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    • 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.


      NMB Released Parties from Mediation! (LINK TO LETTER FROM NMB)

      BMWED Rejects Proffer of Arbitration at Convention!


      Published: Jun 15 2022 11:14AM (EXTERNAL LINK TO bmwe.org)

      The United Rail Unions issued the following statement on June 15, 2022:

      Following the conclusion of our third week of compulsory mediation conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the Rail Unions who are bargaining as part of the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way/SMART Mechanical Coalition pursuant to Section 5 First of the Railway Labor Act, received a proffer of arbitration from the NMB.

      As previously stated, all of the Carriers’ proposals to date serve as an insult to our collective membership. These essential employees carried the railroads to their record profits throughout the last several years. As much as the Rail Unions would have preferred to reach a voluntary settlement, this has become the only viable path to reaching a satisfactory conclusion. The Chiefs of all 12 Rail Unions wish to thank the NMB Members and the assigned Mediators for their efforts in trying to bring us to a voluntary agreement, and for their recognition that such an agreement was not possible under the current circumstances.

      With regard to the proffer of arbitration, the NMB urged the parties to enter into an agreement to resolve the dispute via binding arbitration in accordance with Section 8 of the Railway Labor Act. If either party rejects the NMB’s proffer, or fails to respond prior to the deadline of 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on June 16, 2022, the parties will enter a 30-day “cooling off” period where the status quo is maintained. While each Rail Union has its own process for considering whether or not to accept the NMB’s proffer, it is anticipated that we will unanimously reject it in the coming days.

      At any point during the aforementioned 30-day cooling off period, President Biden may appoint a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), which typically consists of three to five members. The PEB will conduct a hearing and issue a recommendation regarding settlement of the dispute.  The issuance of the PEB recommendation starts another 30-day cooling off period.

      During this second cooling-off period, the parties may choose to accept or reject the PEB’s recommendation. If either party rejects the PEB’s recommendation, or if the cooling off period expires and the dispute has not been resolved, either party may engage in self-help.

      If this happens, it is expected that Congress will intervene and end self-help by passing legislation to resolve the dispute. To address this possibility, we have already mobilized our Legislative departments to get the message to our elected representatives. In addition to these efforts, we are urging our members to begin reaching out to their U.S. Senators and House Representatives to voice their support for a labor-friendly PEB, and if necessary, labor-friendly legislation to bring this round of bargaining to a successful conclusion. The time to make our collective voices heard is now!

      Additional information will be provided as developments warrant. We appreciate your continuing support.


      The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are: the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA); the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / Teamsters Rail Conference (BLET); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS); the International Association of Machinists (IAM); the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB); the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU (NCFO); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU); the Transportation Communications Union / IAM (TCU), including TCU’s Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division (BRC); and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD).

      The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division and SMART Mechanical Unions are also bargaining as a coalition.

      Collectively, these Unions represent approximately 140,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements, and comprise 100% of the workforce who will be impacted by this round of negotiations.


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      Glenn Lehtomaki, Lodge 1489, Earns 30-year Merit Award!

      Brother Glenn, member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1489 working on the LS&I railroad in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, recently received his 30-year Merit Award! Glenn has been a member of the BMWED since 1992 and continues to work beside his brothers in LS&I making sure the iron ore mined in the U.P. gets to steel mills across the country. Congratulations, Glenn.

      Review Your BA-6 Forms!

      Our members should have received, or soon will receive, their BA-6 forms from RRB detailing their service records and qualifying months for the purposes of Railroad Retirement. Check your mail and, when you see your BA-6, take a look to make sure it’s accurate. There is only a limited time to appeal mistakes and get your record corrected, so don’t delay.

      Congratulations to Brother Steve Serres on his Retirement!

      After 32 years working for the railroad, Brother Steve Serres of Burlington System Division Lodge 509 is retiring! We wish Brother Steve the very best in his retirement and in the days of fishing he can look forward to ahead of him. Thanks for all you have done, Steve, and congratulations.
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      Dave Poppas Commended for Great Work in New Hire Training!

      David Poppas, VP of Lodge 1320 and Safety Assistant for BNSF’s Heartland Division, received a lot of great feedback for his work training new hires at BNSF’s TTC facility near Kansas City, KS. Dave was commended for his ability to communicate effectively and relate his experiences to these new employees, as well as his positivity and engagement.

      Brother LJ Maloney

      Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother LJ Maloney, retired member of the Burlington System Division, passed away on May 14, 2022. A Rosary will be held at 6 PM on Monday May 23rd. Funeral Services for Brother LJ are on Tuesday, May 24th, at 2 PM at St. John's Catholic Church in Crawford NE (4th & Paddock Street).

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