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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.


      Hurricane Ian

      BMWED National Division recently released a plan to provide relief for our members who were directly affected by Hurricane Ian. Qualifying members can receive up to $2000 in relief, so please do your best to distribute this information to all of your Brothers and Sisters.

      To see the letter National Division sent out explaining their Relief Plan click here.

      Members who have lost their jobs but have immediate housing or who have lost their immediate housing but have not lost their jobs are eligible for $500 in relief by filling out this application.

      Members who lost both their immediate primary housing and their jobs are eligible for $2000 in relief by filling out this application.

      All applications, supporting documents, and questions should be directed to disasterrelief@bmwe.org.

      Our thoughts go out to all of our Union Brothers and Sisters who have been affected by Hurricane Ian. Going forward, we will do what we can as a Brotherhood to support and uplift them during these trying times.

      CP UPDATE SEPTEMBER 28, 2022!

      Our members on the Soo & Milwaukee properties of CP are in local bargaining for a new contract. Information regarding this bargaining round is available under the CP tab on our website. Registration for Member Access is required to view this information. As we get further updates on CP bargaining, we will post them under the CP tab.


      September 02, 2022

      The Offices of the General Chairmen, George Loveland (BSD), John Mozinski (BurNor), and Tim Bunch (ATSFF), recently came together to release a joint statement in regards to their recent week spent bargaining first in Washington DC and then in Fort Worth, TX. This statement can be viewed in it's entirety here.

      August 31, 2022

      As the day begins, I reflect on the years that I have worked with and for the Sisters and Brothers of the Burlington System Division as a staff assistant, VGC, and General Chairwoman. I am so proud of the work we have done and am so honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this journey with all of you! I believe the Burlington System Division, its Members, Staff, Safety Assistants and Bridge Worker Safety Facilitators, Local and System Officers are the best of the best and know that you will all continue to succeed and that there are great things in your future and the future of our System and Brotherhood.

      This day is bittersweet for me as I move into the next chapter of my journey. I am humbled by the support you all have given me, and I will miss working with you day to day, being part of the daily conversations and working in the system office.

      There are no words that can express the feelings in my heart for all of you. I am so very proud of you all, appreciate all the work you have done for each other, and am excited to see what is next for the Burlington System Division and the Brotherhood! Thank you, my work family, for everything! It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. 

      Know that I am only a phone call/text or email away or a quick drive down the street. I will continue to work hard for you and for our members and will see you all in the field! 

      YOU ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST! Take care and be careful out there! 




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      UPDATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2022!

      While we look forward to returning to work with a fair contract, we also want to ensure our local Lodges have the tools and resources necessary to effectively prepare in case of a lock-out by the railroads or if we are forced to conduct a strike to protect our rights.

      The Burlington System Division has put together a page on our website with information, tools, guidance, and resources to help our members and our Lodges get prepared. This page requires an active registration (log-in) for Member Access to the Burlington System Division website.

      If you have questions or concerns, or want to know how you can help our Union and all rail labor secure a fair contract, reach out to your System officers.


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      Brother Liam Burns

      Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother Liam Burns, member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1965, passed away on September 12, 2022. -OBITUARY-    Liam M. Burns, age 53, of Sparta, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022, at St.

      Brother Michael Kropp

      Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother Mike Kropp, retired member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1105, passed away on September 7, 2022. -OBITUARY- Michael M. Kropp, age 66, of Bellevue, NE, died Wednesday, September 07, 2022 from his short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family.

      Brother Randy Rising

      Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother Randy Rising, member of Burlington System Division 1142, passed away August 04, 2022. Obituary will be linked here when available. Memorial services for Randy Rising will be Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 10am Mountain Time at the Sioux County Fairgrounds in Harrison, Nebraska.

      Brother Eric Grindel

      Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother Eric Grindel, member of Burlington System Division 1351, passed away on July 29, 2022. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/loveland-co/leif-grindel-10869409 A viewing to honor Eric will be held at the Allnutt Funeral Service Hunter Chapel on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 2-4pm.

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