BMWE Lodge 3014
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Division
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
3014 Represents Amtrak
Maintenance of Way Employees
Is Only As Strong As
The Solidarity of the People In It
Our next meeting will be on
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||NY Penn Station
Effective immediately all work to be performed
in the 6 NY tunnels (Portal to Portal) must be protected by Exclusive
Track Occupancy: A method of establishing working limits on controlled
track in which movement authority of trains and other equipment is
withheld by the train dispatcher or control operator, i.e. Foul time or
This means all work, including inspection.
This was the result of refusing to go into the tunnels
under traffic today and 2 recent close calls.
The BMWE lead the fight but it was good team work with the other unions,
ARASA and the BRS, that strengthened our position.
Besides the obvious hazards of clearing for a train
the additional hazards are numerous. Sitting in the cut-outs when a
train is passing could result in getting hit by a brake shoe, AC cover,
debris from a dragging hose and the list goes on.
will result in a much safer work place for all of our members!
See Division Engineer Bernaski's
Letter of instruction
BMWE Contract rule of the week
RULE 70 - WRITTEN STATEMENTS
An employee who is required to make a statement prior to the trial in
connection with any matter which
may eventuate in the
application of discipline to any employee may,
if he desires to be represented, be
represented by the duly accredited representative. A
copy of his
statement, if reduced to writing and signed
by him, shall be furnished to him by AMTRAK upon his request and to the
duly accredited representative
This means that you have the right to have a union representative
present if Amtrak wants you to give a statement regarding you, or
any other employee. If a union representative is not available at
the time then Amtrak will have to wait until one is available.
Anything you say, or write, can and will be used against you. You will
never talk your way out of trouble but you will save yourself trouble by
keeping your mouth shut and waiting for your union representative.
Also, never let the company use a recording device to record your
statemnt or interview. You have the right to say NO and should.
Here is a link to our
BMWE Contract agreement and updates
Work Week Arbitration Decision
This is a major victory
for the BMWE!
estimate the total value of the claims at between $300,000 and
Public Law Board 7656, No.
2014 | Philadelphia, PA
to be confused with our Amtrak arbitration case involving rates of pay,
work rules, etc.
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)
Our Contract Dispute is in
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We have been informed that the Arbitration Panel assembled to
determine the new agreement between Amtrak and the PRLBC will be
issued between March 23 and April 1, 2014.
View Summary of the agreement we are fighting for
(This is what we are fighting for. This is the Freight Agreement the
Amtrak members voted to pursue in a secret ballot. Some people are just
waking up and seeing this for the first time, which is amazing in itself.
I guess they missed a few union meetings.
For more detailed information ATTEND YOUR UNION
MEETINGS and stay informed...
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.
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
up for On-Line access to the RRB Online
Click Here to apply for your password.
Benefits Now Online
your Retirement or Disability Benefits, apply for Disability or apply
for Unemployment On-Line.
you already have a password
Attend your meetings:
The 2nd Thursday of the month,
Our next meeting will be on
March 13, 2013
7:30 PM at the
Morrisville Elks’ Lodge,
March 04, 2014
This web site is designed and
Any suggestions or comments are welcome.
A closed group exclusively for Penn Fed BMWE members to share information related to our
(Managers that try to apply will be publicly humiliated)
We have been informed that the
Arbitration Panel, assembled to determine the new agreement between
Amtrak and the PRLBC (BMWE & BRS), will be issued between March 23 and April 1, 2014.
The Union, nor Amtrak, have a say in when the Arbirtration Panel
releases their decision. If anything changes before the end of March we
will post it here.
*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
Under Train Approach Warning
Amtrak Zone 6 Track Inspectors
$5.00 per hour increase
Chairman Dodd's letter and agreement
NTSB ISSUES URGENT SAFETY RECOMMENDATION ON SUPPLEMENTAL SHUNTING
Agreement Update for raceway Project
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.
are posted and removed weekly so check often.
Click here for Amtrak Job Openings
Amtrak Protest in New Brunswick, NJ
High Speed Rail (Raceway Project) PowerPoint presentation.
file is 21mb. A high speed connection is required)
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.
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
Amtrak Contractor Policies Endanger Riding Public
Outsiders decide who gets contractor clearances
NATIONAL FREIGHT RAILROAD AGREEMENT
View Summary of the agreement
OSHA HAMMERS CSX TRANSPORTATION FOR OUTRAGEOUS FRSA
Still Important News~
FRA Safety Advisory 2011-03, Bridge Worker Safetyy
AMTRAK AWARDED $450 MILLION TO UPGRADE NEW YORK - WASHINGTON
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.
intranet and Employee Information Portal through Amtrak.com. The new Employee Service Center provides a
one-stop shop for all Human Resources needs.
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
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|| |