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Jan 09, 2009

February 25, 2021 - CSX COVID Mask Requirment Alert. The Railroad insists that ALL railroad personnel, including contractors, probationary employees, and any volunteers, engaged in railroad operations on CSX property, must wear a properly fitting face covering (cloth or paper mask) in compliance with Safeway Rule 2009.24. The following exceptions apply to this rule: Read More...


September 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Emergency on CSX, so bad that our BMWED President has to write a letter to the railroad extending an offer to discuss this emergency and include an example of the worst scenario.


September 1, 2020 - CSX plays hide the bean, or rather hide the information concerning reportable injuries. Federal regulation (49 CFR §225.25(h)), requires, in part, that monthly listings of employee reportable injuries, occupational illnesses, and fatalities be “posted in a conspicuous location” at each on-duty point where a railroad reasonably expects its employees to report during a 12-month period, and that employees “have the opportunity to observe the posted list.”  CSX requests that in lieu of a paper copy of the listing, to make the required information available via a web portal that allows employees access to information from computer terminals and employees’ personal electronic devices. CSX states that any employee who prefers a paper listing would have the option to request a hard copy of the listing from his or her supervisor. Labor has provided comments responding to CSX's petitioning the FRA for a "waiver", wherein CSX can effectively hide it's safety failures from the world.

April 5, 2020 - CSX response to face masks and sanitizing equipment cabs. 

Health officials have issued new guidance on the use of face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID - 19 coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people wear simple cloth face coverings in public places where it is difficult to maintain a safe six - foot distance from others. 

The CDC notes that the recommended face coverings are not N-95 respirators or surgical masks, which are reserved for health care workers and first responders. In addition, the recommendation to wear a face covering is not mandatory; the CDC stresses that face coverings are an added preventive measure and that individuals who voluntarily use them should continue to take all other CDC recommended precautions, including social distancing and frequent hand washing.

April 3, 2020 - CSX provided coronavirus update.

March 19, 2020BMWED President Freddie N. Simpson sent official letters today to the country’s largest railroads urging them to protect the safety of their employees during the current global and national pandemic.

Public servants, hospitals, grocery stores and other vital industries and programs need to meet their supply chain demands. We understand and greatly appreciate those efforts. BMWED members, as well as all crafts of Rail Labor, understand their critical roles during this unprecedented emergency.

That said, the BMWED remains committed to the health and safety of our members. We have communicated those to the carrier CEOs and we trust their commitment to their employees – as well as their employees’ families – will be just and fair.

This link contains the letters President Simpson sent to CSX.

March 12, 2018 - BMWED cancellation of the SPG Alternate Work Week Agreement. You can’t make an agreement with CSX when they won’t live up to their end of the bargain. View cancellation letter here.

December 18, 2017 - Travel Allowance adjustment and increase for 2018.

July 20, 2017 - CSX Changes the address for their Labor Relations department.

April 19, 2017- CSXT expands the number of System Production Teams for 2017.

January 4, 2017 - CSXT updated list of designated officers for 1st level claims and grievances.

July 29, 2016CSXT Discriminates against heavy workers. The purpose of this letter is to convey our collective demand that the Carrier immediately hold in abeyance its new “Weight Limitations Policy”, as conveyed to all Department employees through an email, sent on your behalf, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The natural consequence of that policy, as written and conveyed to the BMWED-represented employees of CSXT, would be to result in unilateral changes to agreements, in violation of the provisions of the Railway Labor Act. Read more…

March 24, 2016 - The BMWED received a letter from Director Labor Relations Rob Miller advising that CSX is cancelling the Safety Agreement and abolishing all the Safety Coordinator positions. Read the BMWED's response.

July 17, 2015 - CSXT designated officers for 1st level claims and grievances.

November 5, 2014 - Changes to the 2014 tentative System Production schedule with respect to the Rl System Rail Team and the T4 System Tie Team.

October 13, 2014 - The ballots have been counted for the ratification election to decide whether to accept or reject CSXT’s performance bonus agreement.  4,700 ballots were mailed to eligible members, and 1,867 were returned for a 40% return rate. Over 87% of the returned ballots voted to reject the agreement.

A copy of the certified results from the vote count may be viewed by following this link.

August 8, 2014 - This is notice that, Rob Miller, Director Labor Relations, is designated as the Carrier's Highest Designated Officer (HDO) for the purpose of making and maintaining all BMWED agreements and receiving and resolving all claims, grievance and discipline appeals and representing CSXT in all conferences and negotiations related to these matters. Read CSXT letter.

August 16, 2012 - From N. Nihoul - In accordance with the provisions of the June 1, 1999 Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable provisions of the Railway Labor Act, please be advised that effective immediately, the Designated Officers with which you are to handle all matters at the initial claim level coming under the jurisdiction of your labor agreement will be as stipulated as follows: See attachment.

July 1, 2012 - Revised CSX pay rates have been posted on our Pay Rates page.

June 20, 2012 - The BMWED and CSX have reached agreement regarding the use of a Holland Welder on the Great Lakes Division. Read agreement on our CSX Agreement page.

December 20 2011 - In accordance with the requirements of Section 11, of Appendix S, as amended August 22, 2005, the travel allowance applied to employees assigned to System Production Gangs is to be recalculated annually. TRAVEL TIME SPG GANGS be increased from the current rate of $177.63 to the new rate of $193.30 effective January 1, 2012. TRAVEL TIME FLOATING GANGS for District Gangs and SLWT Gangs has also been adjusted effective Jan. 1. 2012. Read More...

March 8, 2011 - "Recent negotiations between the BMWED and CSXT have yielded a proposed agreement between the parties which includes three separate proposal that I believe will improve certain conditions and work opportunities for our members employed on CSXT System Production Teams." Read More of President Simpson's letter (2.6Mb) to BMWED/CSXT employees. Also view:

February 5, 2010 The rails have all reported their fourth quarter 2009 earnings and are summarized.  Generally speaking the results were not very impressive – analyst consensus estimates were either slightly missed or just reached and there were no meaningful beaten expectations. View CSX summary.

December 18, 2009 Letter from CSX Labor Relations regarding Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) applied to the per diem allowance. The CSX Agreement provides an increase of almost $1.00 to the per diem effective January 1, 2010.

September 1, 2009 Two New Agreements take effect, one dealing with contracting out the removal and installation of environmental track mats and the establishment of Track Mat gangs. The other concerns B&B, and contracting out regarding new building construction, demolition, bridge construction, culverts, scales, turntables, tunnels, and much more.

March 2, 2009 Employee Service Hotline Mr. Noel Nihoul, CSX Director Labor Relations wrote the BMWED advising furloughed CSX members who have benefit and employment status questions should call the Employee Service Hotline. CSX staff will be available to answer questions from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. The phone number is 1-866-742-1939. View Nihoul's letter in a printable version.

June 3, 2009 Supreme Court Denies $5 Million Dollar Payout to CSX Asbestos Victim

January 28, 2008  FRA Drops Hammer on CSX CSX Transportation has received the lecture and warning it invited -- from the Federal Railroad Administration, which told CSXT CEO Michael Ward to clean up the carrier's bad acting with regard to intimidation and harassment of injured employees, and to do it pronto or face serious consequences. Read more...

December 18, 2009 - Travel Allowance Increases. Effective January 1, 2009, CSX business mileage rates increase from $.50.5 cents to $.55 cents per mile. Also increased are the SPG Travel Allowances. View CSX Labor Relations Director N.V. Nihoul's letter here.

A Brief History of CSX 

A Class 1 railroad, CSX Transportation is owned by the CSX Corporation. Formed on July 1, 1986 as a renaming of the Seaboard System Railroad and Chessie System, Inc. into one entity.

The originator of the Seaboard System was the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, which previously merged Seaboard Air Line Railroad, and later Louisville and Nashville Railroad, as well as several smaller subsidiaries.

On August 31, 1987 the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, which had absorbed the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on April 30 of that year, merged into CSX. The merger had been started in 1980 with the merger of Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line Industries to form the CSX Corporation.

On June 23, 1997, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern filed a joint application with the Surface Transportation Board for authority to purchase, divide and operate the assets of the 11,000-mile Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), which had been created in 1976 by bringing together several ailing Northeastern railway systems into a government-owned corporation.

On June 6, 1998, the STB approved the CSX-Norfolk Southern application and set August 22, 1998, as the effective date of its decision. CSX acquired 42% of Conrail's assets (Norfolk Southern received the remaining 58%). As a result of the transaction, CSX's rail operations, through its new subsidiary New York Central Lines, grew to include some 3,800 miles of the Conrail system (predominantly the former New York Central Railroad). CSX began operating its trains on its portion of the Conrail network on June 1, 1999.

John Snow

In 1985, CSX installed Snow as President and CEO of their B&O Railroad and he oversaw its merger with their C&O Railway in 1986. This created a new entity, CSX Transportation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1988, Snow left CSX Transportation (the railroad) to become President and Chief Operating Officer of CSX Corporation (the holding company). As of April 1989, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX. From 1991, he also served as CSX's Chairman. He continued to hold all three posts until he was named Secretary of the Treasury in 2003. Part of CSX, CSX Lines was sold to The Carlyle Group, early in 2003. After he left the company for the White House, CSX sold its international port operations to the UAE company, Dubai Transport.

Snow was nominated as Secretary of the Treasury by President George W. Bush on January 13, 2003 and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.

In May 2004, it was revealed that Snow's brokers had bought $10 million of debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac without his knowledge in February 2003. When Snow found out, he divested the debt holdings. A Treasury ethics lawyer has found that the holdings did not represent a conflict of interest but had the potential to do so in the future.

On May 26, 2006 Snow announced that he would resign effective July 3, 2006. He said the White House would make an official statement the following week. On May 30, it was formally announced that Snow would leave this position. On this same day, it was announced that President George W. Bush had nominated Henry Paulson, CEO of Goldman Sachs, to replace Snow.

 "An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"


Next to a scab, a snitch or an informer is one of the lowest forms of humanity. All we have is our ability to stick together. Statements given to railroad management and their agents will only be used against you. Management is not interested in the truth and is only interested in protecting their money at our expense. Be careful what you say and never volunteer any information.

Remember, nobody likes a snitch. No one can say you saw something that you did not see. This includes but is not limited to injuries, investigations and accidents of all kinds.

Jun 16, 2010

CSX - BMWED Agreement

May 24, 2018 - Tractor Trailer Operator positions will be bid out as Zone Tractor Trailer Vehicle Operators. The zones are Albany, Baltimore, and Florence and Great Lakes, Louisville, and Florence. Tractor Trailer Operator positions will be given Zone Expenses as per the Agreement for establishing Zone Gangs and System Production Gangs. View Agreement here...
April 18, 2018 - Bridge and Building Heavy Crane Agreement - establishing System B & B Heavy Crane Gangs. B&B Crane Gangs advertised under this Crane Gang agreement will consist of 2 or 3 employees specifically to set up, operate, and tear down crane related work as it pertains to the rehabilitation of bridge structures. With a few exceptions, employees assigned to these heavy crane gangs will fall under the terms and conditions of the SPG Agreement. View Heavy Crane Agreement
April 18, 2018 - Rule 25 Appeal Agreement - The BMWED and CSX reached agreement expediting the appeal process following a discipline hearing. This agreement will establish a Public Law Board, the purpose of which is to provide timely decisions resolving disciplinary cases. This new agreement will cut down the wait time for appeals to be heard at an Arbitration board. If an employee elects to use the governance of this new rule it must be done with the attention of his or her Duly Authorized Representative. View Agreement
April 18, 2018 - Susquehanna River Bridge - BMWED and CSX have reached agreement regarding B&B Gangs assigned to the Baltimore Service Lane. Gangs 6D72, 6DP1, 6D66, and 6D69 will be assigned to 4/10’s with Thur., Fri., and Sat. as rest days. This change will begin on April 22, 2018, and proceed for at least the next 16 weeks. Any currently assigned employee or those bidding into the effected gangs will receive a $1.00 per hour (premium pay) for every hour worked. View agreement here...
February 9, 2018 - B&B Firewatch agreement. Our research and discussions with CSX discovered that many districts assigned fire watch work differently. This agreement was reached in an attempt to lessen the number of claims and to ensure CSX assigned this work uniformly.
February 8, 2018 - Agreement in connection with the Plate Placer Machine.
August 30, 2017 - The BMWED and CSX reach agreement allowing SPGs to be scheduled to work 9 consecutive days with 5 consecutive rest days. The workdays will consist of eight 9 hour days, and one 8 hour day; the workweeks will begin on a Tuesday and end on the following Wednesday, followed by rest days of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The vast majority of the 5-8’s SPGs will be going to the 9-5 schedule for the rest of year. 
July 25, 2017 - CSX agreement 12-002-17 combining the Western Maryland East and Western Maryland West seniority districts into the Cumberland Seniority district. The dovetailing of existing seniority and certain protective benefits are captured in this agreement.

December 1, 2016 - Two agreements the Union made with CSX, the first eliminating the “Department Bid and Hold” provisions of the 2012 National Agreement effective immediately.  In exchange the Union granted CSX the right to perform asphalting of road crossings with contractors if the Railroad chooses.  Importantly, this agreement preserves all other road crossing work to BMWED members. The second agreement permits CSX to operate 9 Service Lane Work Territories without payment of the production gang bonus and SPG weekend travel allowance specified in the 1999 Strongsville Agreement. This agreement is limited in that CSX can operate these 9 Service Lane Work Territories only in the limits specified in Appendix A. If CSX deviates from that agreement, the penalties of the Strongsville Agreement will apply unless CSX operates at least 11 Service Lane Work Territories. The Union believed this agreement was necessary to preserve work opportunity for all BMWED members otherwise some of the current Service Lane Work Territories would have had little or no work scheduled for 2017.

Service Lane Work Territories map

May 3, 2013 - Understanding reached between the BMWED and CSX in connection with the establishment of a night gang Foreman Flagman position on the Great Lakes Division.

April 11, 2013 - Agreed to Questions and Answers Concerning the Interpretation and Application of agreement signed February 29, 2012. View Q&A here
 October 25, 2012 - Bid and Hold - Effective July 1, 2012, employees who successfully exercise their seniority to a position advertised and awarded pursuant to Rule 3 or appendix 'S' of the June 1, 1999 Agreement (as amended) to a department other than the department to which currently assigned will be required to remain in the department to which currently assigned as a result of the award for not less than 12 months from the date the employee assumes the duties of his new assignment. View 6018-12 CSXT here
June 20, 2012 - GL-05-2012-002119 - Holland Welder-Great Lakes Division. Agreement regarding the temporary use of a Holland Welder with 5K61 (Chicago/Great Lakes Zone Welding Team) on the Great Lakes Division. View agreement. (72kb)
September 30, 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (CSXT labor agreement #2-035-11) addresses track material handling, fencing, Sperry Car operations, track panel construction, the hauling, dumping, cleaning, and removal of ballast, including undercutting and ditching, and finally specific provisions governing cleaning yards, including “Clean Sweeps” and cleaning of or removal of hazardous materials.

March 8, 2011 - "Recent negotiations between the BMWED and CSXT have yielded a proposed agreement between the parties which includes three separate proposal that I believe will improve certain conditions and work opportunities for our members employed on CSXT System Production Teams." Read More of President Simpson's letter (2.6Mb) to BMWED/CSXT employees. Also view:

March 1, 2011 Direct Hiring B&B and Welding, Memorandum of Agreement CSX-12-010-11
March 1, 2011 Direct Hiring SPG, Memorandum of Agreement, CSX-12-011-11
October 15, 2010 Night Gang Agreement, establishing positions, start times, work week and premium pay at Collinwood, Ashtabula, and Willard, Ohio and at Avon, Indiana.
May 21, 2010 Vac Truck Agreement
September 1, 2009 B&B Agreement - 12-006-09 - Whereas, the parties have had ongoing disputes over the interpretation and application of the Scope Rule of the June 1, 1999 Agreement as it relates to the contracting out of Bridge and Building Department work; and...
December 9, 2009 Agreed to Questions and Answers Concerning the Interpretation and Application of the September 9, 2009 B&B Agreement
August 10, 2009 Track Material Agreement
December 8, 2005 Nashville Rail Welding Plant Agreement
January 16, 2006 RWP / MW Repairman Agreement


Board awards have generally treated absenteeism as a serious offense. In fact, Third Division Award 3-20987 held that "Habitual tardiness may very well result in a justified termination of employement". The BMWED/CSX agreement Rule 26 can be viewed here.


Jury duty is service as a juror in a legal proceeding. When a person is called for jury duty in the United States, that service is usually not optional: one must attend or face strict penalties. Employers are not allowed to fire an employee simply for being called to jury duty. When attended, potential jurors may be asked to serve as a juror in a trial, or they may be dismissed. The BMWED/CSX agreement Rule 31 can be viewed here.


This negotiated benefit helps ease the pain when the tragedy of death strikes. Bereavement leave is paid leave that an employee is entitled to because of the death of a family member as defined by the terms of the BMWED collective bargaining agreement.The BMWED/CSX agreement Rule 32 can be viewed here.


(a) An employee unable to report for work for any reason must notify his supervisor as soon as possible.

(b) Except for sickness or disability, or under circumstances beyond his control, an employee who is absent in excess of fourteen (14) consecutive days without notifying his supervisor or proper carrier official will forfeit all seniority under this Agreement. The employee will be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested, with copy to the General Chairman advising them of such forfeiture of seniority. The employee or his representative may appeal from such action to the carrier's Highest Designated Labor Relations Officer within thirty (30) days under Rule 25, Section 3.

(c) It is understood this rule shall not apply to an employee involved in a medical dispute with the carrier's physician and the employee's physician, regarding his ability to work in connection with.


When a regularly assigned employee is summoned for jury duty and is required to lose time from his assignment as a result thereof, he shall be paid for actual time lost with a maximum of a basic day's pay at the straight time rate of his position for each day lost less the amount allowed him for jury service for each such day, excepting allowance paid by the court for meals, lodging or transportation, subject to the following qualification requirements and limitations.

(1) An employee must furnish the Company with a statement from the court of jury allowances paid and the days on which jury duty was performed.

(2) The number of days for which jury duty pay shall be paid is limited to a maximum of sixty (60) days in any calendar year.

(3) No jury duty pay will be allowed for any day as to which the employee is entitled to vacation or holiday pay.

(4) When an employee is excused from railroad service account of jury duty the Company shall have the option of determining whether or not the employee's regular position shall be blanked, notwithstanding the provisions of any other rules.

(5) Except as provided in paragraph (6), an employee will not be required to work on his assignment on days on which jury duty:

(a) ends within four (4) hours of the start of his assignment; or

(b) is scheduled to begin during the hours of his assignment or within four (4) hours of the beginning or ending of his assignment.

(6) On any day that an employee is released from jury duty and four (4) or more hours of his work assignment remain, he will immediately inform his supervisor and report for work if advised to do so.


Bereavement leave, not in excess of three (3) calendar days following the date of death will be allowed in case of death of an employee's brother, sister, parent, child, spouse or spouse's parent. In such cases a minimum basic day's pay at the rate of the last service rendered will be allowed for the number of working days lost during bereavement leave. Employees involved will make provisions for taking leave with their supervising officials in the usual manner. (See Appendix 1.)


Q-1: How are the three calendar days to be determined?

A-1: An employee will have the following options in deciding when to take bereavement leave:

a) three consecutive calendar days, commencing with the day of death, when the death occurs prior to the time an employee is scheduled to report for duty; or
b) three consecutive calendar days, ending the day of the funeral service; or
c) three consecutive calendar days, ending the day following the funeral service.

Q-2: Does the three (3) calendar days allowance pertain to each separate instance, or do the three (3) calendar days refer to a total of all instances?

A-2: Three days for each separate death; however, there is no pyramiding where a second death occurs within the three-day period covered by the first death.

Example: Employee has a work week of Monday to Friday - off-days of Saturday and Sunday. His mother dies on Monday and his father dies on Tuesday. At a maximum, the employee would be eligible for bereavement leave on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Q-3: An employee working from an extra board is granted bereavement leave on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Had he not taken bereavement leave he would have been available on the extra board, but would not have performed service on one of the days on which leave was taken. Is he eligible for two days or three days of bereavement pay?

A-3: A maximum of two days.

Q-4: Will a day on which a basic day’s pay is allowed account bereavement leave serve as a qualifying day for holiday pay purposes?

A-4: No; however, the parties are in accord that bereavement leave non-availability should be considered the same as vacation non-availability and that the first work day preceding or following the employee’s bereavement leave, as the case may be, should be considered as the qualifying day for holiday purposes.

Q-5: Would an employee be entitled to bereavement leave in connection with the death of a half-brother or half-sister, stepbrother or stepsister, stepparents or stepchildren?

A-5: Yes as to half-brother or half-sister, no as to stepbrother or stepsister, stepparents or stepchildren. However, the rule is applicable to a family relationship covered by the rule through the legal adoption process.

Download Breavement Rule for printing

"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"


Next to a scab, a snitch or an informer is one of the lowest forms of humanity. All we have is our ability to stick together. Statements given to railroad management and their agents will only be used against you. Management is not interested in the truth and is only interested in protecting their money at our expense. Be careful what you say and never volunteer any information.

Remember, nobody likes a snitch. No one can say you saw something that you did not see. This includes but is not limited to injuries, investigations and accidents of all kinds.

Mar 07, 2011

2021 - Consolidated Seniority rosters for the year 2021 (7.4mb)

The following BMWED/CSX rule governs establishing and exercising seniority, returning to service, seniority districts, and roster or seniority protests


Section 1. Seniority date

(a) Except as provided in Rule 3, Section 5, seniority begins at the time the employee's pay starts. If two (2) or more employees start to work on the same day, their seniority rank on the roster will be in alphabetical order. An employee assigned to a position of higher class than trackman will begin to earn seniority in such higher class and lower class on the same seniority roster in which he has not previously acquired seniority from the date first awarded an advertised position in such higher class. He will retain and accumulate seniority in the lower class from which assigned. An employee entering service in a class above that of trackman will acquire seniority in that class from the date assigned to an advertised position and will establish seniority as of the same date in all lower classes on the same seniority roster. An employee displacing a junior employee who was promoted in his absence in accordance with Rule 5(a) shall acquire the same seniority date as the employee displaced and shall rank immediately above such employee.

(b) If two (2) or more employees acquire seniority in a higher class on the same day, their relative rank in the higher class shall be the same as in the class from which promoted. If promoted from different classes, they will be ranked in accordance with their earliest seniority dates.

(c) No new employee will obtain a roster standing until he has performed 60 days of service. New hires assigned to Service Lane Gangs will be given the choice of which seniority district they wish to establish seniority, provided they advise the Director Employee Relations no later than sixty (60) days after establishing seniority. If such election is not timely made, he will establish seniority in the class on the seniority district nearest to his place of residence.

(d) An employee awarded a position in a Service Lane Gang in which he has no seniority will acquire seniority in that class and lower classes on his home seniority district.

Section 2. Exercise of seniority.

(a) Except as otherwise provided, an employee may exercise seniority to a position for which he is qualified:

1. when his position is abolished;

2. when the senior employee displacing him physically assumes the duties of the
position; 13

3.* when the starting time of his position is changed more than one (1) hour except changes caused by Daylight Saving Time;*

4.* when the rest days of his position are changed;

5. when returning from a supervisory or official position;

6. when returning from leave of absence, sickness, jury duty, disability, special duty, vacation or suspension and his former position has been abolished or filled in the exercise of seniority;

7. when headquarters are changed; or

8. when disqualified.

*Does not apply to forces covered by Articles IX and X of the February 6, 1992 Imposed Agreement.

(b) An employee entitled to exercise seniority must exercise seniority within ten (10) days after the date affected. Failure to exercise seniority to any fixed headquartered position not requiring a change in residence shall result in forfeiture of seniority. If he presents evidence to his supervisor that extenuating circumstances prevented the exercise of seniority, the ten (10) days specified above shall be extended proportionately to the extent of his absence on account of such circumstances. Disputes arising under this paragraph (b) will be handled under Rule 24.

It is also understood vacation time taken will extend displacement time to the extent of his vacation. An employee who is unable to so exercise seniority or who elects not to exercise other seniority, shall be furloughed.

(c) Furloughed employees desiring to protect their seniority will keep their correct address and phone number on file with the Company and the General Chairman. The parties agree that this paragraph (c) will not be construed as the method to recall furloughed employees. The only method is described below in Section 3 of this rule. (Also see National Addendum to Agreement dated September 26, 1996, Section 23).

Section 3. Return to service

An employee not in service will be subject to return to work from furlough in seniority order in any class to a fixed headquartered position in which he holds seniority not requiring a change in residence. If he fails to return to service within ten (10) days from date notified by certified mail to his last recorded address for a position or vacancy of thirty (30) days or more duration, he will forfeit seniority only in the district and class recalled to under this Agreement. Forfeiture of seniority under this paragraph will not apply when an employee furnishes satisfactory evidence to the officer signatory to notification that failure to respond within ten (10) days was due to conditions beyond his control. Copy of recall letter shall be furnished the designated union representative.

Section 4. Appointment to official or supervisory positions & Retention of seniority

(a) Effective October 17, 1986, all employees promoted subsequent thereto to official, supervisory, or excepted positions from crafts or classes represented by BMWE shall be required to pay an appropriate monthly fee, not to exceed monthly union dues, in order to retain and continue to accumulate seniority.

(b) Employees promoted prior to October 17, 1986, to official, supervisory, or excepted positions from crafts or classes represented by BMWE shall retain the current seniority but shall be required to pay an appropriate monthly fee, not to exceed monthly union dues, in order to accumulate additional seniority. A supervisor whose payments are delinquent shall be given a written notice by the appropriate General Chairman of the amount owed and ninety (90) days from the date of such notice to cure the delinquency in order to avoid seniority forfeiture.

(c) An employee now filling or who may hereafter accept a supervisory position with the carrier, including supervisory positions represented by other unions, or official positions with the Company, shall retain and accumulate seniority. An employee returning from a supervisory or official position must displace any junior employee in the seniority district from which promoted within thirty (30) days from the date he leaves such supervisory or official position in accordance with Section 2 of this Rule.

Section 5. Seniority Districts

The seniority rights of employees are confined to their respective seniority districts,
as follows:


Former B & 0

Baltimore East plus former Conrail Harrisburg
Baltimore West
Pittsburgh East
Pittsburgh West

Three Rivers East
Three Rivers West
Monongah East
Monongah West plus piece of C & 0 Hocking Gallipolis to Hobson
and piece of B & 0 Ohio South Belpre to Relief
Akron/Chicago East
Akron/Chicago West plus former Conrail Chicago and Youngstown
Ohio/Newark North
Ohio/Newark South Less Chillicothe to C & 0 Northern
Toledo East Less Rossford to C & 0 Hocking
Toledo West
St. Louis East
St. Louis West
New Rock
Buffalo North and South (no track)

Former B & OCT

Former C & El

Former Conrail

New England
Cleveland (except Rockport Yard to NS)
Southwest (except Marion/Anderson to NS)
New Jersey/Philadelphia

Former C & 0 (Chesapeake)

Newport News/Richmond
Clifton Forge
Northern Plus B & 0 Ohio South lines around Chillicothe
Hocking Plus B & 0 Toledo East lines at Rossford
Plus Conrail Toledo
Plus Toledo Terminal
Former C&O (Pere Marquette)
District 1  Michigan
District 2  Canada

Former Georgia Group (GA, A&WP, WR of A, AJT)

Former L & N

Eastern Kentucky
Cumberland Valley
Knoxville & Atlanta
St. Louis
Birmingham North
Birmingham South
Montgomery & New Orleans
Nashville Terminals
Chattanooga & Atlanta

Former Monon

Former RF & P

Former Seaboard Coast Line

Florence/Savannah less Fernadina to Seale to Jax/Tampa
Jacksonville/Tampa plus Fernadina to Seale from Flo/Sav
Raleigh/Rocky Mount

Former Western Maryland

Western Maryland East
Western Maryland West

(c) Except as modified by Article 12 of the February 6, 1992 Imposed Agreement, the seniority districts hereby established may only be changed by agreement between the Highest Designated Labor Relations Officer and the involved General Chairmen. When the territory of an operating division is subsequently changed, either party may request a meeting to negotiate changes in seniority districts.

Section 6. Seniority Rosters

(a) A roster, revised as of January 1 and to be posted by March 1, showing the employee's seniority date in the appropriate seniority district will be posted within such seniority district at headquarter points where employees are required to work. Copies of all rosters will be furnished the General Chairmen and the involved local representative(s).

(b) Employees shall have ninety (90) days from the date the roster is posted to file a protest, in writing, with the designated officer of the Company, with copy furnished to the General Chairman and local representative. Employees off duty on leave of absence, furlough, sickness, disability, jury duty or suspension at the time the roster is posted, will have not less than ninety (90) days from the date they return to duty to enter protest.

(c) No change on seniority rosters will be made by the Company without conference and agreement with the involved union representative.

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2011 Roadway Mechanics - Consolidated Seniority rosters listing 347 employees of various status

2011 Engineering Department - Consolidated Seniority rosters, (12.6Mb .txt file)

2011 Signal Department - 

2011 Communiations Department - 

Jan 09, 2009

BMWED Rates of Pay on CSX

July 1, 2012 - Resulting from 2012 settlement of the National BMWED agreement, CSX Engineering Department employees pay rates have been adjusted effective July 1, 2010. View rate table online.

Download a copy of the July 1, 2012 CSX Rates of Pay in .pdf format (52kb)

July 1, 2009 - With the implimentation of a 4.5% increase, effective July 1, 2009, the BMWED rates of pay for CSX Engineering Department employees have been adjusted. View rate table.

Download a copy of the July 1, 2009 CSX Rates of Pay

July 1, 2008 - BMWED rates of pay for CSX Engineering Department employees. Download here.





"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"




Jan 09, 2009

Contracting Out Awards

The grievance rules of our collective bargaining agreements provide that claims not settled on the property may be resolved through arbitration. The three arbitration forums provided for in the Railway Labor Act are the National Railroad Adjustment Board, Special Boards of Adjustment, and Public Law Boards.

Following are a sampling of the National Railroad Adjustment Board's 3rd Division decisions as they concern BMWED/CSX claims submitted against contracting out scope protected work.

37953The Carrier violated the Agreement when it assigned outside forces (Banahan Construction) to perform Maintenance of Way work (dig trench, install conduit pipe and related work) from the water clarifier to the river pump house in Selkirk Yard at Selkirk, New York on April 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2003, instead of B&B employes F. Kovits, D. Cook, W. Moak, R Eichstadt, W. Henderson and T. Preston
37954The Carrier violated the Agreement when it assigned outside forces (Lehigh Construction) to perform Maintenance of Way work (construct storage building) at Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York beginning on February 3, 2003 and continuing, instead of B&B employes D. Cook, C. Spike, G. Walsworth, F. Kovits and R. Wolfanger
37955The Carrier violated the Agreement when it assigned outside forces (Vorst Paving) to perform Maintenance of Way work (asphalt paving and repair) at road crossings on tracks in Presque Isle Docks on January 29, 2003
37956The Carrier violated the Agreement when it assigned outside forces (Bankhead Welding) to perform Maintenance of Way work (make field welds and cut rail) on the M&M Subdivision of the Southern Region on March 13, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2003, instead of Welders S. Turgeau, T. Hall, H. Mobley and J. Monson


"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"

Jan 09, 2009

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