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February 26, 2015
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James R. Hoffa 2015 Memorial Scholarship
Please note that the JRH Memorial Scholarship Fund application packets must be received (postmarked) by March 31, 2015. Applications not postmarked by that date will not be processed by IBT. Therefore, time is of the essence. Read More...
FAMES: Fatality Analysis Report
Janaury 2, 2014 - Since the implementation of the Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997, there have been too many RWP accidents in which Roadway Workers were killed or injured. To date, FAMES has analyzed 41 Roadway Worker fatalities; 7 involved strikes by Roadway Maintenance Machines (RMMs), which includes hi-rail vehicles. Read More...
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...

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