Advisory Board September 2005 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; IBT Eastern Region meeting, Atlantic City, N.J.; Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship event, Beatrice, Neb.; Norfolk Southern-North Lines GCofA Quadrennial mtg., Cleveland; CRLO negotiation mtg., Washington, D.C.; RLBC-NCCC mtgs., Washington, D.C.; Change To Win Founding convention, St. Louis; NARR 2005 annual mtg., Chicago; Div. 98-621 Town Hall mtg., Lincoln, Neb.

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; NS organizing campaign; Numerous Town Hall meetings at multiple locations, including Danville, Fort Mitchell, Cleveland, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham, Macon, Waynesburg, Shire Oaks, Conway, Norfolk, Crewe, Roanoke, Bluefield, Charleston, Williamson, Portsmouth, Charlotte, Linwood, and Greenville.

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; Rail Craft Scholarship Event, Beatrice, Neb.; Joint Division mtg., Lincoln, Neb.; Norfolk Southern-Northern Lines GCofA mtg., Cleveland; IBT Finance Committee mtg., Cleveland; Change To Win inaugural convention, St. Louis, Mo.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-CSX Western Lines GCofA mtg.; Mtgs. w/ CSX General Chairmen regarding dual track bargaining; Public Law Board 1063, NS; CSX Family Day event, Greenwood, S.C.; Mtg. w/ President Hahs; Assisted Grand Trunk Western GCA for planning session with upcoming negotiations and day-to-day issues; Assisted CSX, NS and GTW committees and performed general office duties.

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; PLB 6844 Exec. Session, Chicago; WC/WSOR general assistance; National Office staff mtg., Cleveland; Div. 394 mtg., general assistance, IHB & BRC; Metra award distribution & instructions to claimants, re: reinstatements; IHB exec. cmte.; Arrangements/set up @ BMWE for press conference; Press conf., re: River Grove award, pedestrian-station safety awareness program; Metra post-accident management & organization; Metra contract negotiations; Bauman retirement & mtg., Metra; NRAB annual mtg., employee interviews, re: 9/17 accident, Chicago; Public-civic awareness mtg., Metra; CN/IC contract negotiations; Follow-up employee interviews, re: 9/17 Metra accident; FRA Part 240.409 dockets: EQAL 01-06, 03-47.

Vice-President Dale McPherson - CP Rail; Port. Term. RR; Longivew Portland & Northern; Longview Switching Co.; Indiana RR; W&LE RR; Utah Railroad; UP Eastern Dist.; UP former CNW; DM&IR RR; Portland & Western RR; Great Western RR; Appalachian & Ohio RR; Public Law Boards 5604, 5681, 5721, 6040, 6281, 6558, 6589; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Arbitration, PLB 6449 and 6440, UP, Cheyenne; National wage/rule contract mtgs., Washington, D.C.; Portland & Western contract mtgs., Salem, Ore; National Association of Railroad Arbitrators mtg., Chicago.

Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Raymond A. Holmes - BLET Washington D.C. office; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Rep. Don Young's Midnight Sun PAC, Alaska.

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; St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR; Indiana Southern RR; Preparation for Public Law Board (PLB); PLB 6884 (KCS) session, Chicago; International Fatigue Managemetn Conference, Seattle; Research, correspondence and general office duties.

Vice-President Stephen D. Speagle-Assigned to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, Pacific Harbor Line; Missouri & Northern Arkansas (M&NA); Wabash Hospital Association mtgs., Decatur; Mtgs. w/ Divisions 98 and 621, Lincoln, Neb.; Div. 687 mtg., Sioux City, Iowa; Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition mtg. and BLET wage/rule mtg., Washington, D.C.; Division 290 mtg., Duluth, Minn.

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; UPCR GC Rightnowar, auto-markup arbitration, Boston; PTC symposium, Washington, D.C.; UPWL and UPWR arbitration boards 180, 4450, 4451 and 4452, Detroit, Mich; Arbitration Board 6833 & 6834, assisting UPSR GC Gore, New Orleans; Trip rates, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, Colton, Calif.; Ebb & flow negotiations, assisting UPWL GC Hannah, San Antonio; Office, paper, filing, STD and calls, assisting.

Vice-President Paul L. Wingo Jr. - Assigned to NS-Southern Lines and Eastern Region GCofAs; Meridian Southern; New York Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; BLET Rail Security Officer; Division 301 mtg., Roanoke, Va.; Labor Relations mtg. on issues of crew management and payroll, Atlanta; NYSW contract negotiations, Binghamton, N.Y.; Special issue, re: PLB 5191; Pueblo, Colo., mtg. w/ U.S. Department of Energy Transportation Coordination Group; Div. 110 special issues w/ General Chairman Wallace, Cincinnat; General office duties.

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