Final preparations underway for BLET’s Fourth National Convention

LAS VEGAS, September 28 — Convention planners are working at a fevered pitch to make final preparations for opening ceremonies of the BLET’s Fourth National Convention, which is slated to begin on Monday, October 1.

Officers and staff from the BLET National Division began arriving on-site on September 23 for the preparation week leading up to the convention. Production and technical crews are currently building the stage and convention floor area as well as establishing the audio and video components necessary to conduct the upcoming convention. The crews will also set up the electronic keypad system for delegates to use when voting on possible changes to the BLET Bylaws.

At the same time, members of the BLET’s standing committees — Bylaws, Credentials, Legislative, Salaries and Work — are performing their specified tasks in the run up to Monday’s opening ceremonies. The Arrangements Committee also is assisting in the ramp up to Monday.

Delegate registration for the BLET’s Fourth National Convention begins on Sunday, September 30, and the event will be held at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The convention itself begins on Monday, October 1 and concludes on Thursday, October 4. Over 485 delegates will represent over 57,000 locomotive engineers, trainmen, and non-operating craft members throughout the United States. They will be charged with nominating candidates for National Division office, analyzing and voting on changes to the Brotherhood’s bylaws, and various other important duties.

Guest speakers who will address the delegates include: Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa; Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Teamsters International Vice President & Rail Conference Director John Murphy; BLET Auxiliary National President Sereena Hogan; Railroad Retirement Board Labor Member Walt Barrows; Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto; Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, III; Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan; and National Transportation Safety Board Member Jennifer Homendy. Delegates will also hear reports from various BLET National Division officers.

“Organizing a convention of this magnitude takes countless hours of hard work, which can be measured in months, if not years,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “It has been my goal, and that of the BLET Advisory Board, to put on the most well-organized convention possible so that our delegates may conduct the important work of our Brotherhood in the most professional and efficient manner possible. Our efforts are culminating here this week in Las Vegas. We have a great deal of hard work ahead of us and I look forward to working with our delegates as we conduct the business of our Brotherhood.”

As the convention unfolds, regular news updates and photographs will be provided at www.bletconvention.org and www.Facebook.com/BLETNational.