Monday, September 14, 2009

BMWED system federations merge

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The governing bodies of the Consolidated Rail System Federation and the Nickel Plate - Wheeling & Lake Erie Federation, of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division finalized a merger between the two federations. The newly merged federation will retain the name, Consolidated Rail System Federation.

The Consolidated Rail System Federation will now represent more than 2,200 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and will continue to maintain an office in Port Clinton, Ohio.

CRSF General Chairman Bradley Winter was elected to head the newly merged and reorganized federation. Former NPW&LE General Chairman Paul Beard will continue to serve the CRSF as vice chairman.

The Consolidated Rail System Federation now represents maintenance-of-way workers who build, construct, inspect and maintain railroad tracks, bridges, buildings and equipment for CSX, NS, Amtrak, CN/Grand Trunk, Conrail, Springfield Terminal, MBCR and the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroads from the coast of Maine west to St. Louis.

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