Waiting list establish for possible 2nd General Chairman workshop in 2007

A second workshop will only be scheduled if enough General or Vice General Chairmen sign up

Due to overwhelming demand, the BLET Education & Training Department announced that a waiting list has been created for a second General Chairman workshop for 2007.

General Chairmen or Vice General Chairmen who are engaged in arbitration work and are interested in getting on the waiting list must do so online at http://www.ble-t.org/gc.

The Education & Training Department's first General Chairman workshop, planned in conjunction with the the BLET's Arbitration Department, became full within the first 24 hours after it was announced. It will take place the week of January 22 in St. Louis, Mo.

National Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert said that if enough General Chairmen (or their designated representatives) sign up on the waiting list, then a second workshop will be scheduled for 2007.

"This situation occurred with a previous General Chairman workshop," Walpert said. "However, not enough Generals were on the waiting list to justify a second workshop that year. If we don't get enough for a second workshop in 2007, then it'll be some time in 2008 before we can schedule another."

The focus of this workshop will be on the preparation of submissions for arbitrations conducted pursuant to Section Three of the Railway Labor Act.

Attendance is limited to General Chairmen and any subordinates they designate who are engaged in arbitration work. We ask that you bring a copy of your basic Schedule Agreement for reference. There will be assignments that will be mailed to you ahead of time that you will be expected to have done when you start the workshop.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will qualify for a $99 per day stipend from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). The stipends will be paid directly to the General Committee Secretary-Treasurer.

NARF is a non-profit operating foundation formed by the Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) to support rail history, education, safety, and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BR&CF, NARF has supported many non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past 10 years. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor - giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across North America.

Workshop instructors will include: National Secretary-Treasurer Walpert, BLET Vice-President Richard K. Radek, and Special Rep. Kroeger.

The BLET pays the costs of books and equipment. General Chairmen and Vice General Chairmen who attend are responsible for their transportation costs, along with the cost of room and board.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Kroeger at Kroeger@ble-t.org or (216) 272-0986.




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