Unions in 2015 Round of National Bargaining*

*according to NRLC

 

Number of Workers                                                Percentage of Total

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Div.(SMART-TD)                                                                                                                           41,912                                                                                  29.00%

 

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWED)

                                                                                                                                                     26,885                                                                                 19.00%

 

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET

                                                                                                                                                      26,816                                                                                19.00%

 

Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC

                                                                                                                                                      10,955                                                                                  6.00%

 

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS

                                                                                                                                                        8,394                                                                                    6.00%

 

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM

                                                                                                                                                         7,506                                                                                   5.00%

 

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW

                                                                                                                                                          6,326                                                                                  4.00%

 

Transportation Communications International Union (TCU) 

                                                                                                                                                         6,206                                                                                   4.00%

 

National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (NCFO

                                                                                                                                                          2,805                                                                                   2.00%

 

American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) 

                                                                                                                                                          1,609                                                                                   1.00%

 

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Div. Yardmasters Dept. (SMART-TD-YDM) 

                                                                                                                                                           1,374                                                                                 1.00%

 

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) 

                                                                                                                                                            1,103                                                                                1.00%

 

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers and Helpers (IBB

                                                                                                                                                             580                                                                                  <1.00%

                      

                                                                                                                                      Total             142,471

 

NOTE: * Figures based on 11/3/14 data

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) also represents a small number of employees on one of the
participating railroads.

Some railroads/unions are in national handling for less than all subjects.

American Railways Supervisors Association (ARSA)


Railroads in National Bargaining

Railroads in National Negotiations – 2015 Round


Not only are unionized rail workers in the US divided into thirteen unions, several of these unions have merged into other unions.  This often makes it difficult for them to cooperate, in their members interests, with each other. Let's see if we can explain some of the convoluted mess.

The BLET and BMWED have merged into the Teamsters and now make up the Teamsters Rail Conference.

The BRC merged into the TCU which in turn merged into the IAM.

The NCFO merged into the SEIU and is now a district of SEIU Local 32BJ.

The Yardmasters merged into the UTU which merged with the SMWIA forming SMART.