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Teamsters from Across North America met at the 2018 Unity conference to discuss building the union, political challenges and national organizing campaigns. “Every election year they say, 'this is the most important election in our lifetime,” said General President James P. Hoffa.

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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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BMWED Vice President Roger Sanchez and Director of Organizing Tim McCall visited service men and women at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. And Popular Springs VA in Petersburg, Va. as part of the iPods for Wounded Veterans program, a charity founded and overseen by retired Teamster and Vietnam veteran Paul Cardello in October 2010. The organization provides free electronics and other goods to veterans in hospitals who are recovering from injuries they received in combat.

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Members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) met at Teamster headquarters this week. This was one of several meetings that have been held over the years for the Fatality Analysis of Maintenance of Way Employes and Signalmen (FAMES) committee. As with past meetings the committee members discussed railroad fatalities and recommendations for preventing them.

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The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 rail workers employed as locomotive engineers, trainmen and maintenance of way workers across the United States as members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division.

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April-May-June, 2018 - Volume 127 - Number 2 - BMWED Journal: CANDIDATE ANNOUCEMENTS FOR NATIONAL DIVISION OFFICE (Convention); Amtrak MOW Employes Ratify New Contract; VP Speaks – Lets Work Together to Help End Pain Pill Addiction; 2018 BMWED Scholarship Winners and Excerpts; Presidents Perspective – We Must All Stand Committed to Workplace Safety; and More!

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Amtrak members of the BMWED-IBT have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the railroad that raises wages by a compounded 18.8 percent over the life of the contract, resolves health insurance benefits, and protects work rules.

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On April 28, Workers and their unions throughout the world will pause to remember the thousands of workers killed and injured in the workplace over the past year. I ask each of you to take time this Workers’ Memorial Day to remember and honor our fallen Brothers and Sisters...


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