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Trump to nominate Fortson to NMB

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Kyle Kirsten Hicks Fortson will be nominated by President Trump for one of two Republican seats on the National Mediation Board (NMB), according to a White House press release June 20. If formally nominated and confirmed by the Senate, she will inherit the remainder of a three-year term expiring July 1, 2019.

The NMB statute permits members to remain in office until they depart or their successor is confirmed by the Senate. Current Democrats Harry R. Hoglander and Linda Puchala are holdovers in seats that expired in July 2016.

Railway Age Washington correspondent Frank N. Wilner, who in mid-March reported Fortson as a possible nominee, expects a second Republican to be nominated before August, who he says is expected to be either Republican Gerald W. (Trey) Fauth III or Republican Vincent Frank Vernuccio, both of whom he identified as contenders in March.

Wilner says Democrat Puchala, who joined the NMB in 2009, likely will be renominated by Trump to a third term, with Hoglander, an NMB member since 2002, departing upon confirmation of one of the two new Republicans. The NMB’s lone Republican, Nicholas Geale, voluntary departed the NMB earlier this year for a Trump appointment in the Department of Labor not requiring Senate confirmation. Confirmation of both new Republican nominees will give the NMB its first Republican majority since 2009. The chairmanship of the NMB rotates among all three members annually.

Fortson, an attorney, has been labor policy director for the Senate Labor Committee since 2010, and from 2004 to 2010 was the committee’s labor counsel. Earlier in her career she was a policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, legislative counsel to Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), and judiciary counsel Rep. Spencer Bauchus (R-Ala.). She earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Colorado in 1996, and a law degree from The George Washington University in 1999. Her husband, Joseph B. Fortson IV, is a congressional lobbyist—currently for consumer research firm Nielson, and previously for Apple—and a former counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The three-member NMB is an independent federal regulatory agency administering the Railway Labor Act (applying to airlines as well as railroads). The agency provides mediation services for collective bargaining disputes, administers voluntary alternative dispute resolution programs, and manages binding arbitration in settlement of contract interpretation.

Regional Meetings June 04 – June 09


 I will be at the BLET Regional meetings in San Antonio

June 04 through June 09



in my Absence please contact

Vice Local Chairman Tony Duran 626-695-1887

or President Ron Danly 714-624-7473

or S/T Brian Hess 951-204-8966


I will be available most of the time, but for immediate concerns where you need an answer right now please contact Tony. for anything else leave me a message or text and I will get back to you as soon as Im able.

San Antonio Regional Meeting




a little History as we approach our 140th anniversary …


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Volume 52  JANUARY, 1918  Number 1

A Good Report from Division 5 Los Angeles. Ca. Aug. IS. 1918.

Editor Journal: At Los Angeles, California,


the Southern Pacific boys are rather shy and our name and number are seldom seen in the Journal, but the members are doing good work just the same, and since June 1st have been too busy organizing to write.


Under a special dispensation from Grand Chief Stone, the Division started in on the 1st of June, with the assistance of M. E. Montgomery, A. G. C. E., and M. H. Dinsmore, C. E., A. S. Lockwood, J. J. Norton, William Blakeman, and others, to organize the Pacific electric motormen.


The first class initiated was 65 members; 128 taking the work during the first day.


We have initiated a total of 550 members since June 1st, and now have a total membership in Div. 5 of 800 members.


We think we have the distinction of being the largest Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in the world, at the present time, and perhaps the distinction of initiating more men in sixty (60) days than any other Division.


We have now 95% of the Pacific electric men in the Order, and since organizing them have succeeded, through the assistance of Brother Montgomery, in getting 25 men reinstated, who were dis charged without cause.


Have also secured a raise of .02 cents per hour and have procured pay of $1.50 per day for “students breaking in, ” and a guarantee of at least $90.00 per month for all extra men,


with an agreement whereby disciplined men shall have a right of appeal to the highest officials of the company and if not satisfied, then are granted an appeal to a Board of Arbitration, appointed by the Federal Court. While we have said little in the columns of the Journal, we are doing things worth while here for which the organizing committee, with the Brothers who assisted them, are deserving of a great deal of credit.


Visitors to Div. 5 are always welcome, and any Brother finding himself in Los Angeles on Friday night is invited to make it a point to meet with us, and we will extend to him the glad hand and a welcome that only enthusiastic, active working Brothers can give.



Fraternally yours,

C. P. Johnson, Member Div. 5.

Union Meeting Tomorrow


 Our Monthly Union Meeting is tomorrow 05/15/17 1030 am. please try and make it if able


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Town hall meeting


 We will be having a town hall meeting with BLET National President Dennis Pierce , General Chairman Bill Hannah, and the General Chairman of the BNSF Alan Holdcraft.


This will take place Wednesday June 14 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport. This will be a joint meeting with Divisions 5,56,660 all in attendance as well as the BNSF locals


                    Please try and attend.





2017 BLET Scholarship Directory


  Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2017 BLET Scholarship Directory.

The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET National Division does not maintain its own scholarship program, so interested parties are advised to contact the individual scholarship providers listed below for additional information.

Those aware of additional scholarship opportunities not included in this Directory are urged to contact the BLET Public Relations Department at:

The 2017 BLET Scholarship Directory is as follows:

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James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship awards. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2017. In 2016, the Fund awarded $1.2 million in scholarships and has set $1.4 million as a goal for 2017.

Applicants must be a son, daughter, or financially dependent grandchild of a BLET member in good standing in order to be eligible to apply. Please see the link below for full eligibility requirements and to download the application along with other supporting materials.

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Fund has initiated a Training and Vocational Programs scholarship. Similar to the Academic Scholarship, applicants must be the son, daughter or financial dependent of a Teamster member (including BLET, BMWED and GCC members). The training and vocational programs must be related to work in a Teamster-represented industry, class or craft.

Scholarship applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions. One category of awards totals $10,000 each. These four-year scholarships are disbursed at the rate of $2,500 per year and are renewable annually. Other awards are one-time $1,000 grants. These scholarships are disbursed to the college or university at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year.

Eligibility requirements and application procedures are the same for all awards. Recipients are selected by an impartial committee of university admissions and financial aid directors based on academic achievement, SAT/ACT scores, character, potential and financial need. The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.

A full list of specific eligibility requirements and scholarship applications can be found on the Hoffa Scholarship website: The deadline is usually March 31 each year.

If you need additional assistance, please contact:
James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-8735

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BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Program

The BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students who wish to pursue higher education. In addition, the Auxiliary is now offering two $2,500 scholarships annually in collaboration with Locomotive Engineers and Conductors Mutual Protective Association (LECMPA). The two $2,500 scholarships are fully funded by LECMPA.

To apply for an Auxiliary Scholarship award, the applicant must be a son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter of a BLET Auxiliary member and a Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineer and Trainmen member (living or deceased), with each being a member at least one year. To qualify for the LECMPA-funded scholarships, the BLET member in the family must also be a member of LECMPA for no less than one year. Children of an unmarried BLET member who has been an Associate Member of the BLET Auxiliary for at least one year are also eligible.

In addition, applicants must be accepted for admission by an accredited university, college, trade school, or institute of higher learning. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic record, leadership, character, and personal achievement.

Important: For high school seniors entering an institute of higher learning for the first time, a copy of ACT or SAT scores and a current copy of cumulative grade point average (GPA) must accompany the application. For graduate students or students returning to an institute of higher learning, a copy of last term’s (or most current) GPA must accompany the application. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for eligibility. Applications submitted without these documents will not be considered.

The LECMPA-funded scholarships will be awarded to the two applicants who score the highest amongst those who qualify (by having one parent who is an Auxiliary member for at least one year, and one parent who is a BLET member and LECMPA member for at least one year). If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements for the LECMPA-funded scholarships but is not selected for one of the two $2,500 scholarships, he/she will still be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

Completed applications must be received by BLET Auxiliary Secretary Helen Brand ( no later than April 1, 2017. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applications, instructions for scholarships, and mailing address for submission may be found on the Auxiliary website at

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BLET UP-Southern Region GCA

The BLET’s Union Pacific-Southern Region General Committee of Adjustment (UP-SR GCA) offers annual scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,000. Applicants must be the son, daughter, financial dependent or ward of a UP-SR GCA member in good standing per the BLET Bylaws starting with the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. The rules and application can be found at or by contacting UP-SR GCA Secretary-Treasurer Scott Piekarski at

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California State Legislative Board

The BLET’s CSLB will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior attending a college/ trade/ vocational school in 2017. The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing in a BLET division represented by CSLB.

Rules, applications and deadline information are available on the Board’s website, The deadline is May 1, 2017.

All applications should be mailed to the CSLB home office address: California State Legislative Board, BLET/IBT, 610 Auburn Ravine Rd., Suite C, Auburn, CA 95603.

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Illinois State Legislative Board

The BLET’s Illinois State Legislative Board is currently accepting applications for its Don Little Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2013.

One $1,000 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to applicants whose parent or guardian is a BLET member in good standing with a BLET Local Division represented by the Illinois State Legislative Board. Applicants must be 26 years of age or younger.

Brother Don Little was a locomotive engineer with Metra commuter rail in Chicago and a proud member of BLET Division 294 (Bensenville, Ill.) for 35 years. Brother Little served for more than 10 years on the Executive Committee of the Illinois State Legislative Board and always had a dream of establishing a scholarship program for the family members of fellow Brothers and Sisters who belonged to divisions chartered in Illinois. Unfortunately, Brother Little passed away before his dream was realized.

In 2013, Paul Piekarski (Chairman of the Illinois State Legislative Board), Timothy Dunn (former Secretary-Treasurer of the Board), and several others helped make Brother Little’s dream a reality.

Scholarship applications and all accompanying documents must be received by May 1, 2017. Specific eligibility requirements, detailed instructions and application forms are available for download from the BLET National Division website (PDF).

For questions or assistance in completing the application, contact Joyce A. Piekarski, Administrative Secretary, at (630) 963-6099 or

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Wyoming State Legislative Board

The BLET’s Wyoming State Legislative Board (WYSLB) is again offering a scholarship program for the upcoming school year. First offered for the 2014 academic year, the scholarship deadline for 2017 is June 1, 2017.

Wyoming State Legislative Board Chairman Cory Runion said the Board will award either two $1,000 scholarships, or, in the event of a single applicant, one $1,000 scholarship each year to an immediate family member of a BLET member in good standing and holding membership in a Division chartered within the state of Wyoming. The scholarships will be awarded based on the application, along with the requested documentation, by the WYSLB scholarship committee.

Scholarship applications and all accompanying documents must be received by June 1 of each year. Specific eligibility requirements, detailed instructions and application forms (PDF) are available for download from the BLET National Division website (see below), or can be requested from your Division Legislative Representative. Currently, the BLET has nine Divisions chartered in Wyoming — Division 31 (Bill); Division 207 (Casper); Divisions 44, 103 and 115 (Cheyenne); Division 94 (Gillette); Division 869 (Greybull); Division 142 (Rawlins); and Division 624 (Sheridan).

For questions of assistance in completing the application please contact your Division Legislative Representative.

Information and application form available here (PDF).

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BLET Division 269

BLET Division 269 (Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.) offers two $500 scholarships to the children of BLET members who are already enrolled in college. Participation is limited to members of Division 269 only.

Winners are picked at random at the Division’s Christmas party. For details, watch your Division 269’s mobile app or contact Division President John A. Kavanaugh Jr. at (631) 813-2234.

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BLET Division 622

BLET Division 622 (Alliance, Neb.) will award two $500 scholarships in 2017. Only the children of Division 622 members are eligible to apply. Scholarship winners will be chosen at random during a Division meeting in August. Applications must be received by July 31, 2017. For more specifics, please visit the Division 622 website ( and click on “Scholarship.”

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BR&CF Scholarship Program

The Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) is pleased to provide opportunities for the sons and daughters of BR&CF members to participate in the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program.

Children, including adopted and step-children, of BR&CF members who are in “Good and Regular Standing,” are eligible. Applicants must be 27 years of age or younger. Applicants may be current high school students who have applied for admission as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools or may be attending or enrolled as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools.

International President J. M. Robb advises that 20 scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded every year.

The BR&CF’s 2017 scholarship program commenced on October 1, 2016, with applications due on March 1, 2017.

BR&CF members with questions may contact Linda Garber at (800) 233-7080. Members may obtain an application form by going to and clicking on the Scholarship Application Request link under Electronic Forms, calling our toll free number noted above, or writing to 2150 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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Union Plus Scholarships

Union Plus awarded approximately $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students in the 2016 Union Plus Scholarship Program. Individual awards ranged from $500 to $4,000. The deadline is January 31 each year.

Rising education costs are making it difficult for many union families to afford the cost of tuition. That’s one reason Union Plus, which provides important consumer benefits to union members and retirees, offers a unique scholarship program. It has distributed more than $4 million in scholarships to union members and their children over the past 23 years. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

The students selected for university, college, trade or technical school scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive since Union Plus receives over 5,000 applications each year. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.

Visit the Union Plus website to learn more:

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If any of you are interested in Joining BLET Division 5. we would love to have you

please download a transfer card and email , fax or leave in the BLET 5 Mailbox


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