BLET Fourth National Convention concludes

Fourth National Convention of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The Fourth National Convention of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) opened here Monday with energetic presentations from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, and BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce. Over 400 delegates are in session representing more than 57,000 locomotive engineers, trainmen and non-operating craft members on national freight and passenger rail systems across the United States.

Dennis Pierce

“This week you are the National Division, and this week you will set the course for our great Brotherhood as we enter a time that is more perilous than any of us have seen or can imagine in our lifetimes.” — Dennis Pierce, BLET National President

Jim Hoffa

“If we can get our people in office then we can advance the issues that are important to the BLET and the Teamsters. If we don't vote it’s not gonna happen. We have to elect people who are going to help us take care of our jobs and our families.” — James Hoffa, IBT General President

Rep. Tim Ryan

“The greatest force for good in our economic history has been the labor movement, and I won’t apologize for supporting unions. Over the last 30 years, nearly all income growth has gone to the top one percent, and now we want our piece of the pie.” — Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)

Sereena Hogan

“As an Auxiliary, we do all we can to educate our members, our families, elected officials, and everyone we can about the unique issues regarding the railroad industry, our work rules, and our retirement plan.” — Sereena Hogan, BLET Auxiliary National President