General Chairmen complete intensive Education & Training workshop

Because of the overwhelming response to the sign up of the first General Chairman workshop sponsored by the BLET Education & Training Department earlier this year, a second GC workshop was held September 9-13 at the Hyatt Regency Union Station in St. Louis. Attendees at the second workshop are pictured above.

Front row, from left: Gary Perrien, Vice General Chairman UP Southern Region; James Louis, Alt. General Chairman CSXT N.D./Conrail SAA; Rick Radek, Vice President & Director of Arbitration; Ken Kroeger Coordinator of Education & Training / Special Representative; John Koonce, General Chairman CN/IC; Michael Clark, General Chairman Tex Mex (KCS); Karl Draper, General Chairman Utah Railway.

Back row, from left: Daniel Burgess, Vice Local Chairman 456 NS Eastern Lines; Doug Davidson Assistant Director of Arbitration / Labor Member ­ NRAB; Donald Hill, Vice General Chairman SEPTA; Mark Whitchurch, 1st Vice General Chairman & Sec/Treas CN/IC; Paul Osciak, Vice General Chairman SEPTA.

The focus of the workshop was the preparation of submissions for arbitrations conducted pursuant to Section Three of the Railway Labor Act (RLA). During the four day workshop, participants learned about the history of the Railway Labor Act, along with the collective bargaining and arbitration provisions in it. There were classes during the workshop on Duty of Fair Representation, suspension and discharge cases, and applicability of common law in back pay awards. The attendees were given an assignment of writing a mitigation argument letter and these were critiqued in class the last day.

There are still some General Chairman that have not been able to attend the class and a third class is planned for 2008. Details regarding that workshop will be made available soon.



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