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December 18, 2014
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Members Strongly Rejected Proposed Contract Allowing One-Man Crews
Positive Train Control can not be a Substitute for Workers
Wealth Inequality in America
Wealth gap has turned america into a seething pit of class resentment
We Will Have Our Oil
and you will be quiet
The 99% Begins to Wake
Don't piss on us and tell us it's raining
Pull Your Head Out of the Sand
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen
What's New at BMWED-IBT
BMWED Membership Survey
“Section 6” notices seeking changes in the 2012 National Agreement can be served on the Carriers anytime on or after Nov. 1, 2014. So that we may gather rank and file input on the important bargaining issues of our members for the upcoming negotiations, the BMWED has mailed out surveys. Read More...
Contractor's Crane Upsets on Amtrak's Race Track Project
October 11, 2014 - Just 10 days after our union warned Amtrak's Chief Engineer one of the contractor’s crane topples. "We believe that the project is being mismanaged and the contractor is not being held accountable...furthermore we believe that the contractor does not work safely." Read More...
BNSF attempt to gain 1-man train crew fails
UPDATE: September 11, 2014 - Members strongly rejected the proposed BNSF contract allowing one-person crews. The agreement, which would have applied to roughly 3,000 BNSF workers across several western states, would have provided improved pay and benefits plus full-blanket furlough protection to all affected ground service workers in exchange for an amended crew consist agreement to be phased in over two years, beginning Jan. 1, 2015. It would also have permitted trains now requiring a brakeman or helper to be operated with a minimum of one on-board conductor or one yard foreman. Read More...
BMWED Scholarship notice
BMWED President Simpson writes "… pursuant to BMWED Resolution # 38, reaffirmed by the 2014 Convention, two annual scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each will be awarded in November 2014 to BMWED members or eligible dependents, with preference given to applicants enrolled or scheduled to enroll in an accredited college or university in the pursuit of labor-related studies." Read More...
Norfolk Southern Tie Plate Truck Agreement
We have recently negotiated an agreement with Norfolk Southern which will return the work of distributing tie plates in conjunction with dual rail, single-side rail, curve rail, or gauging projects throughout the NW-Wabash system to the BMWED. Read More...

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