Advisory Board September 2006 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; Annual Labor Day Parade in Toledo, Ohio, with Divisions 4, 385 and 457; BLET-UTU wage negotiation mtg. w/ NCCC, Kansas City, Mo.; Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition wage negotiation mtg., Washington, D.C.; Division 255 mtg., Beatrice, Neb.; Mtg. w/ Harold A. Ross and General Chairman Finamore, Cleveland; Teamsters Canada Rail Conference convention, Ottawa, Ontario; Kentucky State Legislative Board mtg., Frankfort, Ky.; Sherrod Brown Fundraiser, Washington, D.C.

First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward W. Rodzwicz- Assisted President in general operation of National Division Office; Vice President assignments; Organizing department; Shortline department; Passenger department; Various correspondence & phone calls; President-IBT Rail Conference; South Buffalo RR; BLET-UTU-NCCC mtg.; IBT General Executive Board mtg.; IBT Women's Conference; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg.; BLET-BMWED Rail Conference planning mtg.

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; Midwest Rail Craft Scholarship event, eatrice, Neb.; Joint Division meeting, Lincoln, Neb.; Teamsters Canada Rail Conference convention, Ottawa, Ontario; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg., Peoria, Ill.; Mtg. w/ BMWED, Washington, D.C.

Vice-President Paul T. Sorrow-Assigned to CSX, NS and GTW general committees of adjustment; Attended GTW informational mtg.; Negotiations w/ CSXT and CSXT General Committee in connection with single agreement; Contract negotiations w/ CN on behalf of GTW engineers; Informational mtg., Moberly, Mo.; Division mtg., Moberly, Mo.; Attended informational mtg. CSX Western Line divisions (Greenbo State Park); Work on Public Law Board awards and 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; Chicago Central & Pacific; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern; U.S. Court of Appeals, Settlement Conference, Chicago; New arbitrator orientation mtg., Chicago; NRAB, admin. & arbitration assistance, BRC and Metra, Chicago; Prep. mtg. to discuss NARR, Chicago; Arbitration, NRAB, UP-West; Labor-Arb. review board mtg., Chicago; National Association of Railroad Referees conference, Chicago; SBA-NY Dock arbitration, KCS and MidSouth Rail, Chicago; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg., Peoria; Section 3 (RLA) Committee, Washington, D.C.; Arbitration at NRAB, CP Rail, UP, CN, et al; NRAB annual board mtg., Chicago; FRA Part 240.409 dockets this month: EQAL 00-84 (UP), 00-41 (NS), 01-29 (UP), 01-06 (CSX).

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, 6449, 6558, 6589; SBA 585; UP work/rest projects; RSAC positive train control cmte.; National wage/rules; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; BLET First Quadrennial Convention, Las Vegas; Rail Conference First Quadrennial Convention, Las Vegas.

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; Prep. for Special Board of Adjustment and New York Dock arbitration; SBA (MidSouth) and New York Dock arbitration (KCS-MidSough), Chicago; Numerous conference calls; Holiday; 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), National Wage/Rule Committee; Labor Day mtg. and picnic, Div. 155; National wage/rule mtg. w/ NCCC and UTU, Kansas City; Mtgs. for Wabash Hospital Assoc., Decatur; Annual mtg. of Railroad Referees, Chicago; Mtg. w/ G.C. Cole Davis and Illinois LC's; Illinois State Legislative Board mtg.

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.

Vice-President & National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman - Assigned to BLET Washington D.C. office; BLET Security Officer; General office duties, telephone, correspondence; Mtg. w/ AAR; Mtg. w/ Senator Voinovice; Mtg. w/ Snowe; Mtg. w/ GC Amtrak Kenny; Amtrak Rail Labor mtg.; Congressional Black Caucus; Homeland ecurity; NMB mtg.; State Leislative Board mtg., Kentucky; Mtg. w/ Senator Kennedy, Mass., Harkin, Iowa, former Senator Culver, Iowa, and candidate for governor Culver; Fundraiser for Brown, with Kennedy (MA), Schumer (NY), Brown (OH); Change to Win mtg. and open house; Testify in the Economic Security, Infrastructure and Protection and Cybersecurity Committee, a subcommittee of Homeland Security; Chair Lungren and Ranking Member Sanchez; General office duties; Interviews.

Vice-President Marcus J. Ruef - Assigned to Amtrak Long Island Railroad; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; New Jersey Transit; Port Authority Trans Hudson; Norfolk Southern (Northern Lines/W&LE); Norfolk Southern (Eastern Lines); Norfolk Southern (Southern Lines); Union Railroad; Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co.; and Birmingham Southern; SEPTA general assistance; Assisted various GCofAs at meetings in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Brackenridge, Pa.; NYS&W conference; SEPTA hearings, Philadelphia; NS-Eastern general assistance; Allegheny Ludlum general assistance.

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