Gateway Page for New Members of the Old
Welcome to the Burlington System Division, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, International Brotherhood of Teamsters!
That's quite the mouthful, right? It means that, as you begin your new career working for your railroad, you have a large team of brothers and sisters ready to help you.
This is a Gateway for our new Members, both to show them all the features available on our website and to introduce them to their Union. Take time to explore what's available here and know that we're glad to have you join us!
INTRODUCING OUR WEBSITE
Our Burlington System Division website has a LOT of great information for you! We encourage you to take time and explore what we have available here, from copies of your bargaining agreements, links to your healthcare providers, tools to connect to your Union officers and staff, and more!
Some of our content is open to the public, while some of our features are only accessible to our members. You want to make sure you register to access all the tools available to you on our website. It's quick, easy, and helps you get more out of our website!
As a new employee, the railroad gave you training and testing on their operating and safety rules. What you may not know is that the railroad also has rules they have to follow! These rules are found in your collective bargaining agreement, which BMWED negotiated with your railroad. Agreements can be complex, and they can include many different side Agreements, special Agreements, or Letters of Understanding. These all lay out how the railroad can assign you work, the conditions you work under, how you get paid, how you earn vacation or holiday pay, and more! It's important to know your Agreement so that you can keep your railroad honest about following it!
Our Union governs itself per our Bylaws. These lay out how we're organized, who has responsibility over different Union functions, and how we keep up the work we do for each other. You can read our Bylaws at the website linked just above. Remember! These Bylaws lay out your rights AND responsibilities as a member of our Union. They also give you a roadmap on how you can take an active role and help make our Union better.
There are a lot of things we do as a Union, and a lot of history behind who we are and what we do. Find resources, information, and tools to build yourself up as a Union member here.
The railroad will often try to get around the rules that govern your work, your rates of pay, and your rights. When they break the rules, we hold them accountable through a claims and grievance process laid out under the Railway Labor Act. If you railroad breaks the rules of your Agreement, submit information at the link above to begin our Claims and Grievance process!
As a railroader, you are now eligible for a range of healthcare benefits. It can be confusing to navigate them all, so we put together a resource page to help you and your family understand what you have available and how to file for benefits if you need them.
This is the new hire guide that we provide our new members on Canadian Pacific.
Video Training Modules
The BMWED Education Department has introduced a new video series, “On Our Way.” This video series will come in two formats; introductory videos we call “Shortlines” and, when a deeper dive is needed, a longer format we call “On Track”.
SHORTLINES VIDEO SERIES
The Rail Labor Act
Our first video in the On Our Way: Shortlines series outlines the basic functions of the Railway Labor Act (RLA), a federal law that provides the structure for how rail unions organize new members, bargain, and resolve disputes with rail carriers.
Designated Legal Counsel
This video, part of our "On Our Way" series, introduces why our BMWED Designated Legal Counsel (DLC) are an important part of our team in supporting our members and our families.
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