Advisory Board March 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; National wage/rule mtgs., New Orleans; Mtgs. w/ General President James P. Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; FRA mtgs., remote control issue; Mtg. w/ NMB nominee H. Hoglander; TTD Exec. Council mtg.; AFL-CIO Exec. Con. mtg.; Western General Chairmen's Assoc. mtg.; National Assoc. of State Legislative Board Chairmen mtg., regional; Advisory Board mtg.; Special Rep mtg.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of ID office; General office duties; NCCC Section 6 mtg.; Mtg. w/ General Chairmen from Amtrak, LIRR, SEPTA, NJT, PATH and Metro North; Mtg. w/ VGC Thompson, NSR, VGC Linsey-NP, General Chairman Roberts-CSX NSD and ST Vassie CSX NSD; NLRB mtg.; Western General Chairman mtg.; Advisory Board mtg.; Mtg. w/ Special Reps.; Mtg. w/ James Hoffa, President IBT.

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; Mtgs. w/ vendors and financial institutions; AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer mtg., Washington; Staff mtg.; Western General Chairman's mtg., Las Vegas; Remote control workshop, Las Vegas; Advisory Board mtg., Las Vegas; Special Rep. mtg., Las Vegas.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-CSX PLB 6470, PLB 6468; NS health & welfare negotiations; I&O contract negotiations; Reviewed Section 6 notices for upcoming contract talks w/ GTW and Wheeling & Lake Erie; CSX Northern Lines Executive Cmte. mtg.; NS SBA 1063; Work/rest mtg.; Advisory Board mtg.; Assisted NS, GTW and CSX general committees w/ various issues; General office duties.

Vice-President Joseph A. Cassidy Jr.- Mtg. w/ CSXT General Chairman Roberts; Mtg. w/ CSX management, re: claims; Mtg. w/ all CSX general chairmen & VP Sorrow; Mtg. w/ VP Labor Relations Peifer; Mtg. w/ ATDD gen'l. chairman; Conference on CSX crew mngmt.; New York Susquehanna & Western; Elgin Joliet & Eastern arbitration; Western General Chairmen's Assoc. mtg.; Duluth, Missage & Iron Range Rwy.; Remote control discussions; Mtg. w/ CSXT gen'l chairmen.

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; Springfield Terminal contract negotiations; Assisted GC Parker in preparing arbitration cases-PLB 6355 (KCS); PLB 6355 session, Dallas; Mtg. w/ KCS and GC John Koonce, along w/ Local Chairmen from Midsouth Rail, Southrail & Gateway Western; Western General Chairmen's Assoc. mtg., Las Vegas; Advisory Board mtg., Las Vegas; General office duties, research.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle- Office work, BNSF/MRL; Mtg. w/ MRL regarding bridge insurance for retirees, Mizoula, Mont.; Mtg. w/ Division 262; Safety Summit mtg. w/ BNSF, Fort Worth; Mtg. w/ CSX general chairmen on health & welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio; Western General Chairmen's Assoc. mtg., Las Vegas; Advisory Board mtg., Las Vegas.

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; Conf. call, UP general chairmen, re: remote control; Assist GC Hannah, UP-Western Lines; Assist UP-Tacoma Rail; Remote control mtgs. w/ UPRR, Omaha; Assist GC Gore & Rightnowar, UPRR, re: officers running trains; Mtg. w/ Donnigan and 11 local chairmen, UPRR, Salt Lake City; Arbitration Board PLB 6170, UPRR-SR; Western General Chairmen mtg., Las Vegas; Advisory Board mtg., Las Vegas.

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; METRA arbitration assistance, seniority dispute, Chicago; NRAB arbitration, various, W. Palm, Fla.; IHB negotiation/general assistance; Western General Chairmen Assoc. mtg.; Remote control case presentation; Advisory Board mtg.

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 mtg.; IMRL sale mtgs., Davenport, Iowa; Telephone, correspondence; Mtgs. w/ UPRR, Omaha; Mtgs. w/ GC Browning, Brim. So. contract; Mtg. w/ M. Kelly, UP work/rest; Western Gen. Chair. Assoc. mtgs., Las Vegas; Advisory Board mtg.

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.

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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