About Dennis Pierce

Dennis R. Pierce has served as National President of the 57,000-member Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Teamsters Rail Conference, since July 1, 2010.

He is the first BLET president to win election by direct vote of the membership since the Organization was founded in 1863, and was reelected as President by acclimation in 2014 and 2018. President Pierce has also served as President of the Teamsters Rail Conference since June 24, 2010 and was elected by acclimation to his 4th Term in March of 2022.

President Pierce began his railroad career as a Burlington Northern Maintenance of Way employee in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1979, he transferred to a clerical position with Burlington Northern. In 1980, he transferred again to the firemen’s craft and earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1981.

President Pierce started as a union officer at the grassroots level, working his way up through all of the levels of the Organization. Brother Pierce joined BLET Division 98 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 1, 1981 and became Local Chairman of Division 98 in 1991. In 1995, he was elected as a full time Vice General Chairman for the largest Bargaining group on Burlington Northern, now BNSF Railway. He became the General Chairman and Principal Officer of that Bargaining Unit in 2001, which represents over 3500 members in 45 different Local Divisions, serving in that position until 2008 when he became an Officer of the BLET’s National Division.

As BLET National President, Pierce has led the Union’s National Negotiating team for two previous rounds of bargaining resulting in national freight agreements for BLET members in 2012 and 2017 that were each ratified by over 70% of the voting members in 2012 and 85% of the voting members in 2017.

Pierce is BLET’s lead negotiator in the current round of negotiations that began on January 1, 2020, and also serves as one of the spokesmen for the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition, a coalition representing over 80% of the railroad workers in national negotiations.

Pierce was also recently elected by all Rail Union Principal Offices to serve as Chairman of the Cooperating Railway Labor Organization, a group responsible for the administration of the health care benefits for all railworkers covered by the Rail Unions’ National Health and Welfare plan.

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BLET Outreach Campaign in St. Louis
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BLET United Slate 2022