National Division Staff

President's Department

Located in Chicago, Illinois, the Arbitration Department is administered by the Assistant to the President. He and his staff review and prepare submissions for each individual claim which is referred to them for proper progression through the required levels of appeal. The duties of the BMWED NRAB Member include attending Third Division hearings, third party hearings, panel discussions, and other meetings called by the Chairman of the Third Division. In addition, this department, when assigned, reviews, prepares and presents submissions for special boards of adjustment, public law boards, or any other body where the BMWED is required to represent the membership.

The Director's primary responsibility is the production of the BMWED's official trade publication, the BMWED JOURNAL, including reporting, writing, editing and layout. Other responsibilities include the production and distribution of news releases and other public relations communications; developing contacts and maintaining relationships with the media; as well as oversight, maintenance and development of the BMWED Web Site.

The Director of Safety is responsible for the gathering and compiling of safety statistics and data to be used when working with committees, negotiations, and preparing for testimony and presentations at hearings, inquisitions and before policy and law making bodies, including the Rail Safety Advisory Committee, FRA, OSHA, NTSB, and Congress. The purpose of the Department is to improve the health and safety conditions of BMWED members through a combination of regulatory oversight, federal rulemaking, and safety and health education and training.


The Director of Education duties include the development and implementation of educational programs designed to meet the needs of the BMWED from the local lodges to the National Division level. The purpose of this department is to assist our officers and membership by improving their ability to interact: within the union; between union and management; between the union and the public and between the union and local, state and federal government agencies.

The General Counsel is the BMWED's legal advisor. Working closely with all the officers of the BMWED it is the duty of the General Counsel to ensure that the BMWED meets the requirements of the law and administrative requirements of the government including the Department of Labor and IRS.

The Director of Government Affairs, working closely with the Director of Strategic Coordination and Research, is responsible for lobbying activities related to federal legislation affecting our members and relations with various federal agencies in connection with matters of interest to the BMWED. This person also directs the State Legislative Directors' activities and is responsible for the administration of the BMWED's Legislative Department.
The Director of Organizing works closely with the local lodges, system divisions and federations and all the various committees and bodies of the BMWED. The Director is responsible for organizing new members, mobilizing the membership on subjects decided by the President and training local lodge, system division and federation officers on organizing, strike preparation and other duties assigned by the President.

Strategic Coordination & Research
The Director is responsible for coordinating national bargaining, assisting in the development of a strategic plan for the BMWED, assisting the various systems and federations in the coordination of strategic planning for collective bargaining and working on special projects assigned by the President. The Director's duties also include gathering and compiling statistics to be used in wage negotiations, conferences or hearings before arbitration boards, or other constituted bodies when instructed to do so by the President; assists in the administration and application of agreements at the national and system levels; as well as providing the National Division President and Vice Presidents with assistance on various matters of importance to the BMWED.

Secretary-Treasurer's Department

The Executive Assistant to the Secretary Treasurer is responsible for the coordination and supervision of staff in the day-to-day operations of the Secretary Treasurer Department at the National Division Headquarters. In addition the Executive Assistant coordinates with the President's Department, maintains financial records, assists in the National Division audits and other duties as assigned.

The Controller is responsible to review all financial transactions to insure the accuracy of those records, makes internal data reports and maintains personnel records of National Division, System Division / Federation Officers, and employees.

Information Services
The Director of Information Services heads the IT Department and is responsible planning and staff supervision. The IT Department is charged with maintaining the BMWED’s core applications (Membership, Accounting, and Payroll). In addition to its main responsibility the IT Department also is responsible for developing and supporting applications in all System offices as well as the BMWED Chicago office.

The Assistant Directors responsibility is to provide top level support for BMWED developed software. The Assistant Director will also provide technical expertise in future software development. The Assistant Director must be knowledgeable enough to provide answers for anything that may come up in the IT Department.

Membership Services
This department, supervised by the Staff Assistant, adjusts membership records, handles the various check-offs, lodge and system dues receipts, death benefit standing and claims, merit awards and all correspondence relating to membership records. In addition this department is responsible for accounts receivable of dues and assessment money and prepares funds for deposit with the Brotherhood bank.

Financial Services
This department maintains a complete record via data processing of all payrolls and expenses disbursement for National Division, System Divisions / Federations and some subordinate lodges for which National Division processes payroll. In addition to the weekly, semi-monthly and monthly payroll this department ensures compliance with taxing authority requirements and accounts payable record keeping, as well as internal reporting of financial data.

  • Wayne Lupo, Staff Assistant Financial and Membership Services

Government Reporting Services
This department is responsible for the review and maintenance of records of all audit reports submitted by the local lodges and the National Division Auditors. This department assists in the control of reporting requirements imposed by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. These include the processing of Local Lodge and System Division / Federation LM 2, 3, and 4, the Internal Revenue Services Form 990 and the Railroad Retirement Taxes for National Division payrolls. This department is also responsible for assisting the Local Lodges and System Officers in financial and reporting questions and answers correspondence related to these matters.

Field Auditors
To compliment the services provided by the Reporting Services Department because of the U. S, Labor Department requirements, the field auditors, are each assigned a geographical area within the United States. Their duties are to audit each lodge as frequently as possible and train the subordinate secretary-treasurers in filing of reports as required by the federal laws. In addition they are required to assist the reporting services when instructed by the Secretary Treasurer or the Staff Assistant.