Advisory Board January 2006 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; Rail labor legislative meetings, Washington, D.C.; Rail Labor occupational disability meetings, Washington, D.C.; IBT Convention delegate conference call; Advisory Board conference call; Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition-National Carriers Conference Committee wage/rule negotiations, 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.

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; Secretary-Treasurer workshop, Dallas.

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; Sec. 3 agenda/settlement conf. mtg., Metra, Chicago (arb. strike lists w/ S. Powers); Contract negotiations, CN-WC, Rosemont & Schiller Park.; Arbitration assistance, CN-WC, Green Bay; PLB 6881, 9/17/05 Metra derailment mtgs., BRC/Metra, Chicago; Div. 34 LCA mtg., CSX, Cleveland; NRAB, various, Chicago; EJ&E, Metra contract negotiations, Joliet & Chicago; M/WL signal decert case, Metra; Arbitration assistance, IHB, Chicago; Advisory Board conference call; Candidate engineer cases/appeals, Metra, Chicago.

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, 6449, 6558, 6589; SBA 585; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Indiana RR contract negotiations, Linton, Ind.; PLB 5604 case preparation, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Indiana RR negotiations, imp. agreement, re: Indiana RR purchase of CP Latta Sub., 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 Lowe, John Mullen, I&O and Rail America, Cincinnati, Ohio; Joint town hall meetings with I&O and RailAmerica, Cincinnati, Washington Court and Lima, Ohio; Mtg. w/ GC Clark and KCS, Houston; Advisory Board and NARAP conference calls; Holiday and vacation; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

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; Mtg. w/ Local Chairmen on MRL, Fort Worth; Mtg. w/ MRL on Section 6 notices, Fort Worth; Division 32 meeting (BNSF), Aurora, Ill.; Mtg. w/ BNSF management, Decatur; Adivsory Board conference call; Conference call w/ general chairmen and state legislative board chairmen; National Wage/Rule meetings, Washington, D.C.

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; Division 328 meeting, Division 899 meeting; NYS&W contract negotiations, Syracuse, N.Y.; Special issue, Division 849, Raleigh, N.C.; NTSB hearing, Birmingham, Ala.

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