Advisory Board September 2002 Activity

By action of the delegates at the Fifth Quinquennial Convention, summaries of BLE Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

International President Don M. Hahs-International Office: General supervision of BLE activities; General office duties; Fatigue presentation, Washington D.C., to carriers, NTSB, rail labor, AAR, FRA, shortlines (introduction of EIE program); TTD mtgs., D.C.; Mtg. w/ NMB members; Mtg. w/ John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President; Mtg. w/ FRA; Mtg. w/ new president of ASLRRA; SWCM, Ft. Worth (mtg. and rally); Section 3 mtg., new NMB arbitrators; NMB panel discussion; Various office duties, telephone calls, correspondence.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of ID office; Various correspondence and telephone calls; Holiday; BLE fatigue recommendations in Washington, D.C.; Mtg. w/ TTD Rail Div., D.C.; Mtg. w/ NMB; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg., Chicago; Vacation; SWCM; Advisory Board mtg.

General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLE financial and record depts.; ID office; BLE Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; BLE Safety Task Force; Mtgs. w/ vendors and financial institutions; Informational seminar, Greenbo, Ky.; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg., Chicago; SWCM, Fort Worth, Texas.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Assisted NS, GTW and CSXT general committees on various issues; Attended informational mtg. of Division 444; SBA 1063 arbitration hearings; Section 6 notice mtg., Wheeling & Lake Erie; General office duties.

Vice-President Joseph A. Cassidy Jr.- General office duties; Study & paperwork; BNSF mtg., K.C.; Mtg. w/ VP McPherson; Mtg. w/ DM&IR G.C. Delano; Mtg. w/ DM&IR grievance cmte.; Mtg. w/ Div. 521 members; Mtg. w/ CSXT G.C. Roberts; Mtg. w/ Div. 581 & 446 members; Prepare for Public Law Board; SWCM, Ft. Worth; Mtg. w/ CSXT-disputes resolution; Mtg. w/ G.C. CSXT-Northern Lines; Mtg. w/ G.C. CSXT-Western Lines.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - Washington D.C. office; General office duties; Holiday; BLE fatigue mtg.; Mtg. w/ Cong. Sweeney (R-NY), re: Amtrak; TTD Rail Division mtg.; Receptions: Cong. Wexler (D-FL), Cong. Oberstar (D-MN); Mtg. w/ Cong. Sabo (D-MN) and Emerson (R-MO), re: Amtrak; Mtg. w/ FRA; Mtg. w/ John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President; Dinner w/ IBT President Hoffa; Mtg. w/ ASLRRA; SWCM, Ft. Worth.

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to following properties: KCS; Midsouth; South Rail; Gateway Western; Springfield Terminal; Tex Mex RR; Contract mtgs. w/ Divisions 281 & 282 (Cincinnati & Lima, Ohio), Indiana & Ohio Rwy.; GCofA elections and meetings at Laredo, Texas (Tex-Mex Rwy.); SWCM, Ft. Worth; General office duties, research, paperwork; Vacation.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle- Office work; Participated in Labor Day parade & attended Division 155 picnic; Mtg. w/ Wabash Hospital administrators, NS; Mtgs. w/ Divisions 502 & 107, Kansas City; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg., Chicago; BNSF on-property negotiations, Ft. Worth; PLB 6345, Decatur; SWCM, Ft. Worth; Railroad Referees Nat'l. Assoc. mtg., Chicago.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of the following properties: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; UP-Tacoma Belt; General office duties, telephone paperwork, filing; NMB training and on-property negotiations, Omaha (UP); PLB 6170; SWCM, Ft. Worth.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ID Office; BLE 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; RCO arbitration case research & prep., Chicago; NRAB general assistance, METRA/various, Chicago; Arbitration case mtg. w/ General Chairmen, Cleveland; Guest speaker, Assn. of Rwy. Communicators; IHB general assistance/negotiations; Railway Supply Assn. mtgs.; Nat'l. Assoc. of RR Referees, Chicago; General assistance/remote control tech. prep., WC, Madison, Wisc.; FRA Part 240.409 dockets this month: 00-51 (UP), 00-67 (UP), 00-84 (UP), 98-84 (CP), 01-26 (UP), 01-69 (UP), 00-79 (UP), 01-16 (CSX), 01-29 (UP), 01-06 (CSX), 01-27 (UP), 01-18 (UP), 01-23 (UP).

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; I&M Rail Link; Port. Term. RR; Lonview Portland & Northern; Longview Switching; Indiana RR; M&NA; Utah RR; UP (Eastern District); UP (former CNW); General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Mtg. w/ G.C. Utah RR Co.; CP Rail contract mtgs., G.C. M.D. Priester; Mtgs. w/ G.C. Priester, IMRL sale/claims; DM&IR mtgs., Duluth, Minn.; DM&IR mtgs., Evtac; PLB 6040 preparation & hearings, San Francisco; SWCM, Ft. Worth.

Vice-President & Canadian Director Gilles Hallé-Ottawa Office; Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) hearings, re: VIa Rail (three weeks), Toronto; Various abitration (one week), Montreal.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative-Canada T. George Hucker-Ottawa Office; National Legislative Board-Canada; Fatigue presentation, Washington D.C.; Mtg. w/ Air Canada Pilots Assoc. President, Ottawa; CN Rail senior health & safety mtgs., Montreal; Operation Lifesaver mtg., Kanata; CLC Nat'l. Political Action Cmte. Mtg., Ottawa; VIA Rail SMS audit, initial briefing w/ Transport Canada, Montreal; Attended VIA Rail's preview of Renaissance Train, Ottawa.

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