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BLET: Knight becomes national VP; Radek to retire from VP post


The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) recently named Willard Knight national vice president. He most recently was general chairman of the 59,000-member-union’s Norfolk Southern-Eastern Region General Committee of Adjustment, a position he held for 18 years.

In 2006, Knight was elected as third-alternate vice president; in 2007, he was promoted to the BLET’s advisory board. A former Norfolk & Western Railroad locomotive engineer, Knight joined the union in 1974 and later served as a local chairman, then general chairman.

The BLET also announced that National VP and Director of Arbitration Richard Radek is retiring. He also joined the union in 1974 and later served as secretary-treasurer of Division 404 (Chicago) and local chairman.

In 1981, Radek joined the union’s international staff and was assigned to the National Railroad Adjustment Board in Chicago. When an arbitration department was established in 1991, he became director of arbitration.

National VP Marcus Ruef will assume Radek’s arbitration director duties, the BLET said. He previously served as assistant director of arbitration from 1997 to mid-2006.

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