By Dennis R. Pierce
BLET National President
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, November 22 — As we approach Thanksgiving, I ask our membership to join me in thanking those who are away from their families at this special time of year.
Let us remember our service men and women, who are fighting overseas or are stationed at military bases throughout the world.
Let us remember our own BLET Brothers and Sisters, who are sitting in the cab of a locomotive or in a hotel room instead of at the Thanksgiving dinner table with their families.
Let us also remember the fallen, not only our soldiers, but BLET members and all railroaders who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.
In the toil of our day-to-day lives, we may forget in this season of Thanksgiving that we are truly blessed. We sometimes forget to count our blessings because, as locomotive engineers and trainmen, we work extremely hard to earn our pay and benefits. While our work at the railroad often prevents us from fully enjoying the fruits of our labor, we are blessed with the knowledge that our hard work and dedication puts food on the table and clothes on the backs of our children and families.
I am thankful for our Brotherhood’s Advisory Board. Also, I am thankful for all of our Local Division officers. These men and women are some of the hardest working individuals in the entire Brotherhood, and they deserve our respect and gratitude — not only during the holiday season — but also all year long. I am also thankful for the officers and staff serving General Committees of Adjustment and State Legislative Boards throughout the country. Also deserving of recognition and thanks are our staff at National Division headquarters in Cleveland, our National Legislative office in Washington, D.C., our BLET Auxiliary officers and members throughout the country.
But most of all, I am thankful for our members, both past and present. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Brothers and Sisters of past generations, whose commitment and sacrifice helped to lay a solid foundation. And I am also proud of today’s generation of locomotive engineers and trainmen for continuing to build upon that foundation so that today, the BLET stands as the leading rail labor union in America.
On behalf of the BLET Advisory Board, I wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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