NS-Eastern Lines General Chairman Willard Kinght reelected by acclamation

General Chairman Willard Knight was reelected by acclamation at the quadrennial meeting of the Norfolk Southern-Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment in Roanoke, Va.

Brother Knight has been a member of BLET Division 511 (Portsmouth, Ohio) since he first joined the Brotherhood on January 1, 1974. This is his fourth term as General Chairman and was first elected to the office in 1992.

"It is a distinct honor and a privilege to serve the Brotherhood and I thank the membership for their continued support," Brother Knight said.

Other officers elected were: Kevin S. Peek, 1st Vice Chairman (Division 456, Norfolk, Va.); E.L. Bright, 2nd Vice Chairman (Division 79, Columbus, Ohio); D.L. Young, Secretary-Treasurer (Division 301, Roanoke, Va.); and R.G. Preece, Alternate S-T (Division 401, Williamson, W.Va.).

BLET National President Ed Rodzwicz attended the meetings, which were held in Roanoke, Va., from April 22-25. Also on hand to represent the National Division were: National Vice President Marcus Ruef; National Vice President and Director of Arbitration Richard K. Radek; and Assistant Director of Arbitration Doug Davidson. Brothers Radek, Ruef and Davidson conducted an arbitration seminar for the delegates.

During the convention, Brother Knight presented a plaque to former GCofA Secretary-Treasurer Larry G. Young (Division 217, Shenandoah, Va.), thanking him for his many years of service to the Brotherhood. Brother Young retired in 2005.

The delegates also discussed the on-property agreement and handled general committee business during closed sessions.

The Norfolk Southern-Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment represents more than 800 members from 11 Divisions in three different states (Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia). The GCofA is comprised primarily of the former N&W territory and also includes three former Conrail Divisions.


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