New auditors will assist BLET Divisions

The four new Auditors, who will assist BLET Divisions with timely filing of reports, at their training session at National Division headquarters in early December. Seated, from left: Chuck Warder and Jim Thompson. Standing, from left: Roland Kleinsorge and John Bove.


Four part-time Auditors recently hired by the BLET National Division completed two days of training at BLET headquarters in early December.

Brothers John Bove, Roland P. Kleinsorge, Jim Thompson and Chuck Warder will work for the National Division on a part time basis to help BLET Divisions stay current with their monthly reports.

BLET Bylaws stipulate that divisions must have an audit when they change Secretary-Treasurers. The high turnover in the ST office following the Triennial Division elections prompted the need to hire the part-time assistance.

"Our new auditors will help Divisions stay current," said Bill Walpert, BLET National Secretary-Treasurer. "Everyone knows our Division STs are not trained Certified Public Accountants. Between their family life and work on the railroad, they sometimes need help staying current with their union responsibilities."

During their training at National Division headquarters, the Auditors were trained on aspects of the BLET's online filing of reports (BLETST). Special emphasis also was placed on a close examination of the books and records to verify the accuracy of the information filed on the LM Reports. They also were trained to determine that all government reports are correctly filed, including forms for the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and Railroad Retirement Board.

"The Auditors will depend on this training when conducting audits in the field on behalf of the National Division," Walpert said. "They will be able to assist STs who were not able to attend training workshops sponsored by the Education & Training Department."

Training for the Auditors was provided by: NST Walpert; Dr. Elaine Reese, Director of Tax Compliance; Ken Kroeger, Special Representative & Coordinator of the BLET Education & Training Dept.; Walt Schmidt, Director of Online Service; and Bob Broka, BLET Director of Records.

Walpert said each new Auditor is assigned to a different region of the country. Brother Bove, Secretary-Treasurer of the Long Island Rail Road General Committee of Adjustment and member of Division 269 (Long Island, N.Y.), will assist Divisions in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Brother Kleinsorge, Secretary-Treasurer of the BNSF (ATSF) General Committee of Adjustment and member of Division 298 in San Bernardino, Calif., will assist Divisions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, new Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Brother Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union Pacific (Eastern District) GCofA and member of Division 115 in Cheyenne, Wyo., will assist Divisions in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Brother Warder, Secretary-Treasurer of BLET Division 190 in Huntington, W.Va., will assist Divisions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

National Secretary-Treasurer Walpert said General Chairmen would be advised if the new Auditors are given an assignment on their property. He also said the Auditors are available to lend assistance with any other unit that would need help, such as a State Legislative Board or General Committee of Adjustment.



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