Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National President Dennis R. Pierce was reelected by acclamation to his third term as President of the Teamsters Rail Conference at the Rail Conference’s Fourth Quadrennial Convention in Las Vegas on May 2, 2018.
BLET First Vice President E. Lee Pruitt was also reelected by acclamation to his third term of office as Vice President of the Rail Conference.
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) Vice President David D. Joynt was elected by acclamation to the office of Rail Conference Secretary-Treasurer. He replaces Perry Geller, who has announced his retirement later this year. Brother Geller was recognized by the delegates, officers and guests in attendance at the convention for his 12 years of service as Rail Conference Secretary-Treasurer.
“Brother Pruitt, Brother Joynt and I are all honored to serve the Teamsters Rail Conference, and I look forwarding to advancing the causes of rail workers represented by the BLET and BMWED,” President Pierce said.
Teamster International Vice President John Murphy serves as Rail Conference Director and was on hand to address the convention delegates and to conduct the swearing in of Brothers Pierce, Pruitt and Joynt following the election.
As Rail Conference President, Pierce is the principal officer of the group and is responsible for conducting its day-to-day affairs. He also presides over meetings of the Rail Conference Policy Committee and all meetings of the Conference.
The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 rail workers employed as locomotive engineers, trainmen and maintenance of way workers across the United States as members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division.