BLE to conduct local chairman workshops

The BLE Education & Training Department is conducting three Local Chairman workshops in 2002, and the first is scheduled for May 12-17 on the campus of the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Md.

These workshops are normally held on the campus of the Meany Center, often making it difficult for West Coast BLE members to attend. To help alleviate this problem, the BLE has scheduled a Local Chairman workshop from June 2-7 on the Clark Kerr Campus of U.C. Berkeley in California.

The third Local Chairman workshop is scheduled for October 13-18 at the Meany Center.

Among other assignments, the workshops will include BLE organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLE arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

These classes are not just for new Local Chairmen, and the BLE encourages all Local Chairmen to attend one of these workshops.

The BLE Education & Training Department presents these workshops in conjunction with the staff of the George Meany Center. Workshops instructors will include BLE General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert, BLE Vice-President Richard K. Radek, Special Representative Ken Kroeger, and BLE Arbitration Department Manager Greg Ross. In addition, Donald Spatz, an adjunct professor from the George Meany Center, will instruct at the workshops.

The BLE pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition and a Thursday evening graduation banquet. BLE members who attend are responsible for the cost of room and board.

These workshops are in addition to the ones offered at the BLE's four regional meetings throughout 2002. However, the three week-long workshops are more intensive and the courses cover a wider-range of topics in more detail.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register. About 15 slots still remain for the May workshop at the Meany Center. To register, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or <>.



2002 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers