The Burlington Northern System Federation (BURNOR) of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of
Way Employes is a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In October 2004,
the rank and file members of the Brother of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) voted by
a 76% majority to join the Teamster Rail Conference. In doing so, the Teamsters Union now
represents 42% of all unionized rail employees in the States.
The BURNOR System Federation covers the former Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and
Spokane, Seattle, and Portland Railroads as they existed prior to the 1970 merger that formed
the original Burlington Northern Railroad. We also represent maintenance employees on the
Montana Rail Link.
Our System employs six System Officers: a General Chairman and a Vice Chairman/SecretaryTreasurer
located in Minneapolis, and four Vice General Chairmen located across the system
in Fargo, ND, Laurel, MT, Spokane, WA, and Castle Rock, WA. Officer jobs are all full-time
positions and are subject to election every four years. Officers are elected by representative
vote from the local lodges. There are also two administrative support positions in Minneapolis
which are not subject to election.
BURNOR has 30 local lodges located across the system. Each local has officers that are elected.
The officer titled "Local Chairman" is comparable to what would be a shop steward in other
Our goal is to maintain open communication between the members and the full-time officers
of this organization. We fight for better working conditions, fair wages, safety in the
workplace, job security, and benefits.
To familiarize you with the BMWED, the services it provides, and the benefits available to you
as a member, we are providing you with this packet of useful information. The System Officers
look forward to assisting you in any way they can. Please feel free to contact any Officer with
your questions or concerns.
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