Retired BLET Lawyer Dies

A retired executive of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has died.

Harold Ross, 89, was the union’s general counsel between 1967 and 2011.

A news release issued by the union, said Ross argued and won two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Landers v. Amtrak and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1988, and Interstate Commerce Commission v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1987.

Ross was named an honorary member of BLET in 2004, which union officials said it a rare honor bestowed on fewer than 20 people in the organization’s 157-year history.

After joing BLET as a grand chief engineer in 1958, Ross provided legal counsel to 15 BLET presidents.

He is survived by three children. His son, Greg Ross, is the BLET National Division’s director of communications, director of legal affairs and assistant to the office administrator.

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