USD and ICGF System/Federations Announce Voluntarily Agreement in Place to Merge

Published: Feb 26 2020 3:41PM

Two System/Federations of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division have a voluntary agreement in place to merge.

The Unified System Division, which represents roughly 4,300 members on Union Pacific, the DM&E subsidiary of Canadian Pacific and Amtrak, along with several railroads mostly in the West, and the Illinois Central & Gulf Federation, which represents approximately 1,100 members on UP, CN, Kansas City Southern and Chicago’s METRA commuter rail, amongst other roads, plan to merge, according to BMWED Western Region Vice President Louis Below.

The merger, which has been agreed to in principle by the general chairmen and other officers of the two systems, awaits the final approval of the Joint Protective Board of the USD and the official approval of merger from BMWED President Freddie Simpson, per System and National Division bylaws.

The USD will absorb and maintain the fulltime officers of the ICGF and ICGF members will retain their current local representative. USD General Chairman Tony Cardwell will lead the new system, while current ICGF General Chairman Hayward Granier will remain on to assist the merger process until his planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2020.

Additional details of the merger agreement will be provided as they advance through the official processes.