Welcome to the Website for the Burlington System Division!
The Burlington System Division, also known as the "Q" or the "old Q", is part of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED), which is itself a Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and a member of the IBT Rail Conference.
Our nickname comes from the name of a former railroad which our System Division represented, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CBQ) Railroad. While the CBQ is now gone, having merged into the current BNSF Railway, our System Division still proudly represents members working on 6 railroads and across 13 states in the Great Plains and Great Lakes regions of our country.
BNSF Sick Leave, Modernization, and CDL/DOT Mileage Tentative Agreements Reached
September 18, 2023
After months of negotiations, BMWED has reached a Tentative Agreement with BNSF concerning Sick Leave, Modernization, and CDL/DOT Mileage.
For a summary of the Agreements reached, click here.
To review the BNSF Sick Leave Agreement in its entirety, click here.
To review the BNSF Modernization Agreement in its entirety, click here.
To review the BNSF CDL/DOT Mileage Agreement in its entirety, click here.
These Agreements are all pending ratification. Ballots will be sent out at a date that has yet to be determined. To ensure you receive your ballot, please use the Status Update tool on the website to ensure that the System has up-to date contact information, specifically your mailing address. If you are unable to use the Status Update tool, you may also reach out to your Vice General Chairman or to the System Office at (402) 463-0234.
BMWED National Division Education Department is hosting a webinar introducing the Christy & Ferguson Law Firm, which is Designated Legal Counsel for BMWEDmembers. The link for the webinar can be found at bmwe.org/training.The SOO seniority rosters have been sent out. Roster protest must be submitted by Thursday, November 30.Items to look for in these rosters:
- Any new seniorities that a member may have accumulated over the last year.
- Any "9's" by any of your established seniorities that would prevent you from making a bump. (A "9" by your name on a roster means you are not qualified under the terms of Rule 9 of the CBA.) If you have reported and worked a position for more than 30 days then you are qualified under the agreement.
JAMES HOFFA MEMORAIL SCHOLARHIPS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Brother Marty Carlson's son Kaden for being chosen as one of the recipients of the James Hoffa Memorial Scholarship. Good luck to you this year!
Check your Form BA-6 from the RRB!
The RRB will be sending out Form BA-6 in the latter part of June. It is extremely important to review these forms for accuracy and file a protest (Form G-70) as soon as possible. If a protest is filed with the RRB, you will need to provide proof of compensation from the Carrier in that month to receive credit or military orders that clearly show service in the disputed month.
The G-70 forms are available on the RRB tab within Member Resources menu.A Statement on this session of bargaining by Vice General Chairman Tom Steinbrenner can be seen here.
Today, the General Chairmen that represent BMWED members working on BNSF sent a letter to John Cech outlining the impact that sub-contracting out work has on BNSF's workforce. BNSF has been trending upwards on the use of contractors while reducing its own Maintenance of Way BMWED employees.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER.
Sister Jennifer Ross tells an impactful story about the need for paid sick leave.
The latest issue of the BMWED Journal is out now.
Click Here to read.
BNSF IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT
BMWED'S BURLINGTON NORTHERN SYSTEM
FEDERATION (BURNOR) WARNED BNSF THAT
THEIR MANPOWER CUTS & INSPECTION REDUCTIONS
COULD IMPACT RAIL SAFETY!
DERAILMENTS LIKE THE RECENT INCIDENT IN RAYMOND,
MINNESOTA COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!
BNSF, DO BETTER!
READ BURNOR'S WARNING TO BNSF
AND FOLLOW-UP LETTER HERE.