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Union Benefits for BRS Members
Aug 07, 2023

All workers benefit from unions because unions set pay standards and workplace protections. Union members, including workers like you, benefit most from the union's collective bargaining power to negotiate with employers on their behalf. This basic right gives you as a union member more power than if you tried to negotiate as an individual. 


HIGHER WAGES — Union members doing the work that we do make more money than workers not in unions.

HEALTH BENEFITS — Workers that belong to the BRS have better health insurance and benefits than workers not in the BRS.

VACATION TIME — While we all want more vacation time, workers that are not in unions do not have agreement guaranteed vacation time.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE — By being in the BRS, railroads cannot simply terminate you or deny you overtime or other benefits. The Grievance Procedures is our recourse for protecting our rights and benefits.

SENIORITY — By being a BRS member, the railroad cannot just assign who it wants to a job. This also guarantees a BRS member’s right to overtime and vacation preference.

SCOPE RULE — Being a BRS member ensures that work belonging to Signalmen is not performed by other workers, outside contractors, or management.

OVERTIME PROVISIONS — Most BRS members have overtime provisions in their agreement ensuring pay at time and one half for work outside of working hours.

A SAFER WORKPLACE — The BRS has fought hard over the years to have life-saving regulations put in place, including Roadway Worker Rules. The Railroad is a safer workplace today because of unions advocating for safety.

A SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR WORKPLACE — Railroads cannot simply come in and impose their will, but instead must negotiate changes to the agreement with the Union.

RAILROAD RETIREMENT — The BRS actively fights to ensure our retirement system remains in place. BRS members can retire with a full pension at age 60 with 30 years of service, which includes a spousal benefit much higher than Social Security.


  • Union employees make an average of 30% more than non-union workers.
  • 92% of union workers have job-related health coverage versus 68% of non-union workers.
  • Union workers are more likely to have guaranteed pensions than non-union employees.
  • Unions help protect employees from unjust dismissal through collective bargaining agreements.

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
917 Shenandoah Shores Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
  (540) 622-6522

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