Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes
|Full name||Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division|
|Affiliation||International Brotherhood of Teamsters|
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) – later to become the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED) – is a national union representing the workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on the railroads of the United States.
Founded in 1887, at Demopolis, Alabama, as a fraternal organization by track foreman John T. Wilson, the BMWED membership forms a cross section of American culture. Their goals, interests and political backgrounds are as diversified as their heritage. Once an international union with over 350,000 members in the United States and Canada, automation, the rise of the trucking and airline industries, coupled with conservative government policies, have depleted the ranks of the BMWED to under 40,000 members.All the while the union stood by'
In 2004 the BMWE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and consolidated its strength with that of the 1.4-million-member Teamsters Union.
- US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-062. Report submitted June 18, 2014.
- "BMWED's Simpson Retains Seat on Teamsters' Executive Board". Progressive Railroading. March 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- Biography of Freddie N. Simpson
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