There are several types of membership in the BLET Auxiliary, as outlined below. The number of auxiliaries applying for Charters is growing, and in an ideal world, there would be an auxiliary in every town and every part of the country. We are working toward that goal, and will continue growing until we attain it. The more auxiliaries that are established all over the country, the greater our ability to support not only the BLET Division members, but our fellow Auxiliary members. The larger our communication and mobilization networks, the greater our voice.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
In addition to becoming part of a progressive and involved organization, members also receive a quarterly newsletter containing reports of activities from auxiliaries throughout the country, legislative updates, articles of interest to our members, and articles for our retired members. Other benefits include eligibility for our Scholarship Program, Care and Assistance Program, and inclusion in our Mobilization Program.
The spouse, widow, widower, mother, father, daughter or son (18 years or older) of a member of the BLET or the BLET Auxiliary is eligible for membership in the BLET Auxiliary.
LOCAL AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP
Anyone who meets the qualification for membership, as listed above, and is interested in joining our organization, may attend a regularly scheduled meeting of their local auxiliary. Each auxiliary meets at least eight (8) times per year. Annual dues are set by each auxiliary. At the beginning of each calendar year, the secretary of the local auxiliary will send to the National Auxiliary $25 for each member who is a retiree, widow or widower, and $50 each for those members not yet of retirement age. The National Dues is used to support the Auxiliary and our programs.
LOCAL AUXILIARY ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
An Associate Membership is offered for those interested in participating in the work of the auxiliary, but who do not meet the requirements of membership. Associate members may become members of local auxiliaries or associate members-at-large. National Dues for associate members of a local auxiliary are the same as for full members, according to their status (retired or active).
The application form for local auxiliary membership and associate local auxiliary membership can be found at the following link:
For those who wish to join the Auxiliary, but do not yet have a local auxiliary formed in their area, they may join as a member-at-large. Members-at-large are entitled to all programs available to BLET Auxiliary members, as set forth throughout the BLET Auxiliary Constitution and Bylaws. To be granted member-at-large status, one must either be the spouse of a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET), or the mother, father, daughter, or son (18 years or older) of a member of the BLET or the BLET Auxiliary. The widow of a deceased BLET member is also eligible, unless remarried.
National dues for members-at-large are paid annually:
Retirees (over 60), widows, widowers: $30.00/year
For those who are not yet of retirement age: $55.00/year
For an applicant who joins after the first quarter of a given year, dues are prorated for that year (see table on application form). After membership has been established, dues are payable on January 1 of each year and are considered delinquent after March 1 of the current year. The National Secretary sends dues notices to all members-at-large at the end of each calendar year.
The person whose relationship to the applicant qualifies the applicant for membership is called the sponsor. The member-at-large application form can be found at this link: Member-at-Large. Once completed, the application and associated fees and dues should be forwarded to the BLET Auxiliary National Secretary at:Helen Brand, National Secretary
38768 Crescent Hill Road
Osawatomie, KS 66064
All checks are to be made payable to BLET AUXILIARY.
Any person interested in promoting the mission and goals of the Auxiliary through their attendance at meetings during regional conventions, working with other auxiliary members, or who has a desire to stay informed on issues affecting members of the BLET and the Teamsters Rail Conference, shall be eligible for associate membership in the Auxiliary. Applicant’s sponsor must be a member of the BLET, the BLET Auxiliary, or the Teamsters Rail Conference to be considered for membership.
Associate members-at-large are not eligible to run for or hold a national office; however, if an associate member-at-large expresses an interest to perform specific duties on behalf of the National Auxiliary, the National President may call upon these individuals for assistance.
Because associate members-at-large do not meet the requirements for full membership, they are not eligible to participate in the programs of the BLET Auxiliary, including the Scholarship and Care and Assistance programs. (Some exceptions may apply.)
The Associate Member-at-Large application form can be found at this link: Member-at-Large.
For any questions or concerns regarding membership, please contact National Secretary Helen Brand at 913-256-2741, or Brand51@hotmail.com.