to remote control; General office duties.

Vice-President Joseph A. Cassidy Jr.- Mtg. w/ CSXT General Chairman Roberts; Mtg. w/ Designated Legal Counsel, NYSLB chair; Mtg. w/ GCofA members, shared assets; Prepare for CSXT arbitration; Mtg. w/ members of CSXT-Q's and A's; Prepare for NY Dock cases, research; General office duties; Mtg. w/ Nat'l. Legislative Rep. Mtg. w/ National Mediation Board; Mtg. w/ Chief of Security-AAR; Long Island Rail Road dinner/dance; Advisory Board mtg.; Mtg. w/ counsel on RCOs; Mtgs. w/ various Int'l. Unions; TTD mtg.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes-Washington D.C. office; CRLO mtgs.; AFL-CIO political directors mtg.; BLE conference call; Mtg. w/ members of Australian Parliament, re: rail safety; Railroad Retirement Coalition mtg.; TTD/Rail Div. leg. mtg.; FRA hearing-dispatching of U.S. rail operations; Receptions: Cong. Sherman (D-CA), Cong. Turner (D-TX) Senator Shelby (R-AL); FRA RSAC mtg.; FRA hearing, re: Alcohol/drug use, foreign railroads; Amtrak hearing; Mtg. w/ staff of Cong. Oberstar (D-MN); DCCC mtg., review of House races; TTD mtg., AFL-CIO mtgs., New Orleans; Advisory Board mtg.

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to following properties: Kansas City Southern; Midsouth; South Rail; Gateway Western; Delaware Hudson/ Springfield Terminal; Assigned to SBA 1062, PLB 5527, PLB 6145; Springfield Terminal contract negotiations; Assisted GC Parker in preparing arbitration cases-PLB6355 (KCS); General office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle- Office work; BNSF on-property negotiations, conference calls; BNSF PLB, Ft. Worth; Mtg. w/ President Hahs; WMHA mtg., NS, Decatur, Ill.; TTD mtg. & BLE Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans; Mtgs. on BNSF Availability Policy; Mtgs. re: CARE Hospital Assoc.; Wabash Hospital Assoc. mtg.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of the following properties: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; Tacoma Belt; General office duties; Interdivisional run negotiations, UP-WL, Redlands, Calif.; UPRR remote control mtgs., Kansas City; UP-Tacoma Line conference call, re: remote control; AFL-CIO TTD mtgs., New Orleans; BLE Advisory Board mtgs., New Orleans.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ID Office; BLE 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; CN/WC tentative new agreement, special Division mtgs. for BLE Divs. 184 (Schiller Park, Ill.), 173 (Fon du Lac, Wisc.), 174 (Stevens Point, Wisc.), 185 (Escanaba, Mich.), 209 (Green Bay, Wisc.), 175 (Neenah, Wisc.) and 188 (Superior, Wisc.); CN/WC negotiations, side letters mtg., Rosemont, Ill.; Various NRAB administration, Chicago; Metra arbitration assistance, Chicago; BLE Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans; Metra CN/IC insurance coverage mtg. (Union Central-disability), Chicago.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - UP Eastern Lines; CP/U.S. (Soo); I&MRL; M&NA; LP&N; Longview Sw. Co; TRRA-St. Louis; General office duties; NCCC mtgs., BLE Bargaining Team; UP/BLE remote control mtgs.; Remote control mtg. w/ Gen. Chair B.D. MacAruthur; TTD/AFL-CIO mtg. and Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans; PLBs 5681, 5721, 5997, 6040, 6281, 6423, 5604.

Vice-President & Canadian Director Gilles Hallé-Ottawa Office; General Chairman's mtg., Calgary; Mtg. w/ RCTC, Montreal; Mtg. at Baultar, Sherbrooke; Mtg. w/ CN; Annual vacation; BLE Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative-Canada T. George Hucker-Ottawa Office; National Legislative Board-Canada; Mtg. w/ CP Rail; Return to work case-Division 243; Preparation & work on brief to FRA w/ Provincial Board Chairmen, re: Random drug & alcohol testing; Presentation of brief to FRA, Washington D.C.; Algoma Central negotiations, Sault Ste. Marie; AFL-CIO TTD mtg. & BLE Advisory Board mtg., New Orleans; BLE LTD mtg., Ottawa.

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