ble&t constitution and bylaws
the constitution and bylaws of the international brotherhood of locomotive engineers, last revised during the international brotherhood of teamsters merger in 2004, is the 'bible' for our brotherhood. the operation of every segment of our organization is set forth in this volume including the international division ( in cleveland), the general committees (our covers the ns nickel plate and wabash territory), the state legislative boards (we have separate boards in new york, pennsylvania and ohio for our territory) and our local division 659 which represents engineers and trainmen in buffalo and olean.
the local division officers have copies available at bison yard or you can call any of us and we'll mail one to you. a copy in pdf format is also available on this site and you can download a copy directly.
the first edition was produced shortly after our organization was founded and consisted of only a few pages. it has been revised periodically by the delegates (locomotive engineers) at the regular international division conventions. initially, these conventions were held yearly, then went to every other year late in the 19th century. a change to every three years was made early in the 20th century and so forth and so on until we reached the current format of every five years in the 1960's. the delegates bring resolutions to change the constitution and bylaws from their divisions to these conventions and they are considered under robert's rules of order. the last convention had over 600 delegates in attendance so you can understand why some of the language seems confusing or conflicting.
interpretations are frequently necessary and can only be issued by written request to the international president. telephone calls to those 'well placed simply doesn't cut it! if you want to know how to apply a certain section of ble&t law, you must write to the international president. if you disagree with an interpretation he has given, you have an avenue of appeal through the board of appeals which is made up of five engineers from the five ble&t regions in the united states and canada. they meet periodically to resolve such disputes.