Convention Activities and Caucuses

The first official event of the convention will be the BLET/BLET Auxiliary Reception, which will be held in the Brasilia Ballroom in the convention center on Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This Reception is a good place to break the ice, socialize with the other delegates, make new friends, and meet ND officers, staff and representatives.

Also held on Sunday, and as necessary on Monday through Wednesday evenings, are the various delegate caucuses. Caucuses are grouped in regions – Western, Eastern, and Southeastern – that correspond to the general chairmen’s associations found in Section 44 – General Committee Rules of the BLET Bylaws. Caucuses serve an important delegate function, as caucuses debate and consider support for the various resolutions that are before the convention. Your Delegate Kit, which you will receive during registration, will contain information on where your caucus will meet.

In addition to nominating candidates for ND Office for four-year terms beginning January 1, 2019, the other primary responsibility of convention delegates is the consideration of resolu-tions to amend the BLET Bylaws or policy of the ND. In fact, deliberation over resolutions takes up the lion’s share of convention time. BLET delegates are worked hard, and they some-times work long hours. You are either in convention assembled, at a caucus meeting, eating or sleeping, for the first few days, anyway. There is much work to be done, and not a great deal of time to do it.

Resolutions can propose to add new Brotherhood law or policy, or to amend existing law or policy. All resolutions timely received at the ND are collated, organized and referred to a committee for recommendation. The BLET has five (5) standing convention committees, which are comprised only of delegates: the Credentials Committee, the Salaries Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Work Committee. There also is a sixth – the Arrangements Committee – which is constituted to assist the officers, staff and delegates in performing the many duties incidental to the convention. If you need any help or have any questions while at the convention, look for an Arrangements Committee member, who will be wearing a red vest.

Section 43(a) – National Division Rules of the BLET Bylaws requires that the convention’s morning sessions run from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and afternoon sessions run from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. For your convenience, a continental breakfast and a box lunch ser-vice, as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments, will be provided every day the convention is in session, at no cost to you. Additional details – and meal tickets – will be provided in your Delegate’s Kit at registration.

While the Bylaws limit the length of the convention to four (4) consecutive calendar days, it is impossible to predict exactly when the convention will adjourn. We anticipate that the work ahead of us should take us into Thursday’s session to complete. Should the convention complete its business early, you may leave upon adjournment. However, delegates who shorten their reserved stay may be subject to an early check-out penalty assessed by the hotel, and changing airline reservations can be costly.