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JANUARY 27-29, 1998 BLE Secretary-Treasurer Training Class. Held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. During this two day session, Tax Administrator Elaine Reese from the BLE International Office in Cleveland will instruct Secretary-Treasurers on proper bookkeeping, record-keeping, dues handling, filing of taxes and division-level compliance with various Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service regulations. For further details, contact Sister Reese at (216) 241-2630, extension 243 or Patti Smith at extension 227. For hotel registration, call the Tropicana at (800) 634-4000.

MAY 26-30 BLE-GIA International Western Convention. The desert Southwest of Tucson, Ariz. will be home for the 1998 IWC. The convention will be held at the Westward Look Resort, located at 245 East Ina Road in Tucson. More details to come when available. IWC Chairman Ken Kroeger encourages early registration. Contact the hotel at (520) 297-1151 for reservations. To contact Brother Kroeger, write: 8720 N. Myrtle, Tucson, AZ 85704; or phone (520) 575-1002; or fax (520) 575-1705.

JUNE 14-18 BLE-GIA Southeastern Meeting Association. Held at the Drawbridge Inn in Ft. Mitchell, Ky, just a few miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. SMA Chairman Jerry L. Wyatt announced possible convention activities may include a trip to Kings Island amusement park, a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, the Cincinnati Zoo, thoroughbred racing and riverboat dining. For registration, contact the hotel at (800) 354-9793 (or (800) 352-9866 in Kentucky). To contact brother Wyatt, call (606) 331-5859, or write: 3061 Lindsey Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017-3252.

JULY 30-AUGUST 2 BLE-GIA Eastern Union Meeting Association. Arrangements Chairman Mike O'Bryan welcomes everyone to Boston, "the birthplace of the revolution" and home of Bunker Hill and Paul Revere's ride. A golf tournament is tentatively scheduled, and prizes are reserved for early registrants. For reservations, contact the Boston Park Plaza Hotel at (800) 225-2008. To contact Brother O'Bryan, call (508) 366-7527, or write 23 Stevens Rd., Westborough, MA 01581-1429.

AUGUST 18-21 BLE-GIA Southwestern Convention Meeting. San Antonio, Texas will play host to the 1998 SWCM. Chairman Bob Bitterman said the Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel is within walking distance of the historic Alamo, and the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood restaurants. Registration information will be handled by Regional Secretary-Treasurer Jim Keele, and preregistration packets won't be available until late spring/early summer of 1998. In addition, on-site registration will be available.

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Advisory Board November Activity

By action of the delegates at the Fifth Quinquennial Convention, summaries of BLE Advisory Board members' activities are published monthly:

International President Clarence V. MoninInternational Office: General supervision of BLE activities, meetings; Speech at Transportation Workers Union international convention, Las Vegas; FRA rail safety advisory committee, Baltimore; TTD executive council, Washington D.C.; CSX general chairmen, SENSE program; TTD general mtg.; SWCM, El Paso; Canadian National executives mtg.; FRA administrator's roundtable on harassment; BMWE-Amtrak, D.C.; National Legislative Board, D.C.; Div. 583 retirement, Winnipeg; Special Reps mtg.
First Vice-President & Alternate President Edward DubroskiInternational Office. Assisted president supervising BLE activities; Publications Committee; U.S. Nat'l Legislative Board; Coordinated vice-president assignments to GCofAs; Conrail/NS/CSX merger talks; Italian-American Labor council meeting, John J. Sweeney, AFL-CIO President.
General Secretary-Treasurer Russell W. BennettInternational Office: Supervision of BLE and BLE Building Assn.; Financial depts.; Records Dept.; BLE Job Bank; Publications Committee; Met with financial group to discuss insurance.
Vice-President Paul T. SorrowInternational Office, Assisted president and first vice-president in performing duties in connection with Chief of Staff position; Assisted CSX, NS and GTW general committees; Special board of adjustment 1063 (NS); Assisted Conrail, CSX, NS general committees in mtgs. w/ respective managements governed by FD 33388; Attended Div. 155 and 548 mtgs.; Conrail District mtg. in Columbus, Ohio; CSX-single agreement negotiations.
Vice-President Joseph A. Cassidy Jr. Mtg. w/ New York & Atlantic Rwy. President George Stern; Cases SBA928; SEPTA run sheet dispute; Mtg. w/ members of Div. 35; Ass't. engineer dispute; Port Authority Trans. Hudson; Long Island Railroad; C-2 protection dispute; Duluth Missabe and Iron Range contract negotiations; Mtg. w/ Divisiion 163; Mtg. w/ National Mediation Board; Mtg. w/ Division 269; Paperwork & study.
Vice-President & U.S. Nat'l Legislative Representative Leroy D. JonesWashington D.C. Office; RSAC working group, locomotive noise and temperature; TTD Conrail grassroots mtg.; FRA engineer certification mtgs.; DSCC reception; Amtrak legislation lobbying; Mtgs. w/ Cong Mascara (D-PA), Dingell (D-MI), Pay Hays, Democratic candidate, Senate; Mtgs. w/ Cong. Wise (D-WV), Menendez (D-NJ), Hoyer (D-MD), Bonior (D-MI), Torres (D-CA), Skaggs (D-CO), Barcia (D-MI) Hall (D-TX), Moran (D-VA), Baesler (D-KY), Pickett (D-VA), Gilman (R-NY), Oberstar (D-MN), Wynn (D-MD), Danner (D-MO), Green (D-TX), Deutsch (D-FL), Fox (R-PA), Doggett (D-TX), Sandlin (D-TX), Brown (D-OH), Cummings (D-MD), McDermott (D-WA), Boehlert (R-NY), Pastor (D-AZ), Pascrell (D-NJ), Lazio (D-NY), Weller (R-IL), King (R-NY), Forbes (R-NY), Senator Mikulski (D-MD), Cong. Pallone (D-NJ), Senator Jeffords (R-VT), Ford (D-KY), Breaux (D-LA); National Legislative Board.
Vice-President James L. McCoyUPSP merger mtgs., St. Louis hub; PLB 5928; UP SACP mtgs., discipline Upgrade policy; Metra Section 6 mtgs.; KCS-BLE mtgs.; Routine office duties; Mtgs. regarding Section 6 notice served on UP regarding SPCSL engineers;Paducah & Louisville Railway Section 6 mtgs.; Illinois Central; Terminal Railway of St. Louis.
Vice-President William C. WalpertInternational Office; BLE Education & Training Dept.; Internal Organizing, Mobilizing & Strategic Planning Dept.; Publications Committee; Public Relations Dept.; BLE Information & Technology Council; BLE Safety Task Force; BLE Special Reps.; National Mobilization Team; Mtg. w/ Special Reps; Conrail district mtg.; CSXT-SENSE safety program mtgs., Jacksonville, Fla.
Vice-President Edward W. Rodzwicz Allegheny Ludlum Section 6 grievance; Conrail/CSX/Norfolk Southern merger meetings; CR/CSX/NS finance docket 33888; Conrail District ABCD meeting; SBA894; vacation.
Vice-President Don M. Hahs BNSF properties & merger; UP/SP merger, East & West; SP system; Tacoma Belt; Complete Little Rock Hub; Sign Longview Hub; Negotiations on St. Lous hub; BNSF trackage rights negotiations; Shreveport-Longview dist.; Pac. Harbor Line prepared, UP-SP Houston Hub; BNSF Shreveport/Longview/ Pine Bluff/ Little Rock directional running; Initialed BNSF agreement to dissolve HBT Railroad & protect seniority; Mtg. w/ Pres. Monin, BN's Krebs & BNSF general chairmen; Mtgs. to discuss HBT seniority options.
Vice-President Richard K. RadekInternational Office; BLE Decertification Helpline services; Director of Arbitration Dept; Member National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB); Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); NRAB executive sessions; Work on 49 CFR Part 240; 409 Docket Nos. EQ 94-54, 95-5, 95-6, 95-30, 96-31, 96-12, 96-54, 94-57, 96-12, 97-05, 97-11 (all federal cases); GTW arbitration assistance; Conrail local chairmen workshop, Dist. ABCD; Grievance/claims conferences; PLB 6038 establishment; NRAB grievance conference, METRA.
Vice-President & Canadian Director Gilles HalléOttawa Office; Mtgs. w/ P. Tellier, CN; Via Rail general committee mtg.; CN President's Award dinner; CN-RCTC negotiations; EFAP mtg.; Mtg. w/ Carleton Train Railway & Minister of Labour; CCROU Executive mtg.; Via rail negotiations.
Vice-President & Canadian National Legislative Representative T. George HuckerOttawa Office; Canadian National Legislative Board mtgs.; CPR Gainshare/Canalert mtgs.; Westac annual mtg.; Calgary office; Disability Case Management Core committee; TC-RAC-CCROU Railway Safety Act mtg.; CCROU mtg.; FRA-AAR work/rest mtg.; CPR Canalert-Soo Line mtg.

the Locomotive Engineer newsletter

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

Since 1863, a Tradition of Forward Thinking


BLE Publications Committee:
Clarence V. Monin, International President
Edward Dubroski, First Vice-President & Alternate President
Russell W. Bennett, General Secretary-Treasurer
Leroy D. Jones, Vice-President & U.S. National Legislative Representative
William C. Walpert, Vice-President & Editor

John Bentley Jr., Associate Editor


is published monthly by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers,
1370 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113-1702

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