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PRESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE

Together, we mourn the deaths of those we’ve lost already in 2009, and the seven struck and killed in 2008, and all those roadway workers 42 in all who have perished in preventable on-track safety Accidents since 1997. But mourning the loss of our Brothers and friends is not enough. We must honor their memory and their sacrifice by standing up and committing to each other that we will end this tragic cycle of death and sorrow. Read More

BROTHER PASSES AWAY

The BMWED is sad to announce the death of Brother Bob Williamson who passed away January 2, 2009 at the age of 84. Brother Williamson, a resident of Grosse Point, MI, previously served on staff at Grand Lodge as Associate Editor of the BMWE Journal. Brother Williamson was born July 25, 1924 in Wilkes – Barre, PA. He was the high school class valedictorian and graduated from King’s College also in Wilkes –Barre. Brother Williamson served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. He became a member of Consolidated Rail System Federation Local Lodge 427 on August 1, 1963 and held the position of Associate Editor of the BMWE Journal from 1963 until his retirement in 1987.

Brother Williamson, a devout Catholic, was a skilled figure skater and enjoyed tennis. He also enjoyed gardening and opera. “For quarter of a century Brother Williamson performed a valuable service for the members of the BMWE, Robert J. “Bob” Williamson Deceased for which we are grateful,” said BMWED National Division President Freddie Simpson. “Brother Williamson will be missed.” Brother Williamson is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen; sons, Michael and John; and seven grandchildren.

RAIL SAFETY BILL and AMTRAK FUNDING

Crucial revisions of federal rail safety
statutes were signed into law on
October 16, 2008. The first omnibus rail safety legislation since 1970, the 315- page Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) also contains an Amtrak re-authorization and authorization for expenditures on expanded high-speed rail operations.

The RSIA builds on the work of the BMWED and other rail labor Organizations that, along with the leadership of Cong. James Oberstar (D-Minnesota), Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Read more