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
 September 11th
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  BMWED Convention in Las Vegas Update
  The BMWED held its quadrennial convention in Las Vegas the week of June 23rd. There were a few highlights and lowlights.


~ Jed Dodd was elected to the Executive Board of the BMWED. The board will now be more diverse with Jed on the board, which is a very good thing.

~ Sean Gerie, CRSD (NJT/Septa General Chairman) was elected Vice President of the NE Division. He replaced Henry Wise who retired.

        Once again Direct Elections were voted down. Direct Elections would have given every member in the BMWED the right to vote for their Grand Lodge officers. You have that right with the Teamsters elections but not with the BMWE officer elections. Only the elected delegates can vote for the officers. Currently only the Pennsylvania Federation allows for Direct Elections.

      Jed Dodd had submitted the by-law change in the BMWE Journal, which was rejected by the Rules committee. Gene Anirina brought the proposed by-law change up on the floor of the convention and spoke on why it was important for the dues paying members to have the right to vote for their leadership directly. Although there were many new first time delegates at the convention that supported Direct Elections, it was voted down.

      The proceedings at the convention happen very fast and, for the first time delegates, they were not prepared for it. Some of the votes were over before they knew it and could not be re-visited. As more and more members find out that they do not have the right to directly vote for their leadership, only through a delegate, the tide will change. The next convention should bring better results for the members in the field. There will be more first time delegates, replacing the retiring delegates, and that will bring a wave of fresh ideas. While these rules were necessary 127 years ago it is time to give every member the individual right to vote for their officers. Hopefully the next convention will bring that change.


Bi-Weekly Pay to start July 18th

May 2, 2014 - Amtrak advises regarding the Bi-Weekly pay period and work week definition adjustments. The Arbitration panel was persuaded that adoption of 1) the bi-weekly pay, 2) direct deposit, 3) definition of the workweek, and 4) adjustment of pay error administrative work rule changes are appropriate, are part of the Amtrak Pattern settlements, and should be thrust upon the BMWED as well.

View Amtrak's advisement including Payroll Hotline Number, along with the FAQ sheet, the payroll calendar, and the “bridge loan request” forms. 


  BMWE Contract
'Rule review'

Scope and Work Classification

Click here for an explaination to this and other rules


Amtrak Healthcare Retirement Planning Summary
for people who will be retiring soon.

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 
September 11, 2013

(This will be our last meeting until September)

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

Last Updated July 04, 2014

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Pilot Agreement Update for raceway Project Click here

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

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
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.

Amtrak Contractor Policies Endanger Riding Public
Outsiders decide who gets contractor clearances 10/12


View Summary of the agreement


~Old But Still Important News~

FRA Safety Advisory 2011-03, Bridge Worker Safetyy

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 The new Employee Service Center provides a one-stop shop for all Human Resources needs. Go to 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 Trackmen’s 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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