BLE announces grant for Local Chairman workshops

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers has received a $32,000 grant from the North American Railway Foundation to assist in the training and education of its membership.

Specifically, the grant will be used to pay BLE divisions that participate in the Local Chairmen Training Workshops provided by the BLE Education & Training Department. BLE divisions will be paid $85 per day, or $425 per week, after their appointed representative successfully completes the five-day workshop.

"One of the BLE's main objectives is to offer our members the highest quality education and training available," said General Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert, who heads the BLE's Education & Training Department. "On behalf of the men and women of the BLE, I thank NARF for its generous assistance in helping the BLE achieve this goal."

The per diem payments are limited to the first 75 who complete a five-day workshop. It is expected that the grant will cover the first 25 officers who register for next three Local Chairmen Workshops (25 participants per class, or 75 total).

The next workshop is scheduled for October 13-18 at the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Md. To register for the workshop, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or e-mail: <>.

With BLE divisions already registered for the October workshop, less than 75 grants are available. All funding is provided on a first come, first served basis, and funding requests must be received before Dec. 31, 2002.

The per diem payments will be made directly to the BLE Divisions involved and not to the BLE International. Details regarding how to request payment from NARF for attending a workshop will be available soon.


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