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Unions Are Your Voice in the Workplace

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen aims to promote the interests and general welfare of our members; to provide methods for relief of sickness and distress; to inculcate the principles of trade unionism and unity, that members may secure the recognition of rights to which they are justly entitled; to advance and elevate the profession of railroad signaling; to educate our members that their happiness, prosperity, and general well-being may be enhanced; to perpetuate itself on the basis of truth, justice, and brotherly love; and to provide laws for its government.


The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), established in 1901, is a nationally recognized trade union that represents over 10,000 railroad signal employees throughout the United States and Canada. These professionals play a crucial role in the safety and efficiency of rail systems by installing, repairing, and maintaining signaling systems, including warning mechanisms at railroad-highway intersections.

The diverse responsibilities of Signalmen range from constructing and upgrading signal systems to conducting regular inspections and ensuring prompt restoration of railroad operations in case of issues. They work tirelessly, even under challenging weather conditions, to maintain the safety and smooth functioning of the nation's railroads.

To carry out their roles effectively, Signalmen undergo extensive training both on-the-job and through formal apprenticeship programs. These programs cover federal regulations governing railroad signal systems, as well as essential subjects such as railroad operations, electricity, electronics, and mechanics. Following an apprenticeship period of up to four years, employees achieve journeyman status, with many further receiving advanced training in computer technology and modern electronic circuitry.

The BRS operates under a structure similar to many unions, with local lodges that represent members employed by specific railroads or divisions. These lodges elect officers, establish bylaws, and hold regular meetings to address member concerns and local affairs. Delegates from the local lodges participate in the BRS's conventions, where crucial decisions and policy settings are determined. The current President of the BRS is Michael S. Baldwin, with James M. Finnegan serving as the Secretary-Treasurer.

The BRS is headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia, with local offices across every region, and represents the majority of signal employees on both freight and passenger railroads, including commuter lines. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and the Transportation Trades Department, underscoring its robust connection within the labor movement.


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If you are looking for employment, check the Railroad Retirement Board listings for employment opportunities in your craft. If nothing is available or you want to be notified of an update of their employment listing, you can register to be automatically notified by email of any changes.

Below are links to various railroad company sites that offer information or listings for job openings. If you have any information on employment opportunities for Signalmen please send to signalman@brs.org.


Balfour Beatty


Canadian National

Canadian Pacific


CSX Transportation

Denver Transit Operators

      Genesee & Wyoming

Federal Railroad Administration

Keolis Commuter Service 

Long Island Rail Road

Metra Rail

Norfolk Southern

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

TransitAmerica Services 
Please email your resume to: jobs@herzog.com or visit our website at https://herzogtransit.hiretouch.com/careers/transit-job-search

Please email your resume to marlon.soto@transdev.com

Union Pacific

Page Last Updated: Jan 23, 2024 (06:48:36)
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
917 Shenandoah Shores Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
  (540) 622-6522

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