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
 April 10th
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Amtrak's Boardman - Divorced from Reality

General Chairman Jed Dodd's response to Amtrak"s recent Special Employee Advisory wherein President Joe Boardman asserts "… [Amtrak] cannot sustain this level of payroll or overtime going forward." The advisory continues, bemoaning the fact that Amtrak lost commuter contracts throughout the nation while Boardman attempts to tie those losses to the worker's wages and overtime.

Mr. Boardman is delusional if he believes Amtrak's remedy can be found in the pockets of the workers.

Read General Chairman Dodd's letter here


The Arbitration Decision
March 26, 2014

Arbitration Decision
March 25, 2014 - Arbitration decision in the PRLBC-Amtrak wage, benefits, and work rule dispute.
March 26, 2014 - BMWED General Chairman Dodd and BRS General Chairman Ingersall's letter to the PRLBC membership.
March 26, 2014 - General worksheet illustrating effects of arbitration decision.

From reading the Arbitrators' decision, it seems that the pattern made by the other unions, settling with Amtrak's previous offers, hurt us. Since all the other unions, with the exception of the BMWE and BRS, had settled with Amtrak the arbitrators basically gave us the same agreement, with slight deviations.

In the end, we all voted (by secret ballot) to fight the fight and we gave it the best fight we could. At least we didn't sit back and take the first offer Amtrak gave. ...We fought for something better, took the fight to the Amtrak Board of Directors homes and office and made them take a risk too. The guys that came out to protest should be especially proud and every member can be proud that they stood together to try to get something better.

It's a shame the arbitrator's took the weight of the other unions' decision to settle instead of the weight of the Freight Pattern, that we have always been bound by, to settle our contracts with Amtrak. Maybe, just maybe, the other unions will learn that "Together We Win, Divided We Fall".


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  BMWE Contract
'Rule of the Week'


Click here for for rule and explaination

Review last week's Rule - Rule 4


All Claims Have Been Paid


Work Week Arbitration Decision

This is a major victory for the BMWE!
We estimate the total value of the claims at between $300,000 and $500,000. 

Public Law Board 7656, No. 4

January 27, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA

* Not to be confused with our Amtrak arbitration case involving rates of pay, work rules, etc.

In December of 2011, our union took exception when Amtrak changed the tour of duty for Adams, NJ Gang M-4950. This gang had been a regular Monday to Friday gang with Saturdays and Sundays as rest days. Amtrak wanted these workers assigned Tuesday to Saturday with Sunday and Monday as rest days while other workers with a different gang designation would be assigned Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday as rest days.

In this instance Amtrak was trying to realign its work force virtually at will while trampling on the clear requirements of the rules of our agreement covering hours and rest days.

We presented on-property claims in connection with Amtrak’s breech, ultimately progressing this dispute to docketing for a Public Law Board. This dispute was recently heard and Arbitrator Andrew Strongin held that our agreement was in fact violated when Amtrak improperly changed the workweek of Gang M-4950. Further, Mr. Strongin awarded compensation to those effected by this change. 

Amtrak will ultimately be required to apply the terms of this award to six other cases. These other cases have been held in abeyance pending the outcome of this lead case. In sum, Amtrak’s realignment violations involved about fifty workers and we estimate the total value of the claims at between $300,000 and $500,000. 

Once again Amtrak expected us to fund their managerial incompetence. This time it took a Public Law Board to restore dignity and respect to the workers and their families. 

View the Work Week arbitration decision at this link. (1.1mb)


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

Aetna policy pays 80% on medical procedures or hospital stays. Major Medical has No 'Out of Pocket' maximum.

Members Services

Amtrak Benefits
Supplement policy is available through
United Health Care

It covers 70% of the 20% remainder from Aetna. (Which means combined with the supplemental insurance it will pay a total of 94%)
Coverage in Addition to Medicare for Railroad Employees, their Dependents, Parents and Parents-in-Law
 Sign up for On-Line access to the RRB Online Click Here to apply for your password.

Benefits Now Online
Check your Retirement or Disability Benefits, apply for Disability or apply for Unemployment On-Line.

If you already have a password Click Here

Attend your meetings:
The 2nd Thursday of the month,
Our next meeting will be on 
April 10, 2013

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

Last Updated April 04, 2014

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Arbitration Update

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

*Another big claim won*

Two members of Local 3014 were awarded 64 hours each after Amtrak brought in a contractor grapple truck, on a B&B job, instead of utlizing our members. Another victory for our members!

If you think the company has violated your contractual rights, CLAIM It!
You can't win it if you don't claim it!


*Fatal Accidents
Under Train Approach Warning

Amtrak Zone 6 Track Inspectors
$5.00 per hour increase
View General Chairman Dodd's letter and agreement here


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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