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Railroad Division


  • John Mansker - Director of Railroad Division Services
  • Chris Browning - International Representative


The US Railroad Division was formed in 1969 at the Boilermakers Twenty-Third Consolidated Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The Division was formed to service solely those members employed in the Railroad industry in the United States.

Our members are employed by major Class I U.S. railroad companies, several commuter railroad companies, Amtrak, and several short line railroad companies. Railroad Boilermakers & Blacksmiths perform work on cars and locomotives, maintenance of way, and facilities. They service and repair locomotives, including wreck repair, and manufacture parts for locomotives and cars, including building snow plows, gear pans, and hundreds of other items used every day in the railroad industry. They also perform welding on tracks, work in reclamation plants, and perform general maintenance work.

Division Structure and Service

The division provides service to its members through a division director and division staff. Currently, the Railroad Division has 13 Lodges that are exclusively railroad lodges, plus ten lodges which are combined lodges, having both railroad members and members who work in other areas. The division has approximately 800 members employed in the craft and class of Boilermakers and in the craft and class of Blacksmiths. These members work for every major Class I Carrier.

The services provided to Railroad Division local lodges include assistance to Local Lodge secretary treasurers, as needed; appealing all claims and grievances through second, third, and fourth levels; negotiating all collective bargaining agreements; and arbitrating all issues, as required, to all members employed in the railroad industry in the United States.

The Railroad Division also negotiates collecting bargaining agreements for its members on a national basis with the National Carriers Conference Committee and with individual carriers, in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act.

Contract disputes are resolved in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act. We utilize the Second Division of the National Railroad Adjustment Board and Public Law Boards to expedite arbitration of these disputes. Expedited arbitration is sometimes handled through what is called “party pay boards,” with each party sharing in the cost.

The Railroad Division participates in the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO, in TTD’s Railroad Division. The TTD works closely with the Boilermakers Legislative office in Washington, D.C., on all legislative issues affecting Railroad Division members. TTD may be contacted at

888 16th St. N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20006

Contact Information

John Mansker
7010 Detonti Road
Bauxite, AR 72011
Office: (501) 317-5717

Chris Browning
1039 Big Branch
Harts, WV 25524
Office: (304) 634-9119

More Information

Benefits for Railroad Employees

Retirement Benefits

All members employed by U.S. Carriers are covered by the Railroad Retirement Act. The Railroad Retirement Board may be contacted at:

Railroad Retirement Board
884 Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Health and Welfare Benefits

Health and medical benefits for Railroad Division members and their dependents are provided by United Healthcare plan GA-23000. This is a national program which involves in and out of network benefits. Employees on certain carriers receive their medical benefits from hospital associations. Dependents of these employees receive their benefits from United Healthcare and not from the hospital association. During periods of unemployment, members are able to purchase medical coverage through United Healthcare under Policy GA-23111. This is a union-only plan that all of rail labor has provided for union members and their families. Additional information regarding this plan may be obtained by contacting United Healthcare.

United Healthcare
450 Columbus Blvd. 13 NA
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (800) 842-5252

Dental Benefits are Provided by Aetna.

7600 A. Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: (703) 903-7091

Mental Health and Substance Abuse benefits are provided by Value Options.

Value Options
3110 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703) 205-7321

Mail order and prescription drugs are provided by Medco Containment Services, Inc.

Medco Containment Systems, Inc.
100 Summit Ave.
Montvale, NJ 07645
Phone: (201) 358-5354

Sick and Accident Benefits

Sick and Accident Insurance is provided by UNUM. This policy affords members who are sick or injured approximately seventy percent (70%) of their pay when they are unable to work. UNUM may be contacted at

1 Fountain Square
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 642-5620

Other Information for Railroad Members


Railroad Division dues for 2018:

  • $27.05 Per Capita Tax
  • $34.35 Division Dues

Work Opportunities

Work opportunities for members employed as Railroad Boilermakers or Blacksmiths is good and there are very few lay-offs. As highly skilled workers, these members are, during the rare periods of lay-offs, able to find employment with other Boilermaker-represented industries, such as construction or shipbuilding. Individuals seeking work as Railroad Boilermakers or Blacksmiths should contact their nearest employment office or look up the particular carrier's web site. Many carriers accept applications through their Web sites.

Hourly Rates

The Average Straight Time Hourly Rate of pay (ASTHR) as of January 1, 2015 is $30.14 per hour (under the National Agreement for all Railroads who participate in the National Carriers Conference Committee with exception to Boilermakers employed by Norfolk Southern Railway Company, which as of January 1, 2015 is $30.11). Significant overtime work is available, affording these members a much higher earning potential. Differentials of $.25 and $.50 are paid in addition to the Straight Time Rate.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers’ Railroad Craft Scholarship Foundation Grant

Eligibility: Applicant must be a child of a member or deceased member of any craft associated with any railroad who has been accepted by an accredited school for admission, and needs financial assistance in order to attend college. Deadline for completed applications is May 1st. You can get an application online, or you can email to receive one in the mail.

Workers with Occupational Illnesses and Injuries

In the United States, some transportation industries, including railroads, never made legal provision for workers compensation. As a result, employees who develop occupational diseases must bring suit against their employer in an appropriate legal forum.

For information about your rights as an injured employee or family member, we recommend you visit the web site of Jones, Granger, Tramuto & Halstead (formerly Jones & Granger) of Houston, TX, the only attorneys approved and designated by all railroad labor unions. This web site contains valuable information on all types of injuries suffered as a result of employment, including traumatic injuries such as back injuries or broken bones; occupational exposures such as asbestosis and silicosis; repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; and other types of industrial exposure cases.

Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)

Railroad employees are not covered by state workers compensation laws. Instead, they are covered by the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), the Jones Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Act. The International Brotherhood has designated the following firms as counsel to represent its members who become injured or sick as a result of their employment in the railroad industry.

Kujawski & Associates LLC
1331 Park Plaza Drive, Suite 2
O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
Phone: (618) 622-3600
Toll-Free: (800) 624-4571
Fax: (618) 622-3700

Bremseth Law Firm
601 Carlson Parkway
Suite 995
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Toll-Free: (800) 545-3733
Phone: (952) 475-2800
Fax: (952) 475-3879
Field Representative: Dennis Beck
Cell: (641) 740-0536

Law Office of Chris Christy
201 W. Broadway Suite G12
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Phone: (501) 758-0278
Cell: (501) 454-3949
Fax: (501) 758-0278

Bob Marcus
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
125 North Buchanan
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Office: 618-659-9833 x4469
Cell: 618-363-6368

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