Bargaining Updates





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BMWED President Fred Simpson and SMART-Mechanical General Chairman Joe Fraley discuss the unfavorable decision from National Bargaining arbitration.

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Copy of the Arbitrated Agreement, effective May 23, 2018

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A final and binding decision regarding the design of health insurance benefits applicable to BMWED/SMART-Mechanical Department represented railroad workers has been rendered by a majority of Arbitration Board No. 602.

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Binding arbitration between the BMWED-IBT and SMART-Mechanical bargaining coalition and the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC) have concluded. Yesterday and today, our bargaining committee, led by President Simpson and lead negotiators Brothers Don Griffin and Peter Kennedy, made our case in front of neutral arbitrator Gil Vernon.

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Binding arbitration dates between the BMWED-IBT and SMART-Mechanical bargaining coalition and the National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC) have been set for Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8 near the Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Gil Vernon has been selected as the neutral arbitrator in the case. Mr. Vernon has been a full-time labor-management arbitrator since 1979.

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This evening at the Novi, Mich. headquarters, BMWED President Fred Simpson, SMART-Mechanical Officers Charles and Joe Fraley, and BMWED negotiators Don Griffin and Peter Kennedy, filmed a video update regarding the upcoming binding arbitration around National Bargaining. In it, they addressed frequently asked questions sent to bargaining@bmwe.org.

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What is Binding Arbitration?

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On February 27, 2018, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-IBT and SMART-Mechanical reached agreement with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee to achieve a final and binding agreement in the current round of freight rail bargaining...


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