Volume 22 - Number 4
Edward W. Rodzwicz is the new National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
Former National President Don M. Hahs was removed from office on March 20 by order of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, based upon the recommendations of a hearing panel appointed under Article XIX of the IBT Constitution. Brother Hahs has appealed the decision.
On April 8, the BLET Advisory Board unanimously voted to promote Vice President Paul T. Sorrow to the office of First Vice-President and Alternate President, the union's second-highest office.
First Vice President Sorrow takes the position vacated by National President Ed Rodzwicz, who was promoted to the BLET's top spot on March 20.
Also, Dennis R. Pierce becomes the newest BLET Vice President as he was elevated to fill the vacancy on the Advisory Board. Vice President Pierce previously served as General Chairman of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe/Montana Rail Link General Committee of Adjustment.
The BLET's Advisory Board voted on April 9 to endorse Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.
The endorsement decision came at a meeting of the BLET's top governing body. The Advisory Board determined that Senator Obama presented the best chance for working Americans to have a voice in the White House.
Sen. Barack Obama is the only presidential candidate who can right the destructive wrongs of the past eight years.
Looking at Obama's record on trade issues and issues dear to working families - such as his commitment to passing the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) - the choice was clear for the Teamsters Union.
I've had several candid conversations with Obama. There's no doubt in my mind that he has a genuine concern about not only our country's trade policies, but about the hardworking men and women whose livelihoods and families are affected by them.