BMWE Lodge 3014

Pennsylvania Federation

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Division
of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters



Lodge 3014 Represents Amtrak
Maintenance of Way Employees

A Union Is Only As Strong As 
The Solidarity of the People In It

Our next meeting will be on
April 13th
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Contract Negotiations
Amtrak's Obstructionist Negotiating Tactics

The National Mediation Board has scheduled a mediation session in our contract dispute with Amtrak in February 16th  in Philadelphia, PA

Update 2/2017

At the last mediation meeting Amtrak presented a proposal with 3 different scenarios for wages and healthcare. Unfortunately they could not explain there own proposals. Their proposal was filled with inaccurate information, to the point that they could not explain it.

The BMWE/BRS presented evidence that supports raises in line with other transit organizations as opposed to the freight lines.

There is a proposed meeting at the end of April but only if Amtrak can come with proposals they can understand themselves. (You can't make this stuff up)

Update 9/2016

Another round of negations and Amtrak still refuses to give the BMWE the information we need to compare their healthcare plans. Amtrak is negotiating in bad faith and we have repeatedly ask the federal mediator to release us from mediation. There is another meeting scheduled in November where we will see if they will come with the information we need to analyze their proposals. Amtrak management has has shown how incompetent they really are at these negotiation meetings. They should be embarrassed but they seem to lack the comprehension to grasp that fact... 

Update 11/30/2015

Jed Dodd's letter to Amtrak Chairman of the Board regarding the current bargaining emergency and Amtrak's lawless conduct at the bargaining table. Read letter here

Update: 11/9/2015

The Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition writes Amtrak Board Chairman Coscia regarding our earlier letter and the facts supporting that Amtrak is violating law by withholding information from us and our consultants. Read the letter here

October 23, 2015

The Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (PRLBC) has written Amtrak’s Board Chairman Coscia regarding the proposed drastic and unprecedented changes in benefits plans that would dramatically increase costs for members of the BMWED and BRS.

Amtrak has refused to provide our healthcare consultants with the information needed to analyze Amtrak's proposals, even though Amtrak initially promised to be very forthcoming with information regarding its proposal. Instead, we have received heavily redacted data that is effectively useless.

If Amtrak maintains it’s current position then they will be in violation of the Railway Labor Act, Section 2, First. We should not be expected to negotiate while wearing a blindfold. The parties are bound by the Railway Labor Act to exert every reasonable effort to make and maintain agreements and settle all disputes. Amtrak’s obstructionism not only violates law but disrespects the workers and the workers’ families.

Read letter from the PRLBC to Amtrak Board Chairman Coscia here


Amtrak Healthcare Retirement Planning Summary
for people who will be retiring soon.

Retirement Planning Checklist Retirement Income Plan
Benefits When You Retire Current Connection
Retiree Medical Benefits Benefits under RRR and SS
Survivor Benefits Medicare For RR Families
Frequently Asked Questions Contact Information
Other Amtrak Retiree Benefits GA-23111 PLAN F
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Attend your meetings:
The 2nd Thursday of the month,

Our next meeting will be on 
April 13, 2017

7:30 PM at the
Morrisville Elks’ Lodge,
835 W Bridge St
Morrisville, PA 19067
(215) 295-5333
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Last Updated March 20, 2017

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Information on New Supplemental Sickness Insurance.
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