VP Cassidy retires; Wingo elevated to Advisory Board

Joe Cassidy, one of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' most veteran and well-respected Vice Presidents, formally retired on November 1.

Brother Cassidy has served as a Vice President on the BLE's Advisory Board since 1991, winning re-election in 1996 and 2001.

As dictated by the BLE's Constitution & Bylaws, the First Alternate International Vice President is automatically promoted to fill vacancies on the Advisory Board. Brother Paul L. Wingo Jr. is now an International Vice President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

"Congratulations to Joe Cassidy on his well-deserved retirement after a long and distinguished career. And congratulations to Paul Wingo on his promotion to the Advisory Board of North America's senior rail labor union," said BLE International President Don M. Hahs.

Brother Cassidy, who turned 60 years old on November 5, retired under the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001. He began his railroad career in 1970 when he hired out as a fireman for the Long Island Rail Road. He joined BLE Division 269 that same year.

Prior to his election to the office of Vice President in 1991, Brother Cassidy served as the BLE General Chairman for the Long Island Rail Road, winning re-election to that office three times from 1982 to 1991.

Paul Wingo, the BLE's newest Vice President, was elected to the office of First Alternate International Vice-President in September of 2001 at the BLE's Seventh Quinquennial International Convention in Miami Beach, Fla.

Vice-President Wingo is a member of BLE Division 198 (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Immediately prior to his elevation to Vice President, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Norfolk Southern (Southern Region) General Committee of Adjustment from 1986 to 2002 and as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Tennessee State Legislative Board from 1982 to 2002.

"There are many challenges and opportunities facing the Brotherhood right now and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the membership," Vice-President Wingo said.

Brother Cassidy cited the August retirement of his wife, Dorothy, as one of the reasons for his retirement. The couple plans to immediately begin looking for a winter home in Florida. "As a Northeasterner, I am sick of snow," he said. Cassidy also plans to keep busy during retirement, possibly seeking arbitration or mediation work with the National Mediation Board.

Brother Cassidy left some encouraging words for the BLE and its members.

"Don Hahs has made all the right decisions since becoming President, and he has an exceptionally bright Advisory Board and Executive Committee," Cassidy said. "There's no reason why the BLE should not do well in the future.

"I'm proud to have served the BLE," he concluded. "My years with the BLE will remain among the fondest memories I will ever hold."


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