BLE-T Division 622

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2024 Division 622 Elections Information
Jun 02, 2024

General Election Information

BLET Triannual Elections will be held in the fall of 2024.

Nominations for officers of our division will be held at the regular meeting on Thursday, September 5th, 2024.

Election of officers will be held at the first regular meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2024. 

Procedures for our election process are outlined by both Federal and Brotherhood Law.

For further information on any of the information or the process, please refer to the BLET Bylaws or contact your Secretary Treasurer.

The Following is a synopsis from the BLET Bylaws and the On The Right Track Election Guide provided by BLE-T National Division. See the resource section below to download and review these documents.

There will be an election by mailed ballot for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Local Chairman
  • 1st Vice Local Chairman
  • 2nd Vice Local Chairman
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Alternate Secretary/Treasurer
  • Guide
  • Chaplin
  • Delegate to the National Convention
  • 1st Alternate Delegate to the National Convention
  • 2nd Alternate Delegate to the National Convention
  • Legislative Represetative
  • Alternate Legislative Representative 
  • 1st Trustee
  • 2nd Trustee
  • 3rd Trustee
  • 1st Alternate Trustee
  • 2nd Alternate Trustee
  • 3rd Alternate Trustee

For more information on the duties of these offices, refer to Bylaws or contact your Secretary Treasurer

Eligibility to be Nominated / Elected

To be eligible for election to any office in a Local Union, a member must be in continuous good standing in the Local Union in which they are a member and in which they are seeking office, and be actively employed at the craft within the jurisdiction of such Local Union, for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination for said office, and must be eligible to hold the office if elected.

Members are urged to verify their eligibility before nominations and election.

Local division secretary-treasurers shall verify the eligibility of all members who nominate, second, and/or run for local division office, and shall verify the eligibility of any member at that member’s request.

Election Process

After nominations are closed, the division shall elect by ballot an Election Committee, unless appointed by the President with the unanimous consent of the members present, composed of at least three (3) non-nominees, who shall oversee the election of officers. The Election Committee shall work with the Secretary-Treasurer to provide required notices, prepare and mail ballots, pick up and process un-deliverable ballots, pick up voted ballots immediately prior to the election meeting, and act as board of tellers at the election meeting.

Ballots & Instructions

(Failure to follow these instructions will result in your ballot being ineligible to be counted.)

The ballot packet shall also include these instructions:

• Mark this ballot in ink

• Write-in voting is not permitted

• Vote for one candidate only for each office

• Do not sign, or put your name or any identifying information on this ballot

• Place the ballot in a small secrecy envelope, seal it and place it in a larger return envelope

• Place name and addresses on the return envelope and mail or bring to the Division Meeting

Here is a Sample Ballot (PDF) with instructions that you will receive in the mail.

For any additional questions, Contact:

BLE-T 622 Secretary Treasure Neil Burri - (308) 760-0937 -


BLET National Bylaws

On the Right Track - Election Guide

BLET Division 622 Standing Rules

Frequently Asked Questions on Election

Q1: How long does a person have to be a member in order to be eligible to vote in local division elections?

A1: A member is eligible to vote if their dues are paid through the month prior to the month in which the election is held. To be eligible to vote in December 2024, a member must have paid dues in October 2024, which are applied to the November 2024 membership report.

Q2: May retired members, or members who have relinquished their seniority or the right to exercise their seniority, run for office, nominate candidates or second nominations, or vote for local division officers?

A2: No.

Q3: May members who do not hold seniority in engine service (e.g., conductors, trainmen, etc.) be elected to a local division office?

A3: Yes, provided they (1) do not hold membership in another organization that purports to represent engineers, (2) maintain seniority in a craft eligible for representation by the BLET, and  (3) are in continuous good standing and actively employed at the craft for twenty-four (24) months prior to nominations. Payment of a seniority maintenance fee to another labor organization that purports to represent locomotive engineers does not constitute membership in that organization.

Q4: Are retired or honorary members eligible for election to any office in the local division?

A4: No.

Q5: May conductor/trainmen members be elected to the office of the local chairman?

A5: Yes, if they do not hold membership in another organization that purports to represent engineers and are in continuous good standing for twenty-four (24) months prior to nominations and elections.

Q6: In a single division GCA, are nominations held for the office of general chairman?

A6: No, unless the applicable division or GCA bylaws provide otherwise. GCR Section 2(a) provides that on a road or system where there is but one (1) division and one (1) LCA, the LCA will be the GCA, with the local chairman serving as general chairman and the first vice local chairman serving as vice general chairman and, the division secretary-treasurer will be the GCA secretary-treasurer. In this circumstance, the member elected as local chairman will be the general chairman, the members elected as vice local chairmen will be the vice general chairmen, and the member elected as the division secretary-treasurer will be the GCA secretary-treasurer unless the GCA has adopted Bylaws approved by the National President that provides for the GCA secretary-treasurer to be elected differently.

Q7: If only one nomination is received for a particular office, can the chosen person be declared elected by acclamation?

A7: Yes. The president casts a vote in favor of the sole candidate, and that candidate will be declared elected at the first meeting in December. Therefore, members elected via acclamation must maintain their continuous good standing until the election is complete and reported in December. Also, the requirement to report election results, pursuant to the second paragraph of LDR Section 8(d), applies to all offices, including those elected via acclamation. And any member elected via acclamation shall not be installed until the division’s first regular meeting in January 2025.

Q8: Only one person is nominated for a particular office. After nominations and before elections at the first meeting in December, that member becomes in-eligible to hold the office for which they were nominated. Should nominations be reopened for that office?

A8: Yes. Nominations for that office must be conducted again.

Q9: How would the votes received by the ineligible candidates be treated in tabulating the election results?

A9: If the ineligible candidate received the most votes, the election would have to be rerun with the ineligible candidate stricken from the ballot. If only one candidate remains in the contest after the ineligible candidate is stricken from the ballot, nominations for that office would need to be conducted again.

Q10: Can a member nominate and/or second themselves for office?

A10: No. The first paragraph of LDR Section 7(a) expressly prohibits a member from nominating themselves and from seconding their nomination.

Q11: Must nominations be seconded?

A11: Yes, including written nominations.

Q12: How does a member contest an election?

A12: A member wanting to contest an election must file a protest in duplicate with the local division secretary-treasurer and the National President within thirty (30) days of the election. See LDR Section 8(g). It should be noted that any protest that fails to set forth the exact nature and specifications of the alleged irregularity, including a claim as to how it affected the outcome of the election, will be denied by the National President as procedurally deficient.

Q13: Do members who are off due to illness, injury, dismissed from service, or cut off the working list for a calendar month or more and are exempt from the payment of dues have the right to vote for officers of the local division?

A13: No, unless they pay either full dues or dues at the non-working rate per NDR Section 29(h)(6) in the month prior to the month in which elections are held.

Q14: Members who are retired due to disability are carried by the secretary-treasurer on the books as NDR Section 29(h)(1) members. Do these members have the right to vote for officers of the local division?

A14: The answer to Q&A 13 also applies to NDR Section 29(h)(1) members. Further, a member who has retired due to disability is only entitled to the Section 29(h)(1) exempt status until full retirement age — as defined in the Social Security Act — is reached. At that point, the member’s occupational disability is converted to an age and service annuity; relinquishing all seniority is part of the conversion process by operation of Railroad Retirement Board regulations. At that point, the member’s status must be changed from Section 29(h)(1) exempt to Section 29(i) retired. Retired members do not have voting rights in BLET elections.

Q15: May a member submit their ballot by any means other than by government mail?

A15: Yes, members may also submit their ballot in person at the division meeting before opening the ballot envelopes.

Q16: May a member change their vote after mailing the ballot?

A16: No.

Q17: May a member who was initiated after ballots were mailed out by the election committee be allowed to vote?

A17: The members may vote only if they paid dues the month prior to the month in which the election is held. If there are more than fifteen (15) days before the election meeting, the new member may request that the election committee mail a ballot. If fewer than fifteen (15) days before the election meeting, the new member must attend the meeting to receive a ballot and vote.

Q18: A member does not receive a ballot from the election committee. How may they vote?

A18: If more than fifteen (15) days remain before the election meeting, the member may request that the election committee mail a duplicate ballot. The ballot envelope should be marked “Duplicate Ballot.” If there are fewer than fifteen (15) days before the election meeting, the member must attend the meeting in order to receive a ballot and vote.

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