BMWE Lodge 3014

Pennsylvania Federation

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Division
of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

 

 
 


Lodge 3014 Represents Amtrak
Maintenance of Way Employees



A Union Is Only As Strong As 
The Solidarity of the People In It

Our next meeting will be on
March 12th
Click here for more information

  Office of Inspector General report on
Safe2Safer


Amtrak spent $71,100,000 ($71.1 million) SO FAR
 
 

To compare employee safety at different railroads, the Federal Railroad administration (FRA) uses an injury ratio - the number of employee injuries per 200,000 hours worked. The OIG analyzed the injury ratio data that FRA collected and maintained over a 10-year period from 2004 to 2013. 

The OIG analysis showed that since the initiation of the Safe-2-Safer program on Amtrak in 2009, the average injury ratio for the other Class 1 railroads (freights) declined by 30%, but the Amtrak injury ratio increased by 74% from 2.34 to 4.07 in 2013. Amtrakís FRA-reportable injury ratio was more than three times the average of the other Class 1 railroads in 2013. Reported injuries on Amtrak have risen for four straight years, and no major changes appear to have been made to the Safe-2-Safer program, other than an increased emphasis on employee observations.

The Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen (BRS) represents workers in Amtrakís C+S department and has never participated in the Safe-2-Safer program. They did not agree to participate primarily because they considered the previous safety program, which they had negotiated in 2000, as sufficient and binding. BRS employees on Amtrak had an injury rate of about 2.2 for 2013, or roughly half of the rate of those Amtrak workers participating in Safe-2-Safer.

The OIG reports that the Safe-2-Safer program has cost Amtrak about $70.1 million through September 2014. The OIG also estimates that Safe-2-Safer costs will increase about another $24.1 million during FY 2015 and 2016 if Amtrak continues to operate the program in generally the same manner. Consulting fees paid to BST will exceed $30 million dollars in the same measurable period while training costs are $15.1 million dollars.

Amtrakís safety culture is measured through the results of a Safe-2-Safer biennial survey that was administered three times - in 2009, 2011, and 2013. In 2013, almost 11,700 employees responded to the survey - a response rate of 58%. To provide a relative perspective on these scores, Safe-2-Safer compared Amtrakís survey results with results from their other clients. Amtrak scored the lowest in organizational value for safety and management credibility - in the bottom quartile of Safe-2-Saferís clients in these aspects of safety culture.

So where are we? Amtrak is hemorrhaging money on a failed safety program, injuries and deaths of workers have dramatically increased, and Amtrak management, the FRA and the OIG do nothing but issue reports and provide lip service. If you are enraged by this report, then perhaps itís time to engage in the war against workers. It has become crystal clear that Amtrak workers are under attack and itís not just our wages and benefits at stake but our lives and the livelihoods of our families. An injury to one is an injury to all.

View the OIG report here.

 

 
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Amtrak BMWE & BRS Health Insurance

starting January 2015


A lot of the co-pays are changing. The arbitration board gave us the freight side health insurance without the freight side money and raises.

Read here for details:
2015 New Healthcare Information

 

 




Amtrak Healthcare Retirement Planning Summary
for people who will be retiring soon.
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Retirement Planning Checklist Retirement Income Plan
Benefits When You Retire Current Connection
Retiree Medical Benefits Benefits under RRR and SS
Survivor Benefits Medicare For RR Families
Frequently Asked Questions Contact Information
Other Amtrak Retiree Benefits GA-23111 PLAN F
Additional coverage
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Benefits Now Online
Check your Retirement or Disability Benefits, apply for Disability or apply for Unemployment On-Line.

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Attend your meetings:
The 2nd Thursday of the month,

Our next meeting will be on 
February 12, 2015

7:30 PM at the
 
Morrisville Elksí Lodge,
835 W Bridge St
Morrisville, PA 19067
(215) 295-5333
Click here for directions

Last Updated March 04, 2015

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How The RR Was Built

What is Amtrak?

When you tell people where you work, do you sometimes hear "Oh, you work for the federal government?" It's a misconception that Amtrak is part of the government. In fact, Amtrak is not a
federal agency; rather, it is a D.C. corporation . However, unlike most D.C. corporations, Amtrak
was created by Congress. And, unlike most corporations, Amtrak has the same rights and obligations
as the federal
government in certain limited situations.
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Read how the North and South Tubes were built and how they ended up where they're at.

The New York Tunnel Extension Of The Pennsylvania Railroad. Read

Latest News


A closed group exclusively for Penn Fed BMWE members to share information related to our union.
(Managers that try to apply will be publicly humiliated)

This is the latest FAMES report. Fatalities in Controlled Points/ Manual Interlockings. It's only 2 pages and very important for you to read. It talks about the fatalities in interlockings and why they occurred. Read report

Section 6 Notice has been served to Amtrak
Click
here to read all our contract demands


General Chairman, Jed Dodd, files two claims under the "Me Too" clause for Lump Sum Payments paid to the UTU but not to the BMWE or BRS members. The claim is for every BMWE & BRS Amtrak worker. One lump sum payment is for $250.
The other is a semi-annual payment of $500
Read the claims below:
~ Claim for $250 ~
~ Claim for Semi-annual $500 ~

FRA Safety Advisory issued after fatalities
Read Advisory

Contract Arbitration Decision 3/26/14

Amtrak's Boardman - Divorced from Reality
 
NY Penn Station Tunnels
3/4/2014 Effective immediately all work to be performed in the 6 NY tunnels (Portal to Portal) must be protected by Exclusive Track Occupancy Read more

Important

*Fatal Accidents
Under Train Approach Warning
(Watchman/Lookout)
*


NTSB ISSUES URGENT SAFETY RECOMMENDATION ON SUPPLEMENTAL SHUNTING DEVICES

Pilot Agreement Update for raceway Project Click here
7/13

New Jersey Racetrack Project

After intense negotiations, the BMWED and Amtrak NEC have reached an agreement in connection with Amtrak's desire to contract out the construction of new constant tension catenary system between New Brunswick and Trenton, NJ. Named the "Racetrack Project" his $150 million endeavor is slated to start in 2013, with a completion projection date of 2017.

Click here to read the full agreement

As a result Amtrak is hiring all crafts.
Jobs are posted and removed weekly so check often.
Click here for Amtrak Job Openings
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Amtrak Protest in New Brunswick, NJ 6/13

High Speed Rail (Raceway Project) PowerPoint presentation. 11/9 (The file is 21mb. A high speed connection is required)

Norfolk Southern loses 3 more lawsuits under the Whistle Blower Act

Non-Working dues rate information.
If you are furloughed, or out sick, you can pay the Non-Working dues rate of $15.79 a month to stay in good standing.
More Info

Atena is our new health insurance provider. If you need to up date your info go to
www.AmtrakBenefits.com
Important: If you get married or have a child, anytime throughout the year, you have 30 days from the event to add family members to your health insurance. After that you will have to wait for the enrollment period.

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~Old But Still Important News~


FRA Safety Advisory 2011-03, Bridge Worker Safetyy

AMTRAK AWARDED $450 MILLION TO UPGRADE NEW YORK - WASHINGTON
HIGH-SPEED RAIL SERVICE 5/9
Includes many upgrades from Morrisville, PA to New Brunswick, NJ


Amtrak Fencing agreement. Raises Per Diem and prohibits furloughs while contractors are on the property. Full agreement



Amtrak intranet and Employee Information Portal through Amtrak.com. The new Employee Service Center provides a one-stop shop for all Human Resources needs. Go to https://employee.amtrak.com/ to register and log in.

BMWE wins Third Division Award against Amtrak for contracting out inter-track platform work. 113 B&B employees will receive $225 each. All employees are listed.

BMWE serves Amtrak Section 6 Demands (contract demands)

Railway Trackmenís Journal, 1917 When our forefathers were fighting for the 8 hour workday.

Information on New Supplemental Sickness Insurance.
BMWE Wins Four Huge Arbitration Awards Against Amtrak
 
 
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