Advisory Board January 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; Meetings w/ BMWE, GC, Teamsters, re: Rail Coalition, Tucson, Ariz.; Rail Coalition mtgs., Washington, D.C.; IBT General Executive Board mtg., Atlanta; Betty Child Memorial, Fall Church, Va.; NLRC bargaining mtgs., Washington, D.C.

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; BMWE/IBT/BLET mtg.; Vacation day; UP Central/carrier labor relations officer mtgs.; NCCC/Rail Coalition mtg.; South Buffalo Railway negotiations.

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; IBT Rail Conference mtg., Tucson, Ariz.; Negotiations with Operating Engineers and IBEW, re: Standard Building employees contracts.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Attended division meetings 717, 323, 498 and 803; Assisted CSX Eastern Lines with establishment of ID Service, Abbeville, S.C., to Greenwood, S.C., and between Greenwood, S.C., and Hamlet, N.C.; Assisted CSX Eastern Lines, Western Lines and Northern Lines with various issues; Assisted Grand Trunk Western General Committee; Prepared for Public Law Boards; Handled myriad of problems and issues with CSX Transportation management.

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; IHB negotiations and general assistance, arbitrator orientation mtg.; WSOR organization, Madison, Wisc.; NMB hearing-commentator, Washington, D.C. (Section 3 arbitration filing fees matter); NRAB executive session, UP; CN/WC section 6 notices and quarterly L/M mtg., Green Bay, Wisc.; Manning dispute conference, BRC, procedural board established; EJ&E negotiation assistance and PLB No. 6808 (procedural); Pool assignments dispute, CN awards dinner, Chicago; CN/WC settlement conference, pre-arbitration, formulating Section 6 notices, arbitration preparation, Chicago.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; Missouri & Northern Arkansas RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; BLET National Bargaining Cmte.; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; CP Rail-Elkart Distric agreement, Minneapolis; P&W contract negotiations, Salem, Ore.; Mtg. w/ GC Young-UP Eastern District, Denver; North Platte issues and mtgs.; Prep. & contract negotiations, Indiana RR, Jacksonville.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Rail Safety Advisory Committee meetings, Washington, D.C.; Conference call and general administrative activities; Correspondence with State Legislative Board Chairmen.

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 Parker and KCS, Fort Worth, Texas; Preparation and session for PLB No. 6810, Fort Worth; Meeting w/ GC Koonce and KCS (MidSouth, Southrail and Gateway Wester), Memphis, Tenn.; Travel to Albany, N.Y.; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line; M&NA; Meetings regarding BNSF Interdivision service, Fort Worth; Safety Summit II, BNSF, Las Vegas; Pacific Harbor Line meetings, mediation, Long Beach; Attend Division 155 mtg., NS.

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; Arbitration Board 6729, 6730, 6731, 6732, Las Vegas; Assisting GC Donnigan, GCofA mtgs., West Yellowstone, UPWR GCofA; Assisting General Chairman Gore, New Orleans, UPSR GCofA; Trip Rate mtgs., Dallas/Fort Worth, UPSR GCofA.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern GCofA; Meridian Southern; New York Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; BLET Rail Security Officer; Division 210 special issue, Macon, Ga.; Graniteville, S.C., train wreck/fatality issues, NS; NYS&W contract negotiations, Binghamton, N.Y.; Division 165 special issue; Public Law Board, Norfolk, Va.; NECR negotiations, St. Albans, Vt.

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