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Railroad Union Brings National Training to Vol State

Submitted on August 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The long-time union leaders of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters realized that they needed to train the next generation of union leadership. They turned to the Volunteer State Community College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development to combine a diverse set of subjects into an intensive two-week training session, bringing in union members from across the country.

"We've never done anything like this before in a comprehensive way with classes in bargaining economics, labor history, computer training and writing and communication skills," said BMWED President Freddie Simpson. "It's great to have a central location with all of the resources of the college."

The BMWED represents railroad workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges and buildings for the nation's railroads. The union members in this training span the country from Rhode Island to California. The courses include many areas of industry training expertise and utilize college resources such as the Media Services Television Studio. BMWED leaders say they plan similar sessions for later in the year. For more information about Continuing Education Business and Industry Institute classes and training at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/workforce or e-mail Bob.Jankiewicz@volstate.edu or by phone at (615) 230 - 3359. For information on BMWED visit www.bmwed.org

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Pictured: Union leaders take a break during the training session to talk to Vol State administrators. Left to right: Dr. Warren Nichols, Vol State President; Perry Geller, Sr., Secretary-Treasurer BMWED, Freddie Simpson, President BMWED; and Hilary Marabeti, Vol State Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education and Economic Development.

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