Support grows for H.R. 1140, S. 697

BLE International President Edward Dubroski met with top GIA officers this month at the BLE's National Legislative Offices in Washington, D.C., to coordinate lobbying efforts for the Railroad Retirement & Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

President Dubroski met with GIA officers Mabel Grotzinger, GIA First Vice-President, and Becky B. Schneider, GIA 2nd Vice-President & National Legislative Representative

The legislation, numbered H.R. 1140 in the House, has 356 co-sponsors, while S. 697 has 60 Senate co-sponsors.

Dubroski emphasized the important role GIA members have played in securing co-sponsors for the legislation.

"Justice for railroad widows and widowers is long overdue, and the other Railroad Retirement improvements are well-deserved by our BLE and GIA members," Dubroski said. "The joint legislative effort by the BLE and the GIA is producing results on the Hill, and we all should be proud of the work by Sister Grotzinger and Sister Schneider."

The GIA officers were in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for passage of the Railroad Retirement measure. VP Schneider spent a week lobbying in Washington. The BLE and GIA are working in conjunction with other rail labor unions to secure passage of H.R. 1140 and S. 697.

"It was a very positive experience, with everyone working toward the same goal, and we put aside whatever difference we might have had and came together for a common cause," Sister Schneider said.

"We were able to address the concerns that the legislators had," she said.

She said the bill could face problems in the Senate, as it did last time, but is hopeful the bill will pass.

VP Schneider has only recently moved into the GIA Legislative Representative position, which was formerly filled by GIA 1st VP Grotzinger.

"It's a lot of work, but it's worthwhile work," she said. "Mabel is the one that made it what it is today, and moved it to the point where we feel like we really are making a difference as GIA members."

BLE International President Edward Dubroski, center, coordinates lobbying efforts with GIA officers Mabel Grotzinger, left, and Becky Schneider, right, during a recent visit to the BLE's National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. In the House, H.R. 1140 has 356 co-sponsors, while in the Senate, S. 697 has 60 co-sponsors.


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers