David K. Brown was reelected by acclamation to a second term as Chairman of the Minnesota State Legislative Board at their quadrennial meeting in Bloomington, Minn., September 27-29, 2011.
Brother Brown is a member of BLET Division 517 (St. Paul, Minn.) and has 40 years of service with the BNSF Railway. He first joined the Brotherhood on December 1, 2002.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve the members of this board and the BLET for another four years,” Brother Brown said. “Together we will work to support legislation and the candidates in this state and this nation that benefit our rail labor agenda.”
The delegates elected the following slate officers — all by acclamation — to serve BLET members in Minnesota:
Wally Czerwinski of BLET Division 202 (Dilworth, Minn.) was elected 1st Vice Chairman; Chuck Loomis of BLET Division 549 (Willmar, Minn.) was elected 2nd Vice Chairman; Mark Anderson of BLET Division 333 (St. Paul, Minn.) was reelected to his third term as Secretary-Treasurer; and Joel Mueller of BLET Division 9 (Waseca, Minn.) was elected Alternate Secretary-Treasurer.
Elected to the Audit Committee were: Joel Mueller, Division 9 (Waseca, Minn.); Greg Shirley, Division 27 (St. Cloud, Minn.); and Rick Johnson, Division 357 (Minneapolis, Minn.).
BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce congratulated these officers on their election and thanked them for serving the Brotherhood. He expressed his regret that he was unable to attend the meeting himself due to National Mediation Board hearings in Washington, D.C., regarding the BLET’s national contract and possible strike.
“Congratulations to Brother Brown on his second term of office,” President Pierce said. “I have every confidence that he and his slate of dedicated officers will do an excellent job of representing the best interests of BLET members in Minnesota.”
In place of President Pierce, BLET 1st Vice President E. Lee Pruitt addressed the delegates. He discussed current contract negotiations, possible strike scenarios, FRA Emergency Order 26 and inward facing cameras in locomotive cabs.
National Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert reported on National Division finances, membership totals and the state of the BLET Education and Training Department and the proposed training center in Cleveland.
BLET Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman spoke about a bill to propose favorable changes to the Rail Safety Improvement Act.
Sereena Hogan, BLET Auxiliary Vice President and National Legislative Representative, made a presentation on the Auxiliary and how they can help the BLET members.
Other VIPs and guests included: Ken Kroeger, BLET Special Representative and Coordinator of Education and Training; Matt Wilson, BLET General Chairman (BNSF-MRL GCofA); John Reynolds, BLET General Chairman (CN/WC); Keith Stauber, BLET General Chairman (CN/DM&IR); Katherine Blauvelt, Field Director for U.S. Senator Al Franken; Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Transportation Committee; Minnesota Representative Frank Hornstein, DFL Lead of the Transportation Policy and Finance Committee; Tom Dwyer, National President of NARVRE; Mike Condon, Railroad Retirement Board; Rick Olson, BLET Safety Coordinator for the BNSF Railway — Twin Cities Region; Mike Muscha, North Dakota State Legislative Board Chairman and NASLBC Region 4 Legislative Chairman; Paul Piekarski, Illinois State Legislative Board Chairman; and Jeff Kurtz, Iowa State Legislative Board Chairman and NASLBC Vice Chairman.
The officers and members of the Minnesota State Legislative Board thanked all those who helped make their meeting a success.
The Minnesota State Legislative Board is comprised of 12 Divisions representing a total of 1,025 members.