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September 21, 2014
 JED DODD
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Members Strongly Rejected Proposed Contract Allowing One-Man Crews
Positive Train Control can not be a Substitute for Workers
Amtrak Arbitration decision rendered
Wages, benefits, and work rule disputes resolved
NS Employee Runs For Congress
Thomas Tarantella seeks 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
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
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...
Amtrak's Boardman - Divorced from Reality
General Chairman Jed Dodd's response to Amtrak"s recent Special Employee Advisory wherein President Joe Boardman asserts "… [Amtrak] cannot sustain this level of payroll or overtime going forward." The advisory continues, bemoaning the fact that Amtrak lost commuter contracts throughout the nation while Boardman attempts to tie those losses to the worker's wages and overtime. Mr. Boardman is delusional if he believes Amtrak's remedy can be found in the pockets of the workers. Read More...
NS Worker Runs For Congress
BMWED employee Thomas Tarantella is working on the Norfolk Southern and seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  BrotherTarantella was born and raised in the small town of Renovo, Pennsylvania. He has been married 31 years to his wife, Ann Tarantella. Read More...

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