Advisory Board June 2002 Activity

By action of the delegates at the Fifth Quinquennial Convention, summaries of BLE Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

International President Don M. Hahs International Office: General supervision of BLE activities; General office duties; Democratic convention, Boston; Mtg. w/ CN officers Paul Tellier & Hunter Harrison, Montreal; Mtg. w/ UP CEO Ike Evans & BLE General Chairmen, re: Remote control, Omaha; TTD mtg., D.C.; Rail Labor mtg. at White House w/ Bush's Domestic Policy Adviser & Deputy Political Director, D.C.; SMA, Virginia Beach; NCCC negotiations, D.C.; Mtg. w/ DOT Sec'y. Mineta, re: Amtrak; Fox News Channel interview, national TV broacast; Mtg. w/ Special Reps; Amtrak lobbying & mtgs. w/ various legislators, Cong. Don Young (R-AK), Cong. Kucinich (D-OH), Cong. Brown (D-OH), Senator Lieberman (D-CT), Senator Specter (R-PA), Cong. Pat Kennedy (D-RI); Mtgs. w/ General President Hoffa & IBT; Amtrak lobbying effort & mtgs. w/ BLE State Legislative Board Chairmen.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz Assisted President in general operation of ID office; General office duties; IBT Special Convention; Mtg. w/ IBT President James Hoffa & IBT General Counsel; Mtgs. w/ NCCC, national handling; Two vacation days; Telephone and correspondence; Holiday; Phone conference w/ various engineers & trainmen on Tex Mex RR.

General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert General supervision of BLE financial and record depts.; ID office; BLE Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; BLE Safety Task Force; Mtgs. w/ vendors and financial institutions; Local Chairmen training classes, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.; Southeastern Meeting Association, Virginia Beach, Va.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow General office duties; Public Law Board 6470 (CSX); Section Six strategy session, Grand Trunk committee; Executive Session w/ Referee Vaughn; Executive Session w/ Arbitrator Ben (PL days, CSX-Eastern Lines); SMA; Nat'l. Wage/Rules committee mtg. w/ NCCC; Attended dinner mtg. of Divisions 246, 742, 154 and 7; Assisted NS, CSX, GTW committees with various issues.

Vice-President Joseph A. Cassidy Jr. Conference w/ FRA, re: security issues; Attended Ridgewood Democratic Club dinner; General office duties; Mtg. w/ EJ&E grievance committee; Mtg. w/ Gen'l. Chairman Hall, EJ&E; Attended Division 520 mtg.; Conference w/ NYS&W General Chairman; LIRR memorial golf outing; Attended Southeastern Meeting Association, Virginia Beach, Va.; Mtg. w/ BLE Executive Committee; Conference w/ legislative representatives, re: Amtrak; Study & paperwork.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes Washington D.C. office; Texas; Reception: Cong. Rodriquez (D-TX);, Cong. Baird (D-WA), Edwards (R-TX), Pelosi (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (Democratic Candidate, U.S. Senate, N.H.); AFL-CIO admin. mtg.; TTD legis. mtg.; TTD/Rail Div. mtg.; Mtg. w/ staff, House T&I Committee, re: Fatigue; SMA; IBT political/legislative mtgs.; White House briefing; Press conference at Union Station, re: Amtrak; Mtg. w/ DOT Secretary Mineta, re: Amtrak; Labor press conference call; IBT congressional reception; Montana AFL-CIO mtgs.; TTD conference call, re: Amtrak update and S. 1991; Briefing/reception, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr. Assigned to following properties: KCS; Midsouth; South Rail; Gateway Western; Springfield Terminal; Contract negotiations, Indiana & Ohio; SMA; PLB 6145 (Springfield Terminal); Contract negotiations, Springfield Terminal; Prepare for public law board; General office duties & paperwork.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle ARMSE mtgs., Las Vegas; Mtg. w/ BNSF hospital assoc.; Mtg. w/ CSX hospital assoc.; Mtg. w/ BNSF CEO Matt Rose; Mtg. on merging seniority dispute, BNSF; Div. 777 mtg., Kansas City; SMA; Mtg. w/ BNSF safety coordinators; Attended BNSF safety summit; Div. 662 mtg.; Div. 398 mtg.; Mtg. on equity between BNSF & UP helpers.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt Assisted general chairmen & members of the following properties: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; Tacoma Belt; General office duties; PLB 4450, PLB 4451 & PLB 4452, Houston; Assist General Chairmen & members, UPRR/Tacoma Rail; Remote control mtgs, UP-North, Kansas City, assisting GC Rightnowar & members; Remote control mtgs. w/ UP management; Work/rest mtgs. w/ UP management.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek ID Office; BLE 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; CN/IC contract negotiations, Tampa, Fla., Chicago, Memphis, Tenn.; Div. 173 mtg., CN/WC, Fon du Lac, Wisc.; 2002-2003 Metra operating budget mtg., Chicago; Remote control dispute, Chicago; NRAB arbitration, Chicago; Div. 114 mtgs., CN/IC, Waterloo, Iowa; FRA Part 240.409 dockets this month: EQAL 01-23 (UP), 01-06 (CSX), 00-67 (UP), 00-51 (UP).

Vice-President Dale McPherson UP Eastern Lines; CP/U.S. (Soo); I&MRL; M&NA; LP&N; Longview Sw. Co; TRRA-St. Louis; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Mtg. w/ Gen. Chrmn. Browning, B&S RR, Birmingham, Ala.; Contract negotiations, B&S RR; NCCC/BLE negotiations, Ft. Worth; Mtg. w/ GC Priester, IMRL/DME sale, Kansas City.

Vice-President & Canadian Director Gilles Hallé Ottawa Office; CFIL negotiations, Montreal; CN Community Fund, Montreal; Mtgs. w/ CN Rail; Mtg. w/ VIA Rail; CN pension mtg. w/ General Chairmen; CN Senior Officers mtgs.; Div. 885 Grand Mere Div. golf tournament; CNR LTD mtgs.; RCTC national negotiations.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative-Canada T. George Hucker Ottawa Office; National Legislative Board-Canada; CPR return to work senior policy cmte. mtg., Calgary; CPR fatigue policy mtg., Calgary; Labour artibtration seminar, Calgary; CALM conference, Vancouver; CP LTD Trustee mtgs., Toronto; Manitoba Labour Relations Board, Ottawa; Work on Hours of Service regulations, Ottawa.

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