Assistant General President/Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division
Brother Carl Lakin began his railroad career in May 1979 on the Southern Railway in Knoxville, TN. He joined and became an active member of Lodge 6047 in September 1979.
Brother Lakin worked at the Coster Shop heavy repair facility from 1979 until its closure in 1995. In 1995, he transferred to work at John Sevier train yard and worked there until 2012 when he began to work full-time for the Organization.
During his career, Lakin remained an active member of Lodge 6047. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and Recording Secretary. In 2000 he was elected to the position of Local Chairman and maintained that position until 2018. During that time he was also elected to the position of Vice General Chairman of Joint Protective Board 200.
On May 16, 2012, Brother Lakin was appointed to the position of Assistant National Representative of Unit 200. He remained in that position until June 5, 2015, when he was appointed to the position of National Representative of Unit 200.
Brother Lakin was elected to the position of General Vice President effective September 1, 2018. In his current position, he handles negotiations with several freight carriers. He is also the Labor Member for the BRC at the National Railroad Adjustment Board Second Division and handles Public Law Board arbitration for several properties.
At the 2022 Carmen Convention, Brother Lakin was elected as Carmen Division Assistant General President.