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Welcome to the Burlington System Division Website!

Welcome to the Website for the Burlington System Division! The Burlington System Division, also known as the "Q" or the "old Q", is part of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED), which is itself a Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and a member of the IBT Rail Conference . Our nickname comes from the name of a former railroad which our System Division represented, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CBQ) Railroad. While the CBQ is now gone, having merged into the current BNSF Railway, our System Division still proudly represents members working on 7 railroads and across 13 states in the Great Plains and Great Lakes regions of our country.


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Click the appropriate icon to access the online form!

Using the online forms will send your information directly to our Burlington System Division office in Hastings. From there our staff will process the submission.

Be as detailed as possible in your statements!

Remember that we need this information as soon as possible to begin investigating and writing a successful claim!

If listing potential Claimants, be sure to include their current position or seniority information!

Upcoming Events
Lodge 800 Meeting
Oct 21, 2020
Paul & Jack's Tavern, 1808 Clay St., North Kansas City, MO
Lodge 1351 Meeting
Oct 21, 2020
Lunchroom at the 38th Street Yard Office 260 E. 44th Ave. Denver, CO
Lodge 42 Officer Election Meeting
Oct 23, 2020
Bella Vista Banquets, 205 Main Street Bensenville, IL
Lodge 1108 Meeting
Nov 05, 2020
Arrow Hotel, Broken Bow, NE
Lodge 1142 Officer Election Meeting
Nov 14, 2020
1st State Bank, Guernsey, WY
What's New at BMWED
Electronic copy of the BMWED Journal available now!
An electronic copy of the BMWED Journal, the Newsletter for our Union, is available now on This issue contains updates from across our union, and highlights the results of our recent Quadrennial Convention! Check it out today! Read More...
Brother Joa Sasser
Brothers and Sisters, I regret to inform you that Brother Joa Sasser, former member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1142, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020. OBITUARY Joa L. Sasser, age 46 of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Joa was born on November 2, 1973 in Laramie, Wyoming to Stephen F. and Janith D. Sasser. Read More...
Agreements updated with Bookmarks!
We just finished updating the .pdf files for each of the Agreements currently in effect on our members' railroads to include bookmarks. Now, instead of scrolling through pages of text to find the Rule you want to look up, you can click the appropriate bookmark and jump right to that page! This way, referring to your Agreement is faster and easier. Read More...
Railroad Unemployment & Sickness Benefits during Sequestration
From the Railroad Retirement Board at, September 2020: Under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and a subsequent sequestration order to implement mandated cuts, railroad unemployment and sickness insurance benefits are reduced by a set percentage that is subject to revision at the beginning of each fiscal year. Starting October 1, 2020, the U.S. Read More...
BNSF RSG Shutdown Update
BNSF RSG SHUTDOWN ANNOUNCEMENTS This information is current as of October 5, 2020, but is always subject to change. Read More...
Bargaining Update! October 1, 2020
- From the National Division at -  The BMWED/SMART-MD Coalition received bargaining position presentations via web conference from the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) on September 30, 2020; the Coalition also provided a general reaction to the NCCC proposals and repeated the Coalition positions on pay, benefits and work rules. Read More...
A Tripp Machine operated by one of our BNSF members, installing concrete ties
An LS&I member cutting a rail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
A B&B Blacksmith at work on BNSF's Ft. Madison swingspan bridge
Members at work near Lincoln, NE (Cushman)
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