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.
Next Round of Bargaining
With the ratification of the CPKC agreement, the Burlington System Division will be in bargaining in just a little over one year with BNSF, CPKC, and LS&I. We are encouraging all of our members to attend their lodge meeting to discuss what they would like to see in this next round of bargaining.
To view the Agreement in its entirety, click here.
“During this round of voting the CP membership turned out in unprecedented numbers with an 84 percent voter turnout, this truly shows their engagement in this process and that they are indeed paying attention,” BSD General Chairman George Loveland said. “With this 3-year contract the CP Members will receive a 15.5 percent wage increase with significant improvements in travel expenses with no concessions on their part.”
Reaching a new contract is a significant victory, but Brother Loveland wants to encourage the Soo-Milw. members to continue their impressive engagement to press for further achievements on the property.
“It has been an uphill battle with CP to get to this point but the membership’s perseverance and insistence on getting a fair contract got us to this point without having to give up their work rules to get what they deserve,” Brother Loveland said. “This victory is short lived because in a year or less we will be back at the bargaining table starting all over again. In the interim, we plan on engaging CPKC to hopefully get some further agreements accomplished, such as sick leave and CDL deals. That would help greatly in speeding up the next round when we once again start bargaining over wages.”
To view the complete vote count, BSD Soo-Milw. Line members you can log back on to the same link used for voting. That link is https://secure.electionbuddy.com/m/BMWEBSD/cp2023ta
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.
BNSF 2024 Regional Gang Schedules
Here are the BNSF 2024 Regional Gang Schedules. If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the schedule, please reach out to the appropriate contact below. We are currently scheduled to meet with BNSF on November 2, 2023 to address any discrepancies that may be in the schedule or gang consists.
West District: VGC Gene Thompson (308) 760-6688
Central District: VGC Rod Blessing (816) 213-6415
East District: VGC Mark Semande (309) 221-2539**If you're unsure what district you are in or who your Vice General Chairman is, call the System Office at (402) 463-0234 to speak to Landy.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.
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.
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!
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.