I am pleased to announce that Amtrak and the BMWED have
tentative agreement to resolve our outstanding wage, benefit and
work rule issues.
Attached for your review and use is the tentative BMWED-Amtrak
agreement. It is our
intention to work with the American Arbitration Association to have
this agreement in the mail to the membership for their approval or
rejection by March 27, 2018.
American Arbitration Association will count the ballots 25
days later. The schedule
could be changed by a day or two depending on the logistics of the
2018 BMWE Tentative Agreement
Letter to Amtrak VP Stadtler for contract resolution and
terms of agreement. The agreement would have NO work rule changes and be
completely retroactive to the beginning of the agreement.
If a tentative agreement is reached the agreement will go
out to the membership for a vote to be ratified. Click
here to read the letter
and potential agreement.
TCU & IAM
reach a tentative agreement with Amtrak. You can read their proposal
The Freight BLE, BRS & UTU voted to accept the
pathetic agreement. We hope it doesn't set a pattern for the industry
but we know the railroads will try to say it does.
At some point the Unions, and the working class, will
have to stand up and demand living wages and benefits. This
agreement doesn't do that. Their members voted to accept it. Now they
have to live with it.
It's odd that the biggest concern was going up against
a Trump PEB. It's odd because many union members voted for Trump to
stand up for the working class, yet when it came down to proving it,
they did not want to 'take the chance' and lose work rules. The vote on
the agreement speaks for itself...
BLE & UTU, on the
Freights, have a proposed agreement that can hurt all of us if passed.
It will set the standard for the industry and has low wage increases and
huge increases for healthcare, especially for the sick.
Healthcare not Wealthcare!
Click on Image to see comparison
BMWE Stands Opposed To This Agreement
Letter to Membership from Jed Dodd - Penn Fed
Letter to Membership From BMWED - President Simpson
Appeal To Reason for full explaination
June 7, 2017
Amtrak's Bad Faith and Our Indignation
Today in Philadelphia the Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition
(PRLBC) met with National Mediation Board (NMB) mediator Eva Durham and
representatives of Amtrak, only Amtrak never entered the room.
The PRLBC was represented by 16 people, made up of BMWED and BRS
union officers, our legal council, economists and advisors.
Mediator Durham entered the room and immediately expressed her
disappointment that there were so many of us. She requested that our
bargaining sessions be limited to small groups, hinting that most of us
should leave and only the principal officers remain, generally implying
that Amtrak wants to bargain quietly and away from the prying eyes and
ears of those who will work under any agreement reached.
PRLBC legal council, Mr. Richard Edelman quickly pointed out that the
federal mediator can request small group meetings but she cannot compel
small group meetings. The PRLBC has the right to bring anybody to a
bargaining session that we see fit. Our council continued by sternly
advising the mediator that Amtrak’s insistence on discussing work rules
in the absence of a wage proposal that is communicable or comprehensible
is in violation of the Railway Labor Act. The mediator left the room to
confer with Amtrak and upon her return announced that this scheduled
bargaining session was over and she would be in touch.
Our bargaining coalition came to Philadelphia prepared to bargain.
From Virginia and the District of Columbia, from New York and beyond we
traveled many collective miles only to be denied any meaningful
discussion. Amtrak wasted all our time.
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)
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...
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
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
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
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