August 1, 2014

Are you eligible for death, dismemberment insurance?

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Active and retired railroad employees covered under The Railroad Employees’ National Health and Welfare Plan or The NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan may be eligible for Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefits from MetLife. For eligible active employees, the death benefit is in most cases $20,000, and there may be an additional AD&D benefit [...]

Federal income tax and Railroad Retirement benefits

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The following questions and answers describe the tax statements issued by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) each January for federal income tax purposes. Railroad retirement beneficiaries needing information about these statements, or about tax withholding from their benefits, should contact an office of the RRB. For further federal income tax information, railroad retirement beneficiaries should [...]

RRB announces pre-retirement seminars

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Railroad employees and their spouses closing in on retirement will be able to learn the latest benefit information and application requirements as part of a new program announced by Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Walter A. Barrows. Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years, the new Pre-Retirement [...]

When Railroad Medicare pays first or second

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When Medicare began in the 1960s, it was the primary payer for all services except those covered by workers compensation. In 1980, Congress enacted provisions to shift costs from the Medicare program to private insurers, when possible. This legislation stopped Medicare from making payment if the payment had already been made, or would be expected [...]

Retired general chairperson L.L. Nelson dies

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Lewis Lavon Nelson, 74, retired general chairperson of former Union Pacific General Committee of Adjustment GO 957 (Northwest District), died Jan. 10 from complications related to lung cancer. A member of SMART Transportation Division Local 1574 at Portland, Ore., Nelson retired Sept. 1, 2001, following 35 years of continuous membership and railroad service. He assumed [...]

After 90 years, no more Corgiats aboard

On the first day of November, Bruce Corgiat tried to log on to the Union Pacific Railroad’s employee web page just as he’d done most other mornings. “They’d already blocked me,” he said. Wow, that was quick. On Halloween, Bruce officially retired from the railroad, as did his father and three brothers before him. But [...]

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 [...]