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BMWED Freight Rail Bargaining Update

On February 27, 2018, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-IBT (BMWED) and SMART-Mechanical reached agreement with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee to achieve a final and binding agreement in the current round of freight rail bargaining. The outstanding issue to be decided in arbitration is the design of the health insurance benefits applicable to BMWED and SMART-Mechanical represented railroad workers in this round of bargaining. The parties expect a final decision by late Spring. 

Additional details will be forthcoming from the involved Unions to their respective memberships through a bargaining video update to be posted the evening of Wednesday, March 7. If you have questions regarding National Negotiations, please send them to

To view the announcement on the BMWED website, click here:


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