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Officers

Joel Mueller
Joel Mueller

I began my railroad career in 1995 on the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad where I worked as both a Locomotive Engineer and Conductor until 2000. In 2000 I hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad as a Conductor and was promoted to Engineer in 2004 at which time I joined the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 9. In 2006 I was elected as the Division Legislative Representative and have been a member of the Minnesota State Legislative Board since that time. At the 2007 quadrennial meeting of the MNSLB I was elected as Trustee, at the 2011 quadrennial I was elected as Alternate Secretary/Treasurer and in 2015 I was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the BLET Minnesota State Legislative Board and served in that position until 2019.

At the 2019 quadrennial meeting I was elected as 1st Vice Chairman. On November 4th 2020 I was elevated to Chairman upon the retirement of Dave Brown.

In addition to the officer positions on the MN SLB I have served as Secretary/Treasurer of Division 9 and I am currently serving as Local Chairman of that division. I also serve as a Trustee on the UP Northern Region GCA.

Thomas Moder
Thomas Moder

I started my railroad career in 1992 with the DM&IR Railway (now owned by CN since 2005) as a Brakeman. I became a certified Locomotive Engineer in 1994 and have held my card since that time. I have had various jobs with former DMIR and now CN including Conductor, RTC and Assistant Chief Dispatcher, Division Trainmaster, and I returned back to the ranks in 2012 as a Locomotive Engineer. I have been a BLET member of the Division 163 (Proctor, MN) since 1994. I have served the BLET as Legislative Representative and Safety Officer for the last 3 years.

I am currently serving as 1st Vice Chairman of the Board (appointed in 2020). I also hold a position as Trustee on the Local and State level. I enjoy representing all the members of the BLET and making the working conditions safer for all working in this industry.

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Chuck Loomis

I began my railroad career in 1989, and was promoted to locomotive engineer in 1993. I have been a BLET member since 1994, Div. 549 (Willmar, MN). I was the alternate legislative representative for my division from 1994-1999, and have held the legislative representative position from 1999 to present day. Other duties for the MNSLB include being a Trustee for 4years, 2nd vice chairman for 4years, 1st Vice Chairman for 4years, and currently on the Executive board.

John Toth
John Toth

I started my career with the BNSF Railroad Company as a conductor in 2008, as I was completing my eight years of study in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. I became a locomotive engineer in 2013, and became a brother of the BLET Division 517 in that same year. I have always been an advocate for rail safety and was elected to represent my division, and proudly serve as a member on a terminal safety team from 2015 – 2020. I have had the privilege to serve as the Legislative Representative for Division 517 for the past three years.