Advisory Board September 2004 Activity

In accordance with the BLET Bylaws, summaries of BLET Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

National President Don M. Hahs-National Division office: General supervision of BLET activities; General office duties; NARR conference, Chicago; Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM), Houston, Texas; Rail Bargaining Coalition mtg.; Rail Craft Scholarship fund raiser, Eagle, Neb.; Florida State Legislative Board mtgs., Tampa, Fla.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Vice President assignments; Special Representative assignments; Organizing department; Shortline department; Passenger department; Various correspondence & phone calls; Mtg. w/ TCRC President and Legislative Chairman; Mtg. w/ T. Ingram, CSXT President; Holiday, SWCM; Septa General Chairman and Executive Committee mtg.; Florida SLB mtg.

National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert-General supervision of BLET financial, record depts.; ND office; BLET Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; Safety Task Force; Meetings with vendors and financial institutions; Meeting with National Officers of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference; Southwestern Convention Meeting, Houston, TX; Railcraft Scholarship Meeting, Lincoln, NE; Joint Division meeting, Lincoln, NE; IBT Finance Committee meeting.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Public Law Board 6619; Advisory Board mtg.; Grand Trunk Western contract discussions; Wheeling & Lake Erie Section 6 negotiations; Worked on issues involving SBA 1063; Assisted GTW, CSX and NS Northern Lines w/ various issues.

Vice-President Richard K. Radek- ND Office; BLET 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; General assistance, Sec. 3 sub-committee; Metra STF and conference, Chicago, w/ M. Priester, re: River Grove accident; Nat'l. Assn. of RR Referees; NRAB annual mtg. Chicago; Section 3 (Labor) Committee; CN/WC L-M mtg., Green Bay; Manning requirement dispute, IHB; Div. 184 mtg., WC, Schiller Park, Chgo. Term. Cons.; FRA hearing NPRM, Wash., D.C., event recorders; Part 240.409 dockets this month, EQAL 02-67, 02-52, 01-16.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; Missouri & Northern Arkansas RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; BLET National Bargaining Cmte.; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Ratification mtgs., B&S RR contract, Birmingham, Ala.; Soo Line contract mediation, Chicago; SWCM, Houston; PLB 6040 arbitration, Miami; Salem OR-P&W contract negotiations, Salem, Ore.; Div. 416 mtg., Salem, Ore.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen; Event for Don Young (R-AK); Fundraiser for Cong. Martin Frost (D-TX).

Vice-President Merle W. Geiger Jr.- Assigned to: BLET Trainmen's Department; Kansas City Southern; Gateway Western; Midsouth Rail; Southrail; Texas-Mexican Rwy.; Springfield Terminal, Delaware & Hudson; Indiana & Ohio RR; Louisville & Indiana RR; New York, Susquehanna & Western RR; St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR; Indiana Southern RR; Contract mediation on D&H w/ GC Twombly, Clifton Park, N.Y.; Contract mtgs. on NYS&W w/ GC Martin, Binghamton, N.Y.; SWCM, Houston; Contract mtgs. on L&I, Jeffersonville, Ind.; Mtgs. w/ GC Clark and Tex-Mex, Corpus Christie, Texas; Holiday; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line; General office duties; Mtgs. w/ BNSF VP-Labor Relations/executive session, PLB 6041, Fort Worth, Texas; National Association of Railroad Referees mtg., Chicago; SWCM, Houston; Wabash Historical Society mtg., Decatur; Safety Summit II mtg., BNSF, Fort Worth; Interdivisional mtg. with all BNSF General Chairmen, Fort Worth; Attend Division 98 and 621 meeting.

Vice-President E.L. "Lee" Pruitt - Assisted general chairmen & members of: UP-Western Lines; UP-Western Region; UP-Central Region; UP-Southern Region; UP-Tacoma Belt; General office duties, telephone paperwork; Arbitration Board 6729, 6730, 6731, 6732, Las Vegas; Assisting GC Donnigan, GCofA mtgs., West Yellowstone, UPWR GCofA; Assisting General Chairman Gore, New Orleans, UPSR GCofA; Trip Rate mtgs., Dallas/Fort Worth, UPSR GCofA.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern GCofA; Meridian Southern; BLET Rail Security Officer; Worked w/ IBT Strategic Planning Dept., re: IC&E; FRA-LERB petition; Atlanta mtg. of NS-Pittsburg Division Local Chairmen; Washington, D.C., mtg/ w/ FRA Security Director; FRA mtg. w/ Bob Harvey and Scott Palmer, re: Special project; NS disability income protectioon agreement for ratification; Div. 423 special issue; General office duties.

 

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