Following his indictment on federal corruption charges, Edward W. Rodzwicz resigned Nov. 13 as National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. His replacement is First Vice President Paul T. Sorrow, who becomes the union’s 22nd chief executive.
Sorrow was elevated to National President from the BLET’s second highest office, to which he was elected on April 8, 2008. Prior to becoming First Vice President, Sorrow served for nearly 17 years as a Vice President, including a stint as Chief of Staff at the BLET National Division headquarters for several years during the mid-1990s. Before being elected to national office, Sorrow served for six years as Chairman of the CSX Transportation Eastern Lines General Committee of Adjustment.
Sorrow’s railroad career began in 1965 with the Seaboard Air Line as a fireman. He was promoted to locomotive engineer in 1966. Sorrow joined the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1972, and served as local chairman of his Abbeville, S.C., local division from 1979-83. In 1983, he was elected to the office of Vice General Chairman for the Eastern Lines GCA.