2018 BMWED 4th Regular National Convention Closes
Members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) convened in Las Vegas today to open their Fourth Regular Convention. As a tribute to the U.S. flag, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 36 in Boulder City, Nevada, presented the colors and the convention delegates were treated to having Justin Blankenship, a member from the ASF federation, sing the National Anthem.
With over 300 delegates attending, the opening was highlighted by an address from the mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, who reminded everyone how much they depend on rail services to bring in goods for all the hospitality work required for the many hotels which have thousands of hotel rooms filled with conventioneers every week. “This is a unique city, built by union labor. We welcome you,” Goodman said.
Delegates representing 24,000 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) re-elected Freddie Simpson as their national president during the second day of their Fourth Regular Convention. Elections were also held for Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Presidents and Executive Board members. David D. Joynt was elected as Secretary-Treasurer and will serve with Simpson for the next four years.
President Simpson received 16,535 votes for top office of the Brotherhood. BMWED Burlington Northern Vice Chairman J