Advisory Board March 2005 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; TTD Winter Executive Committee meeting, Las Vegas; AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting, Las Vegas; Rail Labor Coalition meeting, Washington, D.C.; FRA meeting, Washington, D.C.; National Negotiations, Washington, D.C.; IBT Western Region meeting, San Diego.

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; South Buffalo RR contract negotiations; CRLO mtgs., Rail Labor Division mtg.; TTD mtg.; AFL-CIO mtgs.; Metro North mtg.; Norfolk Southern General Chairmen mtgs.; Rail Bargaining Coalition mtg.

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-Treasurers Workshops in Denver and Chicago; Local Chairman's Workshop, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Performed office inventory; Reviewed cases for Public Law Boards; Attended meeting of Division 498; Assisted CSX, NS, GTW committees with the handling of various issues; Meeting with Local Chairman of Division 598; 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; Div. 815 and 131 mtg., Metra; CN/WC investigation, Fon du Lac, Wisc.; Div. 173 mtg., general assistance, WSOR, Madison, Wisc.; L/M mtg., CN/WC; Negotiations, WC GCofA conf. call, Homewood, Ill.; CN/WC negotiations; WSOR organizing mtg.; Local Chairman's Workshop, Champaign, Ill.; IHB negotiations assistance, Hammond, Ind.; BRC and EJ&E general assistance, Chicago; Metra Section 6 notice mtg.; Part 240.409 dockets this month: EQAL 01-16, 00-84, 02-01, 03-31, 02-45, 02-52, 03-35 and 01-23.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; DM&IR RR; Portland & Western RR; Great Western RR; Appalachian & Ohio RR; BLET National Bargaining Cmte.; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6558, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; Utah RR contract negotiations, Provo, Utah; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; National negotiations w/ NCCC, Washington, D.C.; P&W RR contract negotiations, Salem, Ore.; Mtg. w/ members at Indiana RR, Indianapolis; DMIR/CN contract negotiations, St. Paul, Minn.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Cooperating Rail Labor Organizations (CRLO) mtgs., Miami; AFL-CIO Executive Council mtgs., 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; KCS mtg. w/ GC Parker, Kansas City; Mtg. w/ BLET Division 930, Kansas City; Review of awards and Executive Session, PLB 6810 (Tex Mex); Holiday, vacation, 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); Attend Safety Summit II mtg., BNSF, Fort Worth; National bargaining, Washington, D.C.; Mediation for Pacific Harbor Line, Long Beach, Calif.; Division 264 mtg., El Paso, Texas; Public Law Board 6540, BNSF, Reno, Nev.; PLB 6491, MRL, Reno; Travel, office work.

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; UPCR GC Rightnowar, auto-markup arbitration, Boston; PTC symposium, Washington, D.C.; UPWL and UPWR arbitration boards 180, 4450, 4451 and 4452, Detroit, Mich; Arbitration Board 6833 and 6834, assisting UPSR GC Gore, New Orleans; Trip rates, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, Colton, Calif.; Ebb and flow negotiations, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, San Antonio; Office, paper, filing, STD and calls, assisting UPWL, WR, CR, SR, Tacoma Belt.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern GCofA; Meridian Southern; New York Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; BLET Rail Security Officer; Attended meetings with NS, Norfolk, Va; PLB 6728; Special issues with Divisions 899, 239 and Meridian Southern; New England Central contract negotiations, St. Albans, Vt., w/ GC Ben Martin; Vacation; Security project planning; General office duties.


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