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Dennis R. Pierce

Dennis R. Pierce

National President Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
President Teamsters Rail Conference


Dennis R. Pierce is National President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He is the first Brotherhood president to win election by direct vote of the membership since the Organization was founded in 1863. He was initially elevated to the Brotherhood’s highest office on July 1, 2010, following the retirement of National President Paul T. Sorrow. Then, in an historic membership-wide vote, he was reelected National President on December 16, 2010. He was reelected by acclamation to serve another four-year term as National President during the BLET’s Third National Convention on October 1, 2014, and was elected by acclamation to his third full term at the Fourth National Convention on October 3, 2018.

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BLET President Pierce was also elected by acclamation to serve as President of the Teamsters Rail Conference on June 24, 2010, and has been reelected to additional four-year terms on May 4, 2014, and on May 2, 2018. The Teamsters Rail Conference is made up of two Craft Divisions, BLET and BMWED.

BLET President Pierce was also elected by acclamation to serve as Chairman of the Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO) in August of 2020 to finish the term of retiring Chairman Robert Scardelletti. He was then re-elected by acclamation in October of 2021 to a full term as Chairman beginning on January 1, 2022.

Immediately prior to his elevation to the BLET’s top post, he served the Brotherhood as First Vice President and Alternate President, a position he was elected to on December 17, 2009. Prior to that, he served the union as a National Vice President assigned to assist the Brotherhood on the CSX, CN and BNSF properties.

He was elected to the position of First Alternate Vice President at the BLET’s First Quadrennial Convention in 2006, and was promoted to the office of National Vice President on April 8, 2008.

Prior to his service with the National Division, Brother Pierce served as General Chairman of the Burlington Northern- Northlines/MRL Montana Rail Link GCofA, a position he assumed when then-General Chairman Merle Geiger was elected as a BLE International Vice President in 2001. Brother Pierce was reelected by acclamation as General Chairman in 2004 and 2007 and held that position until elevating to National Vice President in April of 2008. The BN Northlines/MRL GCofA is the BLET’s largest GCA representing 3,500 members from 45 separate BLET Divisions on three railroads.

As General Chairman, Brother Pierce participated in many on-property negotiations with BNSF, the most important of which lead to on-property addendums to the National Agreement settlements in 2003 and 2007. He was also assigned to the BLET Wage and Rule team on MRL in 2001 and led that group during the 2006 contract negotiations. Brother Pierce also served as Chairman of the BLET Western General Chairmen’s Association for several years, serving as a member of the BLET National Wage and Rules team in the round of bargaining that lead to the 2007 National Agreement. Brother Pierce was a delegate to the 1996 and 2006 National Conventions and was also a BLET delegate to the 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2021 Teamster International Conventions.

Before his elevation to General Chairman, Brother Pierce served as a Vice General Chairman in various capacities. He was assigned to the Montana Rail Link property as well as the Burlington Northern property where he managed the on-property handling of time claims, discipline claims, protective benefits as well as the proceeding of those issues to arbitration. He was also assigned to manage seniority disputes and merger related negotiations and arbitration during the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe merger.

President Pierce began his railroad career as a Burlington Northern Maintenance of Way employee in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1979, he transferred to a clerical position with Burlington Northern. In 1980, he transferred again to the firemen’s craft and earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1981.

President Pierce started as a union officer at the grassroots level, working his way up through all of the levels of the Organization. Brother Pierce joined BLET Division 98 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 1, 1981 and became Local Chairman of Division 98 in 1991. In 1992, he was elected as 2nd Alternate Vice General Chairman of the BN Northlines/MRL General Committee of Adjustment. In 1995, he was elected as a full time 3rd Vice General Chairman for the BN Northlines/MRL GCofA and he and his family relocated from Nebraska to the GCofA Office in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brother Pierce was elected as 1st Vice General Chairman in 1998 and relocated again to Ft. Worth, Texas.

E. Lee Pruitt

E. Lee Pruitt

First Vice President


E. Lee Pruitt is First Vice-President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was reelected by acclamation to serve his third consecutive four-year term as First Vice President during the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas on October 3, 2018. Brother Pruitt was initially elected unanimously by the BLET’s Advisory Board to serve in the Organization’s second-highest office on July 1, 2010, and was subsequently elected First Vice President by acclamation at the BLET’s Second National Convention in Reno, Nevada, in October of 2010, and at the Third National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in October of 2014.

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Immediately prior to his 2010 election as First Vice President, Brother Pruitt had been serving as a National Vice President and had many assignments, one of which was the Union Pacific Railroad. He was initially elected Vice President at the BLE’s Seventh Quinquennial Convention in Miami Beach, Fla., in September of 2001, and then reelected by acclamation to another term during the BLET’s First National Convention in June of 2006.

Brother Pruitt also serves the Teamsters Rail Conference in the capacity of Vice President, winning election to that office by acclamation on June 24, 2010, and then winning reelection to additional four-year terms on May 4, 2014, and May 2, 2018.

First Vice President Pruitt began his railroad career in 1968 as a machinist apprentice and then electrician apprentice for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Bakersfield, Calif. He transferred to engine service as a fireman for the Southern Pacific in 1970 and was promoted to locomotive engineer in June 1972. He joined BLET Division 126 in 1972, immediately after he was promoted to locomotive engineer, and has been a proud member in good standing since.

First Vice President Pruitt has held various elected positions during his career with the BLET. From 1979-1990, he served as Local Chairman of BLET Division 126. He also served as a Vice Chairman for the Southern Pacific Western Lines General Committee of Adjustment, and became the General Chairman in 1990, serving in that position from 1990 (being reelected to that position by acclamation several times over the course of the next 11 years) until his election to Vice President in 2001.

During his years with the BLET and throughout his career, Brother Pruitt has participated in every facet of representing the membership including: National and System negotiations; New York Dock negotiations; short line negotiations; arbitration involving discipline and claims; safety; and regulatory disputes.

First Vice-President Pruitt is a second-generation railroader, whose father was a conductor on the Southern Pacific for 39 years.

Stephen J. Bruno

Stephen J. Bruno

National Secretary-Treasurer


Steve Bruno is National Secretary-Treasurer of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was reelected by acclamation to his second term of office as the BLET’s top financial officer at the union’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas on October 3, 2018. He was first elected National Secretary-Treasurer at the BLET’s Third National Convention on October 1, 2014. Immediately prior to his 2014 election, NST Bruno had been serving the BLET as a National Vice President since January 1, 2011, a position he was elected to by acclamation in October of 2010 at the BLET’s Second National Convention in Reno, Nevada.

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Brother Bruno began his railroad career with SEPTA in August of 1984, and was promoted to locomotive engineer in May 1985. He joined the Brotherhood on September 1, 1985. NST Bruno is a member of BLET Division 71 in Philadelphia, PA.

Brother Bruno led the effort to establish the SEPTA General Committee of Adjustment.  He worked full time as a certified Locomotive Engineer while simultaneously serving four terms as General Chairman of the newly created SEPTA General Committee of Adjustment and five terms as Local Chairman of Division 71, handling hundreds of grievance and arbitration cases. He represented them at Public Law Boards, Special Boards of Adjustment, the First Division of the National Railroad Adjustment Board, and the Locomotive Engineer Review Board. As General Chairman, Brother Bruno handled six separate collective bargaining rounds, which included arguments and presentations before three Presidential Emergency Boards. He also served as a delegate to several BLE/BLET National and International Conventions (1990-2009), as President of Division 71 (2002-2008) and as a delegate to the 2006 Teamsters International Convention.

Immediately prior to his 2010 election as Vice President, Brother Bruno served the BLET as the Director of Regulatory Affairs. Headquartered at the BLET’s National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C., he represented the interests of BLET members in all regulatory matters, including those before the Department of Transportation, National Mediation Board, National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Security Administration, among others. In addition to responding to the variety of waiver petitions sought by various railroads that were harmful to safety, some of the issues Brother Bruno worked on include: Hours of Service, record keeping, implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), passenger Hours of Service, conductor certification, use of electronic devices (EO-26), medical standards, Risk Reduction Programs and fatigue management plans.

As Vice President, Brother Bruno predominantly assisted the BLET’s Passenger and Commuter General Committees of Adjustment in their representational responsibilities. Brother Bruno’s Vice Presidential assignments included the Long Island Railroad General Committee of Adjustment, the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations General Committee of Adjustment, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Railroad, the Metra commuter operations under the jurisdiction of the CP, CN and Metra General Committees of Adjustment, and the Union Railroad. He assisted the SEPTA General Committee in a strike against that carrier in 2014, later coordinating preparations and presentation to Presidential Emergency Board No. 246.

In his role as NST, Brother Bruno has general supervision of the BLET’s Accounting Department, Record and Compliance and Record Department, and the Online Services Department. Bruno serves   as National Chairman of the BLET Safety Task Force (STF), the rail industry’s first employee-based accident investigation team.

Vincent G. Verna

Vincent G. Verna

Vice President
National Legislative Representative

Vincent G. Verna began serving the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen as Vice President and National Legislative Representative (VP&NLR) on November 5, 2020. Per the BLET Bylaws, Brother Verna was elevated to office having been elected by acclamation to the office of First Alternate VP&NLR at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas on October 4, 2018.

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Brother Verna’s railroad career began in 1994 when he hired out as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles, Calif. He transferred to engine service in March of 1995 in Tucson, Ariz., and joined BLET Division 28 (Tucson, Ariz.) on November 17, 1995. He became actively involved in the Brotherhood almost immediately, serving as Alternate Legislative Representative of Division 28 in 1995, and as Vice Local Chairman in 1999. He continued in both positions until becoming Division 28’s Legislative Representative in 2006 and full-time Local Chairman in 2008. He was reelected Local Chairman in 2009. Brother Verna also began serving as Chairman of the Arizona State Legislative Board in 2008, a position he was reelected to in 2009. He was elected by acclamation to the office of First Alternate VP&NLR at the BLET’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014.

Brother Verna began working full time for the BLET National Division on August 1, 2011, when he was appointed to the position of Director of Regulatory Affairs by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce.

In his role as Director of Regulatory Affairs, Verna represented the BLET on numerous rail safety and human factors endeavors, such as the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) of the Federal Railroad Administration. He also represented the interests of BLET members in regulatory matters before the Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board the Transportation Security Administration, and the Transportation Research Board, among others agencies and organizations. He also prepared the union’s responses to various agencies’ proposals for rulemakings and proposed rules, and prepared responses to petitions for waiver from compliance with FRA regulations.

Brother Verna is proud to be a third generation railroader. His father Fred retired as a conductor from UP in 2010 after 48 years of service. Also, his great uncle was a conductor for the Penn Central and the Southern Pacific.

Vice President and National Legislative Representative Verna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University at San Bernardino (1994) and a Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from The University of Baltimore (2003).

Marcus J. Ruef

Marcus J. Ruef

Vice President
Department Head – BLET Arbitration Department

Marcus J. Ruef is National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was reelected by acclamation to his fourth consecutive term at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention on October 3, 2018. He was first elected Vice President in 2006 and was reelected in 2010 and 2014.

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Brother Ruef began his railroad career in June 1973, hiring out as a block operator for Penn Central Railroad. In 1976, he transferred to engine service, and earned promotion to Locomotive Engineer in 1978. After his territory was divided by the Northeast Rail Services Act (NERSA) in 1983, Brother Ruef worked at Metro North until 1985, when he became employed by Norfolk Southern. After establishing himself on the Washington District, Brother Ruef joined Division 143 in Manassas, Virginia, where he became the Legislative Representative, and ultimately served as the Secretary-Treasurer and First Vice Chairman of the Virginia State Legislative Board.

In 1997, Brother Ruef was appointed to serve BLE as Assistant Director of the Arbitration Department and appointed as a Labor Member of the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB) in Chicago. He served in these roles until 2006, when he was elected Vice President. In 2009, he was appointed to head the BLET Arbitration Department, and was reassigned to the NRAB. Since 2010, he has represented BLET in alternate years as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the full NRAB. He is also a Labor Member of the National Mediation Board Arbitration Advisory Form, and in that role represents all of Rail Labor in matters involving the administration of Section 3 of the Railway Labor Act. Brother Ruef also assists the General Chairmen representing engineers at the CN/Illinois Central, CN/Wisconsin Central, Canadian Pacific/Soo Line/DM&E (including Indiana Southern), Indiana Harbor Belt (including Illinois Railway), and Metra.

Michael D. Twombly

Michael D. Twombly

Vice President
Department Head – BLET Short Line Department

Michael D. Twombly is a National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was reelected by acclamation to his fourth term of office at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention on October 3, 2018. He was elected by acclamation as Vice President at the BLET’s Second National Convention in 2010, and also at the Third National Convention in 2014.

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Vice President Twombly was elected to the position of Second Alternate Vice President at the BLET’s First Quadrennial Convention in 2006, and was subsequently elevated to the office of National Vice President on May 21, 2008, following a vacancy on the Union’s Advisory Board. He is a member of BLET Division 191 in Lunenburg, Mass.

“I truly consider it an honor and a privilege to assume the office of National Vice President and to serve the membership,” Vice President Twombly said upon his installation.

As a General Chairman, Twombly represented approximately 300 members on four different railroads — the Delaware & Hudson, Springfield Terminal, St. Lawrence & Atlantic, and the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MM&A).

During his tenure as General Chairman, Brother Twombly led negotiations for 10 separate contracts, one Oregon Short Line Agreement and several Article 9 Interdivisional Agreements that greatly increased members’ pay and improved working conditions and quality of life for the locomotive engineers and trainmen he represented.

After initially becoming National Vice President in 2008, Brother Twombly was assigned to assist a number of short line railroads, including: Delaware & Hudson; Springfield Terminal, St. Lawrence & Atlantic, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic; Union Railroad; Birmingham Southern; New York, Susquehanna & Western; New England Central; South Buffalo; Iowa, Chicago & Eastern; Indiana & Ohio; Indiana Southern; Louisville & Indiana; Meridian Southern; Talleyrand Terminal Railroad; Portland & Western; and the Connecticut Southern. He was also assigned to the FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Positive Train Control Working Group.

Thereafter, Brother Twombly was assigned to assist on all CN properties and associated short lines which included: CN Illinois Central; CN Wisconsin Central; CN Grand Trunk Western; Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway; Elgin Joliet and Eastern; Gary Railway, Cedar River; and Illinois Midland.

For eight years (2010-2018), Vice President Twombly was assigned to assist all Union Pacific General Committees of Adjustment (Eastern District, Northern Region (former C&NW), Western Lines (which includes the Pacific Harbor Line), Western Region (which includes the Portland & Western), Central Region, and Southern Region); the Tacoma Belt Railway, the Utah Railroad, Longview Portland & Northern and Longview Switching; Portland Terminal; and Eastern Idaho.

During his tenure as National Vice President on all these assignments, Brother Twombly collectively assisted in four (4) first-time agreements, twenty-two (22) renegotiated agreements, one (1) Oregon Short Line Agreement and one (1) New York Dock Agreement.

Effective January 1, 2019, NVP Twombly was appointed as the head of the Short Line Department, and Designated Representative of the Department with daily oversight, and full negotiating and arbitral authority for: Union Railroad; Chicago Belt Line; South Buffalo; Western New York and Pennsylvania.

In addition to those responsibilities Brother Twombly was also assigned to assist the General Chairmen on Grand Trunk Western Railroad; regional carriers Springfield Terminal Railway, Delaware & Hudson Railway, New England Central Railroad, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway; and short line carriers New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad, Connecticut Southern Railroad, Louisville & Indiana Railroad, Huron & Eastern Railway and Tacoma Belt Line.

Since January 1, 2019, Brother Twombly has assisted in an additional eleven (11) successfully renegotiated collective bargaining agreements.

Brother Twombly began his professional railroad career at the age of 18 on June 30, 1971, as a locomotive fireman for the Boston & Maine Railroad. He quickly learned the craft and became a qualified locomotive engineer one year later, being set up and set back until eventually being promoted full time locomotive engineer in 1977. He joined the Brotherhood on November 1, 1971, and has held continuous membership since 1973.

His service to the Brotherhood began in 1987, when he volunteered for the position of Vice Local Chairman. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the Local Chairman’s position.

Brother Twombly served as Vice General Chairman under Charlie Klimek, his long-time friend and mentor, from 1989 thru 1994, and became General Chairman after Brother Klimek left office in 1995.

Vice President Twombly comes from a family with a rich tradition of railroading. His late father, Wilbur M. Twombly hired out on the Boston & Maine as a fireman on February 15, 1948, in North Conway, New Hampshire. Wilbur earned promotion to locomotive engineer and became both steam and diesel qualified. He retired in 1990 with 42 years of service, enjoying a long pension until passing December 12, 2018. Also, his great grandfather, Arthur Seavey, and great uncle, Willis Twombly, both were locomotive engineers on the Northern Division of the B&M, with hire dates in the late 1890s.

Vice President Twombly’s son, Jason M. Twombly, hired out on the Springfield Terminal Railway September 20, 2010 as a trainman, later earning promotion to Locomotive Engineer. In 2018 Jason hired out in Boston, Mass., with Keolis Commuter Rail operation as an Engineer.

Michael D. Priester

Michael D. Priester

Vice President

Michael D. Priester is a National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation to his third consecutive term as Vice President at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention on October 3, 2018. He also ran unopposed when he was first elected Vice President at the BLET’s Second National Convention in 2010 and again at the Third National Convention in 2014.

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Brother Priester’ s railroad career began when he hired out as a fireman for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad on June 6, 1968, out of Terre Haute, Indiana. By 1969, he was holding a regular position on a night road switcher, which allowed him to pursue a higher education. He enrolled at Indiana State University, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in August 1974.

In 1972, Vice President Priester was promoted to engineer and joined BLE Division 754 effective February 1, 1972. He has been a member in good standing ever since. It was here that his interests turned towards the union movement, which propelled him to the Vice Local Chairman’s position in his Division. He held that position all the while, gaining the experience and knowledge needed to take the next step.

In 1979, he was elected Local Chairman, a position he would hold for 20 years. In 1999, he was elected General Chairman of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR/US), Metra North, Iowa, Missouri Rail Link (IMRL) Committee. He served this Committee as its Chairman for 11½ years, winning reelection in both 2003 and 2007.

This Committee has since expanded to include the Indiana Southern Railroad (ISRR) and the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (DM&E).

Under Brother Priester’ s leadership as General Chairman, the DM&E membership ratified a retroactive five-year wage and benefits package in August of 2010, which included a Union Shop Agreement. This agreement provided the General Committee with the opportunity to represent 200-plus new members.

Prior to becoming Vice President, Priester had served as Chairman of the BLET Western General Chairman’s Association. As Chairman, Brother Priester also served on the BLET National Wage Committee.

Rick Gibbons

Rick Gibbons

Vice President

Rick Gibbons is National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

He was elected by acclamation to serve as First Alternate National Vice President in the first-ever membership election of National Division officers in December of 2010. Effective July 1, 2013, he was elevated to the office of National Vice President upon the retirement of Vice President Willard E. Knight. He was elected by acclamation to his first term at the BLET’s Third National Convention in 2014. He was elected by acclamation to his second full term of office on October 3, 2018, at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas.

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Immediately prior to his elevation to the Advisory Board, Gibbons served as General Chairman of the BLET’s Burlington Northern Frisco (former SL-SF)/MNA General Committee of Adjustment, a position he held for 12 years.

Brother Gibbons’ railroad career began in 1972 on the former Illinois Central Gulf in Slater, Mo. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1973 and joined the Brotherhood that same year. He was a member of BLE Division 8 in Slater until 1993, when he moved to Kansas City, Mo. and joined BLE Division 502. Since joining the Brotherhood, in 1973 he has been elected to numerous offices over his 47+ year career, including Division President, Local Chairman, Legislative Representative, and First Vice General Chairman.

Brother Gibbons also served the Brotherhood as a delegate to the 2001 BLE International Convention in Miami Beach, and served on the Arrangements Committee during the 2006 First National Convention in Las Vegas and the 2010 Second National Convention in Reno, Nevada.

During his tenure as General Chairman, Vice President Gibbons was privileged to be the Western General Chairman’s Association (WGCA) Secretary-Treasurer from 2009 through 2011. He was then elected Chairman of the WGCA in 2012. In 2003, he was appointed to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters / Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Merger Committee on Bylaws, and also a position on the Rail Safety Advisory Committee’s (RSAC) Risk Reduction and Fatigue Management Working Groups, representing the BLET and all of Rail Labor. Vice President Gibbons also was the Host Chairman of the 2003 Southwestern Convention Meeting in Branson, Missouri.

As General Chairman, Gibbons worked with the other three General Chairmen on BNSF in negotiating several on-property agreements in coordination with national bargaining. This included a Safety Summit Agreement/Alternative Handling Program in an attempt to change the safety culture and the punitive discipline agenda on BNSF.

Vice President Gibbons comes from a long line of railroaders in his family. His grandfather was the Superintendent on the Chicago and Alton Railroad in Slater for many years. His mother was a clerk and his aunt was a hostess on the Burlington Zephyr. One uncle was a switchman in Mexico, Missouri for the GM&O, and his great uncle was a boomer who landed on the Southern Pacific in California and retired at the age of 82 with 64 years of service.

James P. Louis

James P. Louis

Vice President

Department Head – BLET Passenger Department
Department Head – BLET Education and Training Department
Department Head – BLET Department of Internal Organizing, Mobilizing and Strategic Planning

James P. Louis is National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was elected by acclamation to his second term of office at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018. He was elected by acclamation to his first term at the BLET’s Third National Convention on October 1, 2014. Vice President Louis also serves as Head of the BLET’s Passenger Department, the BLET’s Education and Training Department, and the BLET’s Department of Internal Organizing, Mobilizing and Strategic Planning.

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Brother Louis was elected Third Alternate National Vice President at the BLET’s Second National Convention in 2010. Immediately prior to his 2014 election to the Advisory Board, Vice President Louis served as General Chairman of the Conrail SAA/CSXT Northern District General Committee of Adjustment in Buffalo, N.Y. He first began serving the GCA in 1997 when he was elected to the Alternate Secretary-Treasurer position. He was then elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2004, a position he was reelected to in 2007, and also began service as Alternate General Chairman prior to becoming General Chairman in 2009.

Vice President Louis’s railroad career began when he hired out with Conrail as a trainman on August 6, 1976, in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1982, he began working in Conrail commuter service as a trainman/conductor in Hoboken, NJ. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer for Conrail on September 9, 1987, at Oak Point, N.Y.

Vice President Louis first joined the Brotherhood as a member of Division 752 in 1987. He transferred to Division 659 and soon became actively involved in serving the membership. He was elected Local Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of Division 659 in 1989, positions he held continuously until 1997, when he transferred to Division 382. He also represented Division 659 as a delegate to the BLE International Convention in 1996. Vice President Louis transferred his BLET membership once again in 1998 and became a member of Division 421 in Buffalo, NY. In 2001, he was elected to the Local Committee of Adjustment for Division 421, and was elected to serve as Local Chairman in 2004 and again in 2007. In 2006, he again served as a Delegate representing Division 421 at the BLET’s First National Convention in 2006.

In addition to his General Committee and Division offices, Vice President Louis has been heavily involved in the Brotherhood’s legislative affairs since joining the union. He represented Division 659 on the New York State Legislative Board from 1989 through 1997, and then represented Division 421 in that same capacity for several years. He was twice elected Treasurer of the New York State Legislative Board in 2004. He was promoted to serve as Chairman of the New York State Legislative Board in 2008 and held that office until 2010.

Vice President Louis has been active in the BLE/BLET’s Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA), serving as Arrangements Chairman in 2004, and then as Vice Chairman of the EUMA Standing Committee from 2005 to 2014.

In 2001, Vice President Louis was elected Second Alternate to the former BLE Board of Appeals. In 2006, he served on the Eastern Steering Committee at the BLET’s First National Convention in Las Vegas. In 2011, Brother Louis served as Eastern Representative on the National Wage/Rule Committee. In 2010 and again in 2014, Vice President Louis served as a member of the Arrangements Committee at the BLET Second National Convention and Third National Convention, respectively. And, beginning in 2013, Vice President Louis began serving as a member of the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) as a member of the BLET’s Crew Fatigue, Risk Management and Two-Person Crew Working Groups.

A fourth-generation railroader, Vice President Louis is proud of his strong union background. His great grandfather, Joseph, worked for 60 years on the Pennsylvania and the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroads. His grandfather, Fredrick, worked as a conductor. His father, Arthur, was a conductor with the New York Central from 1940 to 1968. His brother, Jerry, was a fireman with Penn Central/Conrail who served as a Local Chairman of the United Transportation Union from 1970 to 1979. His mother Leona, a union baker, taught Jim the values of unionism. As a young girl, she would toss loaves of bread to striking autoworkers in Flint, Michigan, at the risk of being chased by management guards.

Mark L. Wallace

Mark L. Wallace

Vice President

Mark L. Wallace is National Vice President of the 58,000 member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation at the union’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018.

At the time of his election, Vice President Wallace was serving as a National Division Trustee and as General Chairman of the Norfolk Southern-Southern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), which represents 43 Divisions with over 3,000 members. He was elected by acclamation to the General Chairman’s position on May 8, 2012, and again in 2016. He was elected by acclamation to the office of National Division Trustee at the BLET’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014. He is currently an active member of BLET Division 267 (Asheville, N.C.), having joined the Brotherhood on February 1, 1997.

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Brother Wallace began his railroad career as a carman with Norfolk Southern in 1993 and transferred to the craft of conductor in 1996. In 1998, he completed his locomotive engineer training and attained seniority as a locomotive engineer.

Brother Wallace began his service to the union immediately after joining Division 267. He served as an appointed Local Chairman for trainmen/conductors and Vice Local Chairman before becoming Local Chairman in 2000. He has served as a delegate to the BLET National Conventions in 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2014, serving on the Credentials Committee in 2001. Brother Wallace also was elected as Ninth Alternate Vice President at the 2001 Convention and First Alternate Vice President in 2014. He served as the Southeast Caucus Chairman at the National Convention in 2006 and served as Chairman of the Southeastern General Chairman’s Association from 2012-2018.

Before his railroad career, Brother Wallace attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Ray C. Wallace, who was a locomotive engineer, Local Chairman, and General Chairman of the NS Southern Lines from 1986-2008. His mother Janie was very active in the Grand International Auxiliary (GIA), serving as a national officer, and also served as Executive Secretary of the NS-Southern Lines GCA for many years.

Brother Wallace has participated in every facet of membership representation at many levels, beginning at the grassroots level and working his way up through the local level to the General Committee and the National Division. He has served as Vice Local Chairman, Local Chairman, 4th Vice General Chairman, 3rd Vice General Chairman, 2nd Vice General Chairman, General Chairman, Ninth Alternate Vice President, First Alternate Vice President, and National Division Trustee.

Brother Wallace participated in negotiations that resulted in the 2015 on-property agreement with Norfolk Southern, the current agreement with Portland & Western, the current agreement with the Pacific Harbor Lines, and the 2015 National Agreement. He is assigned as Vice President to the current National Wage Team. He also served as a member of the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Two-Person Crew Working Group.

Vice President Wallace is assigned to the Union Pacific Eastern District, Northern Region (Former C&NW), Western Lines, Central Region, and Southern Region General Committees of Adjustment. He also assists on the Portland & Western Railroad, Portland Terminal, Utah Railway, Pacific Harbor Lines, Longview Portland & Northern, and Longview Switching.

J. Alan Holdcraft

J. Alan Holdcraft

Vice President

J. Alan Holdcraft is National Vice President of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018.

Immediately prior to his 2018 election, Vice President Holdcraft served the BLET as General Chairman of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (former AT&SF) General Committee of Adjustment (BNSF-ATSF GCA), representing nearly 3,150 members from 35 different BLET Divisions.

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Vice President Holdcraft began his railroad career on June 1, 1977, when he hired out as a trainman with the Santa Fe Railroad in Galveston, Texas. He began engineer training in November of 1977 and earned promotion to locomotive engineer on May 6, 1978. He has held continuous membership in BLET Division 776 (Galveston, Texas) since initiating into the Brotherhood on February 1, 1980.

Vice President Holdcraft is a dedicated union leader who has served the Brotherhood in numerous elected offices over the years. From 2002-2008, he served as Local Chairman of Division 776. From 2008-2011, he served as Vice General Chairman of the BLET’s BNSF-ATSF GCA. He was elected BNSF-ATSF General Chairman in 2012, and was reelected by acclamation in 2014 and 2018.

From 2012-2016, Brother Holdcraft served as Secretary-Treasurer of the BLET’s Western General Chairman’s Association, and was elected to serve as its Chairman in 2017. In 2014, Brother Holdcraft was elected Seventh Alternate Vice President at the BLET’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas.

Vice President Holdcraft served on the BLET’s National Wage Committee during the round of contract talks that concluded in 2017, which resulted in more than 88 percent of the voting BLET members ratifying the agreement. He has also served on the Rail Safety Advisory Committee’s (RSAC) Inward/Outward-Facing Recording Device Working Group.

David P. Estes

David P. Estes

National Division Trustee

David P. Estes is a National Division Trustee of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by acclamation to his second consecutive term of office at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018, having been elected by acclamation to his first term at the Third National Convention in October of 2014.

Brother Estes is an Amtrak locomotive engineer who works the Cascades service between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. He is a member of Division 60 (Seattle) and is currently serving as Vice General Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the Amtrak General Committee of Adjustment, as well as Local Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of Division 60.

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Brother Estes began his railroad career with Amtrak in 1991 at Seattle, Wash. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1997 and joined the BLET Division 60 effective October 1, 1997. In 2001, he was elected to the offices of Division 60 Local Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer. In 2005, he was elected as the Alternate Secretary-Treasurer of the Amtrak General Committee of Adjustment and ascended to the GCA Secretary-Treasurer position in November 2007. In November 2014, Brother Estes was elected to the office of GCA Vice General Chairman.

Brother Estes represented Division 60 as their delegate to the BLET First National Convention in 2006, Second National Convention 2010, and the Third National Convention 2014. During the 2014 Convention, Brother Estes also served as Chairman of the Salaries Committee.

Throughout his career, Brother Estes has directly participated in most aspects of both Local Division and General Committee of Adjustment membership representation, including time claims, discipline handling, Locomotive Engineer Review Board (LERB) submissions and contract negotiations. In his role as GCA Secretary-Treasurer, Brother Estes works closely with the 25 other Division Secretary-Treasurers across the entire Amtrak system, as well as the other railroads that the GCA represents, including Keolis in Boston (BLET Division 57) and Virginia (BLET Division 14), and Transit America Services (TASI) in San Francisco/San Jose (BLET Division 65). In addition, he has attended each of the LM-2 Secretary-Treasurer workshops offered by the BLET Education and Training Department from 2006 to the present.

William P. Lyons

William P. Lyons

National Division Trustee

William P. Lyons is a National Division Trustee of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was reelected by acclamation to continue serving in this role at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018. He was elected unanimously by the BLET Advisory Board to serve as a National Division Trustee effective February 1, 2018.

Brother Lyons serves the Brotherhood as Chairman of the CSXT-Northern Lines General Committee of Adjustment (GCA), which represents nearly 3,000 active and retired members. He was elected to his first full term of office as General Chairman in May of 2013 and was reelected by acclamation in May of 2017.

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Brother Lyons began his railroad career when he hired out as a conductor for CSXT at Columbus, Ohio, on February 28, 2000. He joined BLET Division 34 in Columbus, Ohio, on September 1, 2003, and he immediately became an active and involved leader. In 2004, Brother Lyons became Division 34’s first-ever Local Chairman for trainmen after the BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. One year later, he became the GCA’s first-ever conductor to be elected to the office of Regional Vice General Chairman.

In 2009, Brother Lyons was nominated and elected to the GCA’s Second Vice General Chairman office, a full-time position that required him to relocate to Florida. Over the next three years, he was elevated to serve the GCA as First Vice General Chairman and Acting General Chairman. In 2013, he was elected General Chairman, and was reelected by acclamation in 2017.

Brother Lyons has served the National Division in various capacities. In 2010, he was elected by acclamation to serve as Fifth Alternate National Vice President at the BLET’s Second National Convention. In 2014, he was elected by acclamation to the office of Fourth Alternate National Vice President at the BLET’s Third National Convention. At the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in 2018, he was elected by acclamation to the office of First Alternate National Vice President. He also served as a member of the National Division’s Arrangements Committee during the 2010 and 2014 conventions. He has twice been elected as his GCA’s delegate to the IBT International conventions in 2011 and 2016. Brother Lyons also serves as a Vice Chairman of the BLET’s National General Chairmen’s Association.

As General Chairman and Vice General Chairman, Brother Lyons participated in numerous on-property negotiations with CSXT. He also recently led negotiations for another on-property agreement with Bombardier Transportation Services for his members working in MARC commuter rail service. Brother Lyons is assigned to the National Wage Committee for the current round of national contract negotiations, and served in the same role during the round of negotiations that concluded in 2017, with an agreement that was ratified by 88% of voting members.

Prior to his railroad career, Brother Lyons attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied Fire Science Engineering. He also holds a degree in Labor Studies.

R. E. “Dick” Crow

R. E. “Dick” Crow

National Division Trustee

R. E. “Dick” Crow is a National Division Trustee of the 58,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was elected by at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 3, 2018.

Brother Crow currently serves as Chairman of the Union Pacific-Northern Region General Committee of Adjustment (UP-NR GCA), which represents approximately 1,200 active locomotive engineers and trainmen who work for the Union Pacific Railroad and Metra commuter lines. He is a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and a member of BLET Division 404 (Chicago, Ill.).

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Brother Crow began his railroad career in 1996, when he hired out as a trainman with the Union Pacific in Chicago, earning promotion to locomotive engineer in June of 1999. He has held continuous membership in BLET Division 404 since June 1, 1999.

Throughout his union career, Brother Crow has been an active and involved leader. In 2003, he was elected Vice Local Chairman of Division 404, winning election to the office of Local Chairman in 2006 and again in 2009. In 2010, Brother Crow was elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the UP-NR GCA. In a show of dedication to the Brotherhood and its members, Brother Crow relocated to Clinton, Iowa when he was elevated to the office of 1st Vice Chairman in September of 2012. He was elevated to the office of General Chairman in December of 2012 and was reelected General Chairman at the GCA’s quadrennial meetings in 2014 and 2018.

Brother Crow has served on the Executive Board of the former BLET Western General Chairman’s Association (WGCA) from 2013-2020. He was a delegate to the BLET’s Second National Convention in 2010 and a BLET delegate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Convention in 2016 and 2021.

While serving as a Local Chairman, Brother Crow participated in the successful negotiation of a New York Dock Implementing Agreement from 2007-2010. He also successfully completed grievance mediation training in April of 2017.

Brother Crow and his brother, Randall J. Crow, both hired out on the Union Pacific on the same day in 1996. His son Tyler hired out on the railroad in February of 2012.