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January - February- March, 2018 - Volume 127 - Number 1: National Bargaining Heads to Binding Arbitration; BMWED Brings Protest Over Safety to Chicago Rail Exec Meeting; Brother Rashad Ray Relishes His Football Team's Success; BMWED Endorses Fielder for PA House Seat; Florida Commuter Rail MOW Workers Join the BMWED; Around the Brotherhood; National Bargaining and Binding Arbitration - Frequently Asked Questions; and More!

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On Nov. 8, the BMWED engaged in nation-wide informational picketing focused on the current round of collective bargaining with the Class 1 freights. Hundreds of railroaders united outside of their workplaces to protest corporate greed and unwarranted changes to our healthcare benefits.

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The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Frisco (AT&SFF) System Federation held its Second Quadrennial Convention in Orlando, Florida on June 6 and 7, 2017. The Convention was conducted with 42 Joint Protective Board Members present with 34 voting delegates.

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Thanks to the efforts of BMWED State Legislative Director Brother Tim Even (BurNor System Fed Lodge 2825 — BNSF Railroad), South Dakota is the latest state (and the eleventh total) to add “on-track equipment” to its laws covering highway railroad crossings equipped with stop signs, signals and crossing gates, and/or crossing flagmen.

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The Allied Federation held its Quadrennial Convention this past October in Tampa, Florida. The Convention began on October 4 with 70 delegates present, representing 104 Allied Federation Lodges. All 16 full-time System Officers were reelected by acclimation, including General Chairman Dennis Albers. One vacant officer position was filled by newly elected Brandon Fuhrhop, who was also voted in unopposed.

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The Burlington System Division held its 21st Quadrennial Convention on July 19-21, 2016 in Tulalip, Washington. BSD Officers and Convention Delegates held elections and conducted business on behalf of their membership, laying plans for the course of the Burlington System for the next four years.

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Thousands of BMWED members nationwide took the first step in a Union-wide campaign to stand up for affordable and quality health insurance. Dubbed the “BMWED National Day of Action,” members across all systems, federations and railroads proudly displayed “Healthcare NOT Wealthcare” stickers during work on Wednesday, June 8.

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Brothers and Sisters on the BMWED Northeastern System Federation conducted a successful strike action March 7, 2016 in response to unaddressed payroll issues on Canadian Pacific’s Delaware & Hudson Railway.


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