Advanced Local Chairman set for November 6-12

The Education & Training Department of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is seeking participants for an advanced Local Chairman Workshop scheduled for November 6­12, 2005.

The workshop will take place at the National Labor College on the campus of the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Md.

The advanced workshop will start the evening of Sunday, November 6, and will run all day Monday through Friday, concluding with a banquet on Friday night, November 11.

This workshop is one day longer than the regular Local Chairman's workshop and will go into greater detail on writing, claims handling, and investigations. Among other assignments, the students will be given a topic to research and report back to the class; there will be a session on Duty of Fair Representation (DFR); the Railway Labor Act (RLA); and several appeal letters will have to be written on cases passed out in class. Again, a highlight of the workshop is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

You do not have to be a current Local Chairman to attend the November 6-11 workshop. It is open to all past participants of the five-day class and attendance at a regional meeting workshop does not apply. BLET members who are interested in registering for the workshop may do so online at .

Upon successful completion of the course, everyone will qualify for a $91 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation. The stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the respective divisions.

The BLET Education & Training Department presents these workshops in conjunction with the staff of the George Meany Center. Workshop instructors will include: BLET National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert; BLET Vice-President Richard K. Radek; Assistant Director of the BLET Arbitration Department Marcus Ruef; and Special Representative and Coordinator of Education & Training Ken Kroeger.

The BLET pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition, and a Friday evening graduation banquet. BLET members who attend are responsible for their transportation costs as well as the cost of room and board.

Registration for the Advanced Local Chairman workshop is on a first-come, first-served basis with class size limited to the first 10 who register through the BLET website. For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger, Coordinator of the BLET Education & Training Dept., at (216) 272-0986 or


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