Three Local Chairman workshops on tap for 2004

The BLE Education & Training Department will conduct three Local Chairman Workshops in 2004 with the first scheduled for January 18-23.

The January workshop will take place on the campus of the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Md. The other classes are scheduled for March 21-26 on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and April 4-9 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Upon successful completion of the course, everyone will qualify for an $85 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation. The stipends will be paid directly to the Secretary-Treasurer of the respective divisions.

Among other assignments, the workshops will include BLE organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLE arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

These classes are not just for new Local Chairmen, and the BLE encourages all Local Chairmen to attend one of these workshops.

For the first time, Local Chairmen will have the opportunity to register for the 2004 workshops online through the BLE website at:

Also new for 2004 is a room reservation requirement. Members will have to sign up for their rooms in advance and provide a credit card number to reserve a room. Those who do not show up will be charged for the first night's stay.

And, because of the overwhelming response to past workshops, the 2004 workshops will be made available to only Local Chairmen or members of the Local Committee of Adjustment.

The BLE Education & Training Department presents these workshops in conjunction with the staff of the George Meany Center. Workshops instructors will include BLE General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert, BLE Vice-President Richard K. Radek, Assistant Director of the BLE Arbitration Department Marcus Ruef, Special Representative Ken Kroeger, and BLE Arbitration Department Manager Greg Ross. In addition, Donald Spatz, an adjunct professor from the George Meany Center, will instruct at the workshops.

The BLE pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition and a Thursday evening graduation banquet. BLE members who attend are responsible for the cost of room and board, which varies based on the location of the workshop.

January 18-23, 2004: George Meany Center (Silver Spring, Md.)
$152.50 per day for single room and board
$107.50 per day for double room and board
March 21-26, 2004: University of Illinois (Champaign, Ill.)
$660 per week for single room and board
$500 per week for double room and board
April 4-April 9, 2004: American Airlines Training & Conference Center (Dallas/Fort Worth)
$158 per day for single room and board
$108 per day for double room and board

Registration for the 2004 workshops is on a first come, first served basis with class size limited to the first 25 who register through the BLE website. For more information, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or



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