August 1, 2014

Members invited to join Omaha Labor Day Parade

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The SMART Transportation Division’s Nebraska State Legislative Board is once again organizing participation in Omaha’s annual Labor Day parade Monday, Sept. 1, and SMART members from Omaha and surrounding areas are invited to take part. The festivities begin Sunday at 5 p.m., when the board will hold a “membership feed” at the Sheet Metal Workers’ [...]

Former Auxiliary President Edythe Walter dies

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Edythe Mae Walter, former International president of the Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014. She was 78.  She is survived by her husband, Bob Walter, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 22. They also shared their birth date of April, 28, 1936. She is also [...]

Group seeks donations to bring NP caboose home

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In the sleepy and quaint town of Vermilion, Ohio, along the shores of Lake Erie, where boats are docked and buoyed along the water’s edge and early 20th century Victorian architecture still abounds, there will be a homecoming. Nickel Plate Caboose #1155 is coming home! However, she needs your help to make it back. The [...]

Time to act on two-person rail crews is now!

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Members of the SMART Transportation Division and all of rail labor are reminded that they have the opportunity to make it federal law to have two qualified persons working on all freight trains operating in the United States a reality. Now is the time to contact your legislators in the House of Representatives and ask [...]

RRB announces additional pre-retirement seminars

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Additional locations have now been added to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s (RRB) schedule of Pre-Retirement Seminars for railroad employees and their spouses. Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years or less, the seminars will familiarize attendees with the retirement benefits available to them, and also guide them through the [...]

Videos embody theme of ‘Strong, Proud, United’

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The theme of the SMART Transportation Division’s Convention in San Diego, Calif., June 30-July 2, was “Strong, Proud, United,” and videos were presented to the delegates and attendees each day during the convention that embodied those concepts. SMART Transportation members from around the country appear in the videos and, in their own words, express their [...]

Annual San Luis Obispo/UP barbecue is Aug. 2

The San Luis Obispo Annual Union Pacific Railroad Barbecue will be held Saturday, August 2, at 1 p.m. at Cuesta Park, located at 2400 Loomis St. This barbecue is a joint event sponsored by UP, SMART Transportation Division Local 98 at San Luis Obispo and SMART Transportation Local 240 at Los Angeles. All current, former and [...]

Benefits for Railroad Retirement employees

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The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to work; and sickness benefits for those who are unable to work because of sickness or injury. Sickness benefits are also payable [...]

TD’s June paper to be published after convention

The June 2014 issue of the SMART Transportation Division News will be published following the proceedings of the First SMART Transportation Division Convention June 30-July 2. Publishing the newspaper after the convention will allow the Transportation Division to provide its members and readers with fresh and updated coverage of the convention proceedings. The combined July/August [...]

Year begins July 1 for RRB unemployment benefits

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A new benefit year under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act begins July 1, 2014. The maximum daily benefit rate payable for claims under this Act increases to $70 in the new benefit year. Benefits are normally paid for the number of days of unemployment or sickness over four in 14-day registration periods, so maximum benefits [...]