April 16, 2014

SMART TD partners with KUMC in hearing loss study

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Sixty percent of the U.S. population has hearing loss and most of those incidences are the result of exposure to noise. The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and the SMART Transportation Division have launched a partnership that could benefit you if you are suffering from this disability. The partnership between KUMC and the SMART [...]

RRB: Compensation subject to tax to increase in 2014

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The amounts of compensation subject to railroad retirement tier I and tier II payroll taxes will increase in 2014, while the tier I and tier II tax rates will remain the same on both railroad employers and employees, the Railroad Retirement Board announced. Also, railroad unemployment insurance contribution rates paid by employers will not include [...]

Former general chairperson Tim Smith dies

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Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, for Timothy J. Smith, 66, who died Nov. 28 after a hard fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Smith worked 30 years as an engineer for Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain, Ohio, with 22 of those years serving as general chairperson. He was a member of the former UTU [...]

RRB explains dual benefit payments

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The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by entitlement to social security benefits, as well as certain other government benefits. Such dual entitlement, if not reported to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), can result in benefit overpayments that have to be repaid, sometimes with interest and penalties. The following questions and answers [...]

Early rail retiree insurance cap rises in 2014

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UTU members and their dependents insured under the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit (ERMA) Plan (GA-46000) will have their lifetime maximum amount of coverage increased, effective Jan. 1. ERMA is a comprehensive benefits plan for employees who retire at or after age 60 with 30 years of service. The plan covers qualified [...]

A railroad dinosaur is coming back to life

It’s been sitting around in Pomona for nearly 53 years, but now the beast they call Big Boy is making tracks for Wyoming. Officially known as Union Pacific steam engine No. 4014, the locomotive has been parked at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona since 1962, a displaced piece of the past. Read the complete [...]

Thirty Ore. retirees to be honored at party

Thirty operating employees from Union Pacific Railroad in the La Grande, Ore., area, who retired or left employment on disability in the last year, will be honored at a retirement party Nov. 23, SMART Transportation Division Local Chairperson Larry Romine reports. The 30 members of both the SMART TD and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers [...]

Cleveland railroad workers win 44-year-old suit

After a legal battle that dragged on for more than four decades, a group of Cleveland railroad workers and their heirs will be sharing a multi-million-dollar award. ideastream’s David C. Barnett says it’s the surprising conclusion of a story that has its roots in the rise and fall of a corporate giant. It was six [...]

SSA, RRB benefits to rise by only 1.5 percent

WASHINGTON – Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year, the government announced Wednesday. The increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. It is small because consumer prices haven’t gone up much in the past year. Read the complete story at the Associated [...]

SMART TD travel agency has two trips on horizon

Landfall Travel, the official travel agency of the UTU Alumni Association, is offering two trips to Transportation Division members and retirees in the coming year. The first offering is an Alaskan cruise aboard the Golden Princess. This eight-day cruise leaves from Seattle, Wash., July 19, 2014, and features time spent cruising Glacier Bay National Park [...]