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Sorrow becomes BLET's 22nd president

Yesterday, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced it appointed Paul Sorrow national president, making him the 22nd chief executive of North America’ oldest rail labor union. He had served as acting national president since Oct. 15, when former BLET National President Edward Rodzwicz took a leave of absence after the U.S. Justice Department charged him with bribery in connection with a designated legal counsel. Rodzwicz now has resigned and plans to retire.

Sorrow had served as first vice president since April 2008. He previously was a BLET VP for about 17 years and was chief of staff at the union’s national division headquarters for several years in the mid-1990s. Sorrow also previously served a six-year stint as chairman of the CSX Transportation Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment, and was a vice general chairman for the Eastern Lines GCA and a local chairman in Abbeville, S.C.

He began is railroading career in 1965 with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, became a locomotive engineer a year later and joined the union in 1972.

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