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Montreal, November 16, 2019 – Given a lack of progress at the bargaining table, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) last night served notice of intent to strike to Canadian National Railway (CN). The union hopes to reach a negotiated settlement that its members can ratify, and to move forward without a service disruption. In the event that parties are unable to reach a negotiated settlement, over 3,000 conductors, trainpersons and yard workers will exercise their legal right to strike.

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The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters today joins several other labor unions nationwide in endorsing U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna’s (CA-17) “State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2019.”

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Those who had the pleasure of working and becoming friends with Brother Diaz know that he was a kind, quiet and humble man who always greeted his union brothers or sisters with a smile. Brother Juan will be greatly missed.

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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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On November 1, 2019, the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC) served notice to initiate bargaining with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED-IBT) and the Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation – Mechanical Department (SMART-MD) pursuant to Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act...

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Most railroad retirement annuities, like social security benefits, will increase in January 2020 due to a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of 2018 to the corresponding period of the current year.

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Contract Negotiations with the Class 1 Freight Carriers begin in January 2020. Starting in January 2019, the BMWED initiated a membership survey through the Internal Organizers, the Front Line Communicators, and System and Local Officers. After nine months of energetic member engagement, the Survey process has come to an end. We are excited to report there have been over 7,800 surveys completed from every corner of the country with the following results:

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A federal appeals court has ruled against the BMWED in our attempt to require BNSF to perform full visual human-conducted track inspections at the bare minimum requirement of FRA standards. Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied our petition against the FRA, allowing for BNSF to curtail physical track inspection to twice monthly in order to test new unmanned inspection technology.


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