Constitution and Bylaws
BMWED Strike Benefits
Article XIX, section 19 of the Bylaws of the BMWED-IBT provide the following:
Pursuant to our "Union Shop and Dues Check-Off Agreement" with the Railroads, monthly BMWED dues are automatically deducted from employee earnings, however the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees will not or cannot begin to deduct dues without your express written consent.
Please complete and submit a Dues Deduction Authorization Form prior to the completion of your 60th day of railroad service. Your completed dues authorization form must be on file in our office before the BMWED will process your membership. Failure to submit this form in a timely manor will result in complications with your union status or an arrearage in your dues obligation.
Download and Print a Deduction Authorization form and instructions. Questions concerning the form should be referred to our offices.
View our current dues calculations. Dues calculations from preceding years can be viewed here
What do our monthly National Division dues pay for? View our National Division dues structure here.
Generate an annual dues receipt by logging on to the BMWED International web site and accessing the MEMBERS area, then clicking on "My Annual Dues Receipt".
Before producing the dues receipt, the BMWED system will:
1. check to make sure a December deduction for the railroad has gone through the rack, and
If the conditions are met the user will get a PDF version of the receipt to print (view example). If the conditions are not met they will receive a notification that their December deduction has not been processed.
BMWED Initiation Fee
Pursuant to Article XV, Sections 2 and 3 of the BMWED-IBT Bylaws, the initiation fee for newly hired members will be one hundred dollars ($100.00).
Article XV, Section 2 states:
“Initiations for new members shall be $100.00, the entire amount of which will be collected in every instance. No portions of this fee to be returned to applicant or any dispensation granted doing away with same except on roads, portions of the roads, or employers where there is no organization, where the BMWED has become depleted, where dual organizations hold contract or where the BMWED is being seriously threatened by new organizations.
New members paying their initiation fee in accordance with the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall be required to make application for membership by filing a membership request form* with the proper System Division or Federation office.”
Article XV, Section 3 states:
“Each member shall be required to pay all BMWED dues and assessments.”
Download More information about BMWED Initiation Fee
* the United Passenger Rail Federation uses the Dues Deduction Authorization Form as a request for membership application
BMWED Non-Working Dues
Amended Article XV, Section 3, Paragraph 3 of the BMWE Division Bylaws provides good-standing status during unemployment or sickness. View rate table here.
2015 Election of Officers - The American Arbitration Association counted the ballots for the 2015 Pennsylvania Federation elections. A total of 2,664 ballots were mailed to our membership, and 807 were returned. This translates to only 30% of our members choosing to participate in this democratic process.
Pennsylvania Federation Bylaws August 2011
Pennsylvania Federation Bylaws August 2007
Pennsylvania Federation Resolutions August 2007
BMWED Bylaws January 2010
BMWE Bylaws January 2005
BMWE - TEAMSTER Merger
Merger Activity – Post Boilermaker
Boilermaker Takeover - Round II
Boilermaker Takeover - Round I
Dues calculations from preceding years
* No change in dues formula
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