April 24, 2014

John Lesniewski

Transportation Division Vice President

John Lesniewski, a member of Chicago Local 1534, was born on November 9, 1953. He attended Purdue University before starting his railroad career in 1972 on Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Chicago.

Having held a number of local offices, Lesniewski was elected Local 1534 chairperson in 1982. He was re-elected by acclamation in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998. He also served as Local 1534 delegate at UTU Conventions in 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003.

In 1995, Lesniewski was elected part-time secretary of CSXT/B&O GO-049. He was elected by acclamation as 1st vice general chairperson in 1999, and later elected by acclamation as general chairperson on the former B&O CSXT property where he still serves.

Lesniewski served on the 2008 and 2011 National Negotiating Committees. His other International appointments include the “Q&A Committee” for the 2008 national rail agreement, the 2008 Entry Rates Arbitration Committee, the Conductor Certification Bargaining Group RSAC Committee and the National Wage & Rule Panel in 2004 and 2009.

He was elected as 2nd alternate vice president-East in 2011 and as a full International vice president at the 11th Quadrennial UTU Convention.

Lesniewski, and his wife of 38 years, Gail, reside in Jacksonville, Fla. They have four children and six grandchildren.