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
November 10th

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Amtrak Workers Killed by Safety Failures 


After two major train wrecks, one of which killed 8 passengers, and 4 employee fatalities in 18 months Amtrak senior management has declared that no changes to their deadly policies need to be made. Their arrogance and complete denial of their incompetence will only lead to another fatality. There is dangerous leadership from CEO Joe Boardman on down to Chief Engineer Rodrigo Bitar. These people hide behind closed doors and make life threatening decisions. As workers on Amtrak we have to stand strong and stick together and refuse any unsafe job, refuse to work with out the maximum amount of watchmen required. Never use the minimum or less. Protect yourself and your co-workers and use the maximum. Also, always use SSD's- ALWAYS.

This management is dangerous and we can not allow them to kill one more of our members with their incompetence!

A few managers, and there are more, that have shown that their decisions are dangerous are;

  ~ CEO Joe Boardman
~ V.P.  D.J.Stadtler
~ V.P. & Chief Safety Officer Michael Louge
~ Chief Engineer Rodrigo Bitar

All Amtrak workers, that work on the tracks, are advised to pay special attention to their protection against train movements. The decisions of the above named will get you killed if you don't.

If the last 2 train wrecks, 8 passengers and 4 employee deaths haven't convinced you of that, nothing will.

Jed Dodd's letter to Amtrak's Chairman of the Board Anthony Coscia demanding an immediate meeting with him to resolve these issues. Failure by Amtrak to address these issues, and test our resolve, will not end well. The lives our our members, and the riding public, is at stake.
Read the letter here


BMWE Union Workers Rage Against Amtrak
At Workers' Memorial Day
Amtrak Workers Memorial Day
Full Story
BMWED/IBT Pennsylvania Federation General Chairman, Jed Dodd's, impassioned speech regarding Amtrak's failure to protect their workers.
Read speech


We have to do it ourselves!

Safety Failures Amtrak
Get ready to take action
pdf version to post at headquarters


Letter from Jed Dodd, General Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation, demanding immediate action from Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman. Read letter (pdf)

On Sunday morning, April 3rd, BMWED employee Joe Carter was killed when Amtrak train struck the backhoe he was operating in the area of Chester, PA. Also killed in this train strike was Amtrak Supervisor Pete Adamovich. Both Carter and Adamovich have worked 40-plus years on the railroad, both were set to retire in early summer. They were cribbing in advance of an undercutting and tie replacement project between "Hook" and "Baldwin" on Amtrak's Mid-Atlantic Division.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the men's families, and to their many friends and co-workers on Amtrak. As we struggle to get through this diffucult time we truly realize that "An injury to one is an Injury to All".

The BMWED's statement on this fatal accident can be read here



Contract Negotiations
Amtrak's Obstructionist Negotiating Tactics

The National Mediation Board has scheduled a mediation session in our contract dispute with Amtrak in November  in Philadelphia, PA

Update 9/2016

Another round of negations and Amtrak still refuses to give the BMWE the information we need to compare their healthcare plans. Amtrak is negotiating in bad faith and we have repeatedly ask the federal mediator to release us from mediation. There is another meeting scheduled in November where we will see if they will come with the information we need to analyze their proposals. Amtrak management has has shown how incompetent they really are at these negotiation meetings. They should be embarrassed but they seem to lack the comprehension to grasp that fact... 

Update 11/30/2015

Jed Dodd's letter to Amtrak Chairman of the Board regarding the current bargaining emergency and Amtrak's lawless conduct at the bargaining table. Read letter here

Update: 11/9/2015

The Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition writes Amtrak Board Chairman Coscia regarding our earlier letter and the facts supporting that Amtrak is violating law by withholding information from us and our consultants. Read the letter here

October 23, 2015

The Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (PRLBC) has written Amtrak’s Board Chairman Coscia regarding the proposed drastic and unprecedented changes in benefits plans that would dramatically increase costs for members of the BMWED and BRS.

Amtrak has refused to provide our healthcare consultants with the information needed to analyze Amtrak's proposals, even though Amtrak initially promised to be very forthcoming with information regarding its proposal. Instead, we have received heavily redacted data that is effectively useless.

If Amtrak maintains it’s current position then they will be in violation of the Railway Labor Act, Section 2, First. We should not be expected to negotiate while wearing a blindfold. The parties are bound by the Railway Labor Act to exert every reasonable effort to make and maintain agreements and settle all disputes. Amtrak’s obstructionism not only violates law but disrespects the workers and the workers’ families.

Read letter from the PRLBC to Amtrak Board Chairman Coscia here


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

Our next meeting will be on 
November 10, 2015

7:30 PM at the
Morrisville Elks’ Lodge,
835 W Bridge St
Morrisville, PA 19067
(215) 295-5333
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Last Updated October 22, 2016

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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)

Good-bye & Good riddance Joe Boardman
Read more in Appeal To Reason 2/19/2016

The BMWE Responds to Amtrak's 14 Hour Overtime Limit. Read the response here

Sunnyside Yard worker struck by a yard train. A message for all of us and the video to learn from here

Per Diem for 2016 has increased to $45.52
Read notice from Amtrak here

Amtrak NEC Hot Spot Books
Click here to down load the Amtrak NEC Hot Spot Books

Turnover at the top hits Amtrak at a critical time
. Former Amtrak executives say the turmoil at the top in recent years has disrupted railroad management and distracted employees from their daily duties. More

Office of Inspector General report on Safe2Safer
Amtrak spent $71,100,000 ($71.1 million) SO FAR, and injuries are way up. View the OIG report here.

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

2015 New Healthcare Information

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

Update 4/10/16- We lost these claims in arbitration
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
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Contract Arbitration Decision 3/26/14

Amtrak's Boardman - Divorced from Reality

*Fatal Accidents
Under Train Approach Warning


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


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.

~Old But Still Important News~

FRA Safety Advisory 2011-03, Bridge Worker Safety

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.

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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