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The BMWED has insisted the nation’s freight railroads to immediately institute testing and tracing of the COVID-19 virus amongst all employees, complete with daily temperature testing and other stringent safeguards. The current system of self-reporting and general dismissiveness of the severity of the health crisis we all face is negligent and must come to an end.

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If you do not respond, or if documentation provided is not sufficient, coverage for your spouse as identified in Plan records will be terminated as soon as administratively practicable following the end of the audit period. The audit is for BMWED members covered under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan.

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Metra has denied repeated requests by the Union to begin general testing and tracing of employees to contain the Covid-19 virus. This refusal puts the railroad employees and passengers who ride Metra at greater risk.

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Amtrak has denied repeated requests by the Union to begin general testing and tracing of the employees to contain the Covid-19 virus. This refusal puts the employees who work on the railroad and the passengers who use the railroad at greater risk to contract the virus.

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There has been a rash of positive COVID-19 cases this week on five separate Class 1 railroads. In total, 109 BMWED members have been affected by a COVID-19 exposure this week alone. Of those, 15 are positive with the virus, the remaining 94 are on required self-contained quarantine, many on traveling production gangs far from home. The expectation of doctors are that several of the 94 in quarantine will test positive in the coming days.

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Community Legal Services is hoping to hear from Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries, who do not file taxes, and who did not receive the $500 stimulus benefit for their children.

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The BMWED-IBT union supports Black Americans in their continued struggle for justice and an end to the disgrace of systemic racism that has plagued our country for far too long.

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Today the 11 previously non-union workers at the Illinois Railway, LLC division of OmniTRAX were officially recognized as members of the Burlington System Division of the BMWED-IBT.


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