Bargaining Updates





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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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The BMWED/SMART-MD Coalition is scheduled to conduct negotiations with the NCCC on March 18th and 19th; April 15th and 16th; and May 19th and 20th. Further dates will be scheduled between the parties as bargaining proceeds. The NCCC also advised that it was scheduled to convene with the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition in late February.

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The BMWED has filed suits in federal courts against several Class 1 railroads in an attempt to bargain contracts specific to each individual railroad and its Maintenance of Way employees. In the recent past, the union and railroads have negotiated under the Railway Labor Act at the “big table” known as National Bargaining. In this upcoming round, the BMWED is asking the courts to enforce our right to bargain our work rules with the individual railroads through representatives of our choosing,


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