Sweeney meets BLE State Legislative Board Chairmen
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (fourth from left) recently met with several State Legislative Board Chairmen of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Denver. Pictured above, from left, are J.T. Norris, Virginia State Legislative Board Chairman; Chuck Hintz, Iowa State Legislative Board Chairman; Tommy Mayne, Kentucky State Legislative Board Chairman; President Sweeney; and Keith Leubke, Wisconsin State Legislative Board Chairman. The meeting took place at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Denver, where more than 6,200 people were in attendance.
The NCSL was founded in 1975 and is recognized as the preeminent bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. It is the only organization that provides an open, bipartisan, national forum for lawmakers to communicate with one another and share ideas. It provides a respected voice for the states in Washington, D.C., representing their interests before Congress, the administration and federal agencies.
Brother Mayne reported that while at the conference, he held meetings with Kentucky State Senator Tom Buford and State Representative Joni Jenkins. Brother Mayne and Brother Newman also gave presentations to the body regarding railroad safety and fatigue, addressing many of the BLE's top legislative concerns.
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