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Amtrak BMWED members vote for federation consolidation


Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) members who work for Amtrak voted in favor of a proposal to consolidate five separate federations into one Amtrak group, union officials announced this week.

The votes were 551 in favor of consolidation and 122 against, according to a BMWED-IBT press release. The referendum was presented to 2,348 members from the five federations.

The next step for the new Amtrak federation is a to hold a “founding convention” Jan. 19-20 in Newark, New Jersey.  Delegates from the local lodges representing BMWED members across the Amtrak railroad will come together to forge new by-laws, elect officers and set up the finances for the new federation.

"With the solidarity and efficiencies flowing from one unified federation, BMWED members on Amtrak have sent a strong message that we need one system to serve the united interests of the membership and not be divided by five systems that waste resources and weaken solidarity," said BMWED Vice President Jed Dodd.

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