Bargaining Updates





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The BMWED and SMART-MD bargaining coalition held a mediation session with the National Carriers Conference Committee on Friday, September 10, 2021.

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The following attachments are informational documents regarding the current status of National Negotiations for the BMWED and SMART-MD Coalition and a Railway Labor Act bargaining process flow chart.

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The BMWED and SMART-MD bargaining coalition has filed for mediation following the latest National Negotiation meeting with the National Carriers Conference Committee.

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The BMWED/SMART-MD National Bargaining Coalition’s healthcare consultant, Cheiron, provided the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) a presentation at the latest negotiation meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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The BMWED/SMART-MD National Bargaining Coalition received a work rules presentation from the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) and presented an economic analysis of freight rail industry to railroad officials Oct. 27 via teleconference.

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The BMWED/SMART-MD Coalition received bargaining position presentations via web conference from the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) on September 30, 2020; the Coalition also provided a general reaction to the NCCC proposals and repeated the Coalition positions on pay, benefits and work rules.

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The National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) gave a presentation about its bargaining proposals to the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) and SMART-Mechanical Department (SMART-MD) Coalition on April 15, 2020.

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The COVID-19 pandemic in many ways is uncharted territory, however the BMWED has been in frequent contact with both the carriers and the Railroad Retirement Board to protect Brotherhood members. The RRB has informed our Union that any member who tests positive for COVID-19 and ultimately meets the eligibility requirements for sickness and/or disability benefits will qualify for RRB short-term disability.


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