Advisory Board July 2005 Activity

In accordance with the BLET Bylaws, summaries of BLET Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

National President Don M. Hahs-National Division office: General supervision of BLET activities; General office duties; International Western Convention, Calgary; Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship event, Lawson, Mo.; RLBC-NCCC meetings, Washington, D.C.; IBT General Executive Board mtgs., Chicago; Various conference calls and meetings regarding AFL-CIO issues.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Vice President assignments; Special Representative assignments; Organizing department; Shortline department; Passenger department; Various correspondence & phone calls; NS organizing campaign; Numerous Town Hall meetings at multiple locations, including Danville, Fort Mitchel, Cleveland, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham, Macon, Waynesburg, Shire Oaks, Conway, Norfolk, Crewe, Roanoke, Bluefield, Charleston, Williamson, Portsmouth, Charlotte, Linwood, and Greenville.

National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLET financial, record depts.; ND office; BLET Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; Safety Task Force; Meetings with vendors and financial institutions; International Western Convention, Calgary, Alberta; Rail Craft Scholarship event, Kansas City, Mo.; Joint division mtg., Moberly, Mo.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Eastern Union Meeting Association; Mtg. w/ CSX Chief Operating Officer and VP Labor Relations; Assisted CSX General Committees, NS Northern Lines GCA, Grand Trunk Western GCA; Division mtg., Moberly, Ind.; CSX Western Lines mtg.; Strategic planning mtg. w/ General Chairman Karakian for upcoming wage/rule movement; Mtg. w/ National President.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ND Office; BLET 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; IHB/CN mtgs., negotiations, Chicago, Cleveland; Metra grievance handling, Chicago; NRAB arbitration, mtg., negotiations, CSX/IHB; Labor/management conf., CN; Arbitration prep., PLB No. 6844, Metra, Cleveland; Remote control env. mtg. w/ Illinois EPA, Peoria, Ill.; Wisconsin Southern organizing support, Chicago; BLET/IBT mtg. (cancelled); PLB No. 6680, L-M mtg., Chicago; PLB No. 6680 Exec. Session, BNSF; IHB and IC&E general assistance; FRA Part 240.409 dockets: EQAL 01-16, 03-47, 04-12.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; W&LE RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; DM&IR RR; Portland & Western RR; Great Western RR; Appalachian & Ohio RR; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6558, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; CN/DMIR contract negotiations, Duluth, Minn.; Birmingham Southern remote control issues, Birmingham, Ala.; Vacation.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Cooperating Rail Labor Organizations (CRLO) mtgs., Miami; AFL-CIO Executive Council mtgs., Las Vegas.

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to: BLET Trainmen's Department; Kansas City Southern; Gateway Western; Midsouth Rail; Southrail; Texas-Mexican Rwy.; Springfield Terminal, Delaware & Hudson; Indiana & Ohio RR; Louisville & Indiana RR; St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR; Indiana Southern RR; NARAP; Work/Rest Task Force; Mtg. w/ National Legislative Staff, Washington, D.C.; NARAP conference call; BLET national conference call; Vacation, holiday; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line; Missouri & Northern Arkansas (M&NA); National wage/rules committee; Special mtg. of Wabash Hospital Assoc., Decatur; International Western Convention, Calgary; Wage/rule mtgs. for M&NA, Springfield, Mo.; National Wage/Rule mtgs. w/ NCCC, Washington, D.C.; Attend Div. 86 mtg., NS, Decatur.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; UP-Tacoma Belt; General office duties, telephone paperwork; UPCR GC Rightnowar, auto-markup arbitration, Boston; PTC symposium, Washington, D.C.; UPWL and UPWR arbitration boards 180, 4450, 4451 and 4452, Detroit, Mich; Arbitration Board 6833 & 6834, assisting UPSR GC Gore, New Orleans; Trip rates, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, Colton, Calif.; Ebb & flow negotiations, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, San Antonio; Office, paper, filing, STD and calls, assisting.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Meridian Southern; New York Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; BLET Rail Security Officer; International Western Convention, Calgary; Norfolk Southern A card mtgs., Knoxville, Atlanta; NECR contract ratification mtgs., St. Albans, Vt., and Palmer, Mass.; PLB 6434, Norfolk, Va.; Security project; General office duties.

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