ID convention set for Miami

625 delegates converge on Miami for 7th Quinquennial ID Convention

A total of 625 delegates from the U.S. and Canada will convene in Miami, Fla., on September 24 for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' Seventh Quinquennial International Convention.

In addition to electing the officers who will lead the BLE for the next five years, delegates will also consider more than 100 resolutions to amend the BLE's Constitution & Bylaws.

The convention will be held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, where delegates can register on September 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on September 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The convention begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 24. The opening ceremony begins with ceremonial bag pipe playing. A Marine Corps color guard, representing the 8th Tank Battalion from Hialeah, Fla., will present the flags.

The highlight of Monday's opening ceremony is guest speaker Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America. Brother Roberts, along with 11 other protestors, was arrested in front of a cheering crowd on September 4 for blocking a road during a protest outside a coal mine in Oakland City, Ind. The UMWA is attempting to unionize more than a dozen Black Beauty Coal Co. mines in Indiana and Illinois, and Roberts said the arrests were part of a large-scale UMWA organizing drive.

It is expected election of officers will take place the morning of September 26, with any runoff elections that may occur taking place that evening or the morning of September 27.

It is anticipated that the convention will adjourn on September 28, however, it is impossible to accurately forecast the exact time as the final decision will be made by the delegates in session.

A GIA-BLE reception will be held on September 23 and a banquet is scheduled for September 27.

While Miami is a beautiful setting and delegates are invited to bring their families along, they may not be able to spend much time together. With early morning meetings and late night caucuses, the work of delegates is arduous and time-consuming.


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers