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July 06, 2015
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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
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...
MOW Jobs are High-Risk Jobs
June 1, 2015 - BMWED detailed comments requesting that the Internal Revenue Service classify railroad maintenance of way workers as "construction industry workers" for purposes of the application of the "Cadillac Tax" in the Affordable Care Act. Read More...
Failed Governance
May 13, 2015 - Lessons from previous train crashes led to the development of the "positive train control" safety feature, which could have prevented the Amtrak Train 188 crash were it not for indolent governance of the U.S. rail system. Sometimes, congressional Republicans have an odd sense of timing. Just hours after the deadly derailment of Amtrak 188, GOP lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee took up transportation spending measures, voting to slash Amtrak’s budget, while also rejecting Democratic proposals to bolster infrastructure and train safety. Read More...

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