Welcome to the Rail Conference web page. We hope
this website will serve as a source of information
on the latest developments in the Conference.
Conference coordinates activities on behalf of
members within the rail industry in the United
States, including all members of the former
International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
(IBLE) and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way
Employes (BMWE) in the United States, and any rail
union with independent jurisdiction that may merge
with the IBT in the future.
On January 1,
2004, the members of the IBLE became Teamsters
after 81 percent of the IBLE members voting in
favor of a merger. The IBLE then became known as
the BLET (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and
Trainmen) and is the first craft division within
the Rail Conference. The
represents all locomotive engineers, trainmen and
related operating personnel.
affiliates in Canada are a part of the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
On October 27,
2004, the members of the BMWE voted by a 76
percent majority to merge with the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters. The BMWE will now be
known as the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way
Employes Division (BMWED) and is the second craft
division within the Rail Conference. The
BMWED members build, maintain, inspect and
repair the railroad tracks, bridges and related
structures throughout North America.