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February 5, 2015

BLET Education & Training Dept. to conduct workshop for Legislative Representatives

The BLET Education & Training Department, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office and the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC), will conduct a workshop for BLET Division Legislative Representatives from April 12-16, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

The workshop will take place at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Headquarters with classroom training beginning the evening of Sunday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. with an orientation and discussion of what to expect during the week ahead. All day classroom training will follow April 13 through April 15, 2015.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

• Computer skills (principles of letter writing and database management);
• Regulatory affairs (reporting and documenting important issues);
• Political affairs (the anatomy of elections, how a bill becomes law,
communications skills and correspondence with politicians);
• Understanding individual State Legislative Board bylaws; and
• Trustee responsibilities.

Upon completion of the classroom training, attendees will participate in a full day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 16, with a travel day home scheduled for Friday, April 17.

Participation in the workshop is limited to the first 20 who register, with a limit of two representatives from each state.

Those who successfully complete the April 12-15 classroom portion of the workshop will be eligible for a $129 per diem from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). It will be paid directly to the State Legislative Board or Division Secretary-Treasurer.

NARF is a non-profit 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 19 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.

Register for the class at www.ble-t.org/lr.

After registering through the BLET website, workshop attendees will receive an e-mail containing hotel reservation information. The BLET has acquired a special hotel room block for this workshop at the rate from $269 per night.
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs and any expenses for room and board. Participants planning to bring family members may contact the BLET National Legislative Office for help in scheduling a tour of the Capitol. If interested, please call (202) 624-8776.

For more information on the class or hotel charges, please contact Jason Wright, Coordinator of the BLET Education & Training Dept., at (216) 296-4447 or wright@ble-t.org.

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