The attached chart shows how bargaining works under the Railway Labor Act (RLA). The process prescribed by law for railroads and unions like ours is much different than what is experienced by unions under the National Labor Relations Act. The entire process is designed to avoid disruptions to commerce (whether by strikes or lockouts). Download: RLA-Collective-Bargaining-Chart.pdf
Link to our original, January 17th article regarding the initial scheduling of negotiations with the NCCC. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement of the negotiations described in this article.
While the railroads on which our Burlington System Division members work were not included, BMWED did push to try and get several railroads to commit to single-carrier bargaining. More information on the reasons for this can be found in the linked National Division article.
This article regards BNSF's November 1, 2020 Section 6 Notice to BMWED to begin National Bargaining. Attached to the original article are a copy of BNSF's notice, as well as a chart describing the process laid our in the RLA for collective bargaining.
Attached is a .pdf file showing the results of BMWED's survey of its members for issues important to them regarding the 2020 round of National Bargaining. Download: 2020 Negotiations Survey Results.pdf