BMWED members should have the right to vote for our officers.

We want to build a union that involves members, stands up to carriers and wins good contracts. Holding direct elections will give rank and file members a voice in the union and allow us to hold our leaders accountable.

Petition: Direct Elections for the BMWED

BMWED members should have the right to vote for our representatives.

We want to build a union that involves members, stands up to carriers and wins good contracts. Holding direct elections will give rank and file members a voice in the union and allow us to hold our leaders accountable.

Petition: Direct Elections for the BMWED

About Our Campaign

1 Member 1 Vote for a Strong BMWED is a campaign led by rank and file members to change our bylaws to allow for direct election of union officers.

Currently all national officers as well as officers in most systems are elected by the delegates who attend union conventions, not by the members at large. 

That means that BMWED members have no say in who is bargaining our contracts and handling our claims. We want to change that.

To win direct elections, delegates will need to vote at their System Convention to change their bylaws to allow for direct election of system officers and at the National Convention to allow for direct election of national officers.

While the next National Convention is in 2026, Conventions in the Burnor, Burlington System, and Allied Federation are coming up this year.

Make Our Union Stronger

“Holding direct elections is a step towards building a union that involves the members, stands up to the carriers, and wins good contracts.”
Deven Mantz, Lodge 1326, BurNor, Minot, ND

Fight for Members

"We need officers who are accountable to membership. We are fighting for direct elections so we can elect officers who fight for the members and take on the railroad companies."
Matt Mortensen, Lodge 2403, ATSFF, Kansas City, MO

Make Our Union Stronger

“Holding direct elections is a step towards building a union that involves the members, stands up to the carriers, and wins good contracts.”
Deven Mantz, Lodge 1326, BurNor, Minot, ND

Fight for Members

"We need officers who are accountable to membership. We are fighting for direct elections so we can elect officers who fight for the members and take on the railroad companies."
Matt Mortensen, Lodge 2403, ATSFF, Kansas City, MO

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