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July 28, 2015
 JED DODD
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US War Spending Since 9/11
How taxpayer dollars were spent on Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war-related activities
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
Turnover at Top Hits Amtrak at Critical Time
July 12, 2015 - As it recovers from its worst accident on the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak faces frequent management turnover and structural change, in addition to chronic financial and political challenges. Former Amtrak executives say the turmoil at the top in recent years has disrupted railroad management and distracted employees from their daily duties. Read More...
Memorial for Oil Train Victims
With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. Read More...
National Bargaining update
The BMWED/SMART-Mechanical bargaining coalition met with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee on June 29, 2015 in Arlington, VA to continue national handling of the coalitions’ wage, benefits and rules notices. The meeting included a presentation by the joint Working Group of Coalition and NCCC healthcare experts and a discussion followed. Read More...
Overtime Fraud on Amtrak
June 23, 2015 - WASHINGTON (WJLA) - An audit of timesheets submitted by Amtrak workers turned up potential abuse and fraud according to the Office of Inspector General for the agency. The report shows stunning claims by some who work the rails. Read More...
Scot Walker and the Fate of the Nation
June 12, 2015 - It's only a question of who makes the money - the workers or the owners? People think that unions are useless today, that we’re dinosaurs. Well, how did that happen? We let it happen. The labor movement has become lazy, because it’s something that’s been handed to us. Unions are not separate from the community. We build the community. Yet we’re seen as the enemy, the reason people are broke. We have to stop this union-­versus-­nonunion mentality. It’s an idea that they’re trying to kill — it’s not the union itself. This is the strategy they’re using to do it. They’re splitting everything up. They’re going after them first, then it’s going to be somebody else. Then they’re going to get to us too. Read More...

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