GC Preister reelected by acclamation at CP Rail System/U.S.

Michael D. Priester was reelected to his third term as General Chairman of the CP Rail System/U.S. General Committee of Adjustment at meetings held in Las Vegas in late June.

Brother Priester joined the Brotherhood on Feb. 1, 1972, and is a member of BLET Division 754 (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Also elected were: 1st Vice General Chairman Pete Semenek of Division 790 (Chicago); 2nd Vice General Chairman Gordon Kepka of Division 357 (Minneapolis, Minn.); and 3rd Vice General Chairman Randy Edwards of Division 754 (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Secretary-Treasurer Craig Thurow of Division 160 (Harvey, N.D.) was reelected by acclamation, while the new Alternate Secretary-Treasurer is Andy Olson of Division 768 (Thief River Falls, Minn.).

BLET National President Don Hahs attending the meetings, along with National Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert. Vice Presidents Rick Radek, Dale McPherson, and Merle Geiger were also in attendance.

National Secretary-Treasurer Walpert, who heads the BLET Education and Training Department, and Vice-President Radek, who heads the BLET's Arbitration Department, held a Local Chairman Workshop for the delegates. Ken Kroeger, BLET Special Representative and Coordinator of the Education & Training Department, and Doug Davidson, BLET National Division Arbitration Department staff, were on hand to help facilitate the workshop.

President Hahs addressed the delegates and spoke about the recently ratified BLET National Contract. President Hahs also talked about the status of the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007, an important piece of Rail Labor-sponsored legislation that is currently in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also discussed the importance of supporting the BLET PAC fund in light of the important elections approaching in 2008.

Also on hand to address the delegates was Debbie Rine of the Rathman law firm, who discussed items of importance regarding Railroad Retirement.

The CP Rail System/U.S. General Committee of Adjustment represents the interests of nearly 600 locomotive engineers and trainmen.



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