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Official election results: Locomotive Engineers choose international officers.

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 1996--America's senior labor union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), convening today in Detroit, announced election results for its top international offices.

More than 600 delegates to the BLE's quinquennial convention voted, with these results:

International President: Clarence V. Monin, 55, was elected to the office of International President. Since 1991, Monin held the elected position of First Vice-President & Alternate President, the union's second-highest office.

Brief bio on President Monin: As First Vice-President, Monin was U.S. national chairman of the BLE Safety Task Force, the rail industry's first and only employee-based accident investigation team. As Safety Task Force chairman, he assisted the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigations of major train accidents and testified at NTSB hearings. He also served as vice-chairman of the BLE U.S. National Legislative Board and was director of the BLE's Education & Training Department.

Monin began his rail industry career with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (now part of the CSX Transportation system) in 1964, earning his promotion to L&N Locomotive Engineer in 1966. From 1978 to 1985, he was BLE General Chairman on the L&N. His election to the union's top post coincides with his 30th anniversary of BLE service. Monin and his wife, Lyra reside in Avon Lake, Ohio; both are originally from Louisville, Ky.

First Vice-President: Edward Dubroski, 58, of Rocky River, Ohio, was elected by acclamation to the office of First Vice-President & Alternate President. Since 1991, Dubroski held the elected position of General Secretary-Treasurer.

General Secretary-Treasurer: Russell W. Bennett, 42, of Milwaukie, Ore., was elected to the office of General Secretary-Treasurer. He is a member of the BLE's local Division No. 236 in Portland, Ore.

The above three officers constitute the Executive Committee of the Cleveland-headquartered BLE. Other officers elected were:

U.S. National Legislative Representative: Leroy D. Jones of Arlington, Va., was re-elected by acclamation to the office of U.S. National Legislative Representative & International Vice-President.

Canadian Director: Gilles Halle of Charny, Quebec, was re-elected to the office of Canadian Director & International Vice-President.

Canadian National Legislative Representative: T. George Hucker of Gloucester, Ontario, was re-elected to the office of Canadian National Legislative Representative & International Vice-President.

International Vice-Presidents (7): These seven locomotive engineers were elected or re-elected to their respective offices of International Vice-President:

- Joseph A. Cassidy Jr. of Garden City, N.J., was re-elected. _ James L. McCoy of Memphis, Tenn., was elected by acclamation. - Edward W. Rodzwicz of Pittsburgh was elected. - Paul T. Sorrow of Avon Lake, Ohio, was re-elected. - William C. Walpert of Twinsburg, Ohio, was elected. - Richard K. Radek of Strongsville, Ohio, was elected. - Donald M. Hahs of Kingwood, Texas, was elected.

All of the above officers constitute the BLE's Advisory Board, which is responsible for setting and enforcing policies according to the union's bylaws and constitution. First alternate officers elected or re-elected are:

- Dale L. McPherson of St. Paul, Minn., was elected to the office of

First Alternative Vice-President. - Dennis C. Simmerman of Strongsville, Ohio, was re-elected by

acclamation to the office of Alternate General Secretary-Treasurer. - L. Brent Boggs of Gassaway, W. Va., was elected to the office of

Alternate U.S. National Legislative Representative.

All international officers were elected for five-year terms that begin immediately.

The BLE, completing four years of membership growth, represents 55,000 employees in the United States and Canada, mostly Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Train Dispatchers and Rail Traffic Controllers. The union was founded in Marshall, Mich., in 1863, just outside the international convention's host city of Detroit.

CONTACT: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Cleveland

Stephen W. FitzGerald, 216/241-2620 ext. 251

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