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  • Membership Will Now Vote on Possible System Mergers
    Updated On: Oct 12, 2021

    The lawsuit filed against the attempt by President Simpson and his supporters to unilaterally impose a forced merger of current, autonomous System Divisions and Federations, by which he would effectively dissolve current Union governance, has proceeded through hearings before the judge. This lawsuit, filed by 12 of the 14 Systems against President Simpson's undemocratic attempts to redefine our Union, has achieved a major victory for our members - securing the members' right to vote for any potential merger to take place. Rather than having such dramatic and important decisions about the Union decided for them, BMWED members will now get a voice in whether or not they want to dissolve their current System and leadership and form new, single-Carrier Systems.  This new agreement also allows members on smaller railroads a vote, giving them a voice President Simpson's scheme previously denied.

    Ballots will be mailed out in December, with votes to be counted on January 31, 2022. More information regarding this new agreement can be found by reading the National Division press release below.

    ------------------------ National Division’s Article copy-pasted below for reference ------------------------------

    Agreement Reached to Postpone Single Railroad System Conventions: Membership to Decide by Mail-in Ballot

    Published: Oct 8 2021 3:03PM

    The lawsuit brought by twelve of the fourteen system federations to stop BMWED National Division President Simpson from exercising his authority under the Bylaws to form a single joint protective board for each of the class 1 freight railroad employers and Amtrak has been settled.  

    Up until now, many officers and members have maintained that the formation of single joint protective board for each Class I railroad employer and Amtrak was the right thing to do, but that the timing was wrong.  However, after a day in court, the parties have agreed to postpone the founding conventions and proceed with balloting the members to seek their direct input on establishing one system with one set of bylaws, one set of officers and one dues structure for each railroad or leave the current system in place of different dues, different bylaws, and multiple General Chairpersons on each railroad employer in place.  

    Ballots to each of the individual properties will be mailed out in early December 2021 and counted on January 31, 2022.  If the members approve of the restructuring of their representation on their railroad the founding conventions will be held in February and March 2022.  Current delegates elected for the postponed conventions will be seated at the new founding conventions following membership approval.  Local Lodges who have not yet elected a delegate are required to continue holding the elections for Delegates in anticipation of membership approval of the formation of a united membership under one joint protective board on each railroad and Amtrak. 

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