Advanced DSLE and Labor Relations Training

ASLRRA has partnered with the Iowa Northern Railway to develop this comprehensive Advanced Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineer (DSLE) and Labor Relations Training Seminar. This three-day seminar is intended to provide railroad managers with training on a complex regulation that they address daily.

Day one will focus on labor relations and human resources topics. Specifically, this portion of the seminar will help managers gain a basic understanding of the Railway Labor Act. This section will outline the essential components of the discipline process and will provide managers with valuable knowledge on how to conduct an effective formal hearing.

Day two will focus on locomotive event recorder operation and data analysis. This section will provide supervisors with a working knowledge of the event recorder on-board and playback components. It will allow managers to increase their skills and competencies in conducting event recorder analysis as well as development of formal data custody and retention programs.

Day three of the seminar will focus on Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineer (DSLE) responsibilities and the application and administration of 49 CFR Part 240. For many railroads, the DSLE also manages the Conductor Certification program under 49 CFR Part 242. In many aspects, Part 240 and Part 242 mirror each other. Similarities and differences will be addressed in this section.

Presented by:
JR Gelnar, Vice President of Safety & Compliance, ASLRRA
Mark Vaughn, Assistant General Manager, Iowa Northern Railway
Larry Hicks, President, Mid-America Rail Consultants
Wabtec Railway Electronics

$395 for ASLRRA Members; $795 for Non-Members
Space is limited to 50 participants and registration includes three days of training, an online assessment, a Certificate of Completion, as well as daily lunch & refreshment breaks. 

Hotel and Shuttle:
A block of rooms has been set aside at the recently built Holiday Inn & Suites at 7400 Hudson Road in Cedar Falls, IA. The hotel will provide shuttle service* to and from Waterloo Airport. Please use this link to book a room at the negotiated rate of $105/night, which includes daily hot breakfast.     

*Attendees must arrange free shuttle services in advance by emailing Sandy Thomas at and providing airline and flight arrival/departure details.

Training will take place Tuesday – Thursday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) at the Holiday Inn & Suites - Bien VenU Event Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We recommend travel on Monday and Friday. An evening flight on Thursday could also work.


Cedar Falls, IA is served by the Waterloo Regional airport (ALO) and is within an hour’s drive of the Eastern Iowa airport in Cedar Rapids (CID).  

Cancellation Policy: 
Cancellations and refund requests will be granted if received on or before September 7. Please contact Danialle Richards by phone (202) 585-3443 or email at prior to September 7. No refunds will be made after this date; however, substitutions may be made.

9/28/2021 8:00 AM - 9/30/2021 5:00 PM

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