|BLET to conduct training for Legislative Representatives|
The BLET Education &
Training Department, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office
and the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen
(NASLBC), will conduct a workshop for BLET Division Legislative
Representatives in Washington, D.C., from May 23-27, 2010.
The workshop will take place at Teamster headquarters in Washington, D.C., with classroom training beginning the evening of Sunday, May 23. All-day classroom training will follow on May 24, 25 and 26.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
• Computer skills (principles of letter writing and database management);
• Regulatory affairs (reporting and documenting important issues);
• Political affairs (the anatomy of elections, how a bill becomes a law, communications skills, and writing to politicians);
• Robert’s Rules of Order (conducting meetings); and
• Understanding individual State Legislative Board bylaws.
After completion of the classroom training, attendees will participate in a full day of lobbying on May 27. May 28 is scheduled for travel home.
Instructors for the class will include: Bill Walpert, National Secretary-Treasurer; John Tolman, Vice-President & National Legislative Representative; Ken Kroeger, BLET Special Representative & Coordinator of the Education & Training Department; Fred McLuckie, Teamsters Legislative Director; Bill Munger, Teamsters Department of Training & Development; Christy Bailey, Teamsters Director of Field and Political Action; Tim Smith, California State Legislative Board Chairman and Chairman of the NASLBC; Tim Hanely, BLET Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman; Kathleen Policy, BLET Legislative, Political & Regulatory Coordinator; Gail Carson, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President & National Legislative Representative; and Steve Bruno, BLET Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Participation in the workshop is limited to the first 18 who register, with a limit of two representatives from each state.
Those who successfully complete the classroom portion of the workshop will be eligible for a stipend of $116 per day from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF). The stipends will be paid directly to the State Legislative Board or Division Secretary-Treasurer.
NARF is a non-profit operating foundation formed by the Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) to support rail history, education, safety, and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BR&CF, NARF has supported many non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past 10 years. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor — giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across North America.
Register for the class at http://www.ble-t.org/lr.
After registering for the workshop, workshop attendees will receive an e-mail confirmation that will include hotel registration information. Attendees are responsible for their transportation costs, along with the cost of room and board.
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