April 16, 2014

Online open enrollment ends Nov. 2

Railroad employees covered under National Railway Carriers/UTU Health and Welfare Plan or the Railroad Employees’ National Health and Welfare Plan will begin receiving notification of the online open enrollment period that began Oct. 1, 2013, and ends Nov. 2, 2013. The information should be specific to the current enrollment for you and your eligible dependents. [...]

Flu season is here, shots covered by RR Medicare

It’s that time again. Flu season is upon us and the flu shot is available to be taken now. There are between 135 and 139 million vaccinations available this year. Medicare Part B (including Railroad Medicare) normally pays for one flu shot per flu season. There are two ways to take the vaccine – by [...]

Bay area rails to host 6th annual reunion lunch

Retired conductor John Herrmann of Local 694 invites all active and retired railroaders in the San Francisco Bay area to the sixth annual lunch and reunion from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 Fourth St. in Berkeley, Calif. The cost of lunch, dessert, beverage, tax and tip is $35 in [...]

RRB offices remain open, conferences canceled

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has announced that during the lapse in federal funding for certain government operations which began Oct. 1, ongoing benefit payments will continue and all RRB offices are expected to remain open. RRB field offices, operating with reduced staffs, may also accept new claims for unemployment and sickness benefits, but [...]

RRB unemployment, sickness benefits to increase

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Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will reduce railroad unemployment and sickness insurance benefits by 7.2 percent due to federal budget cuts first implemented in March 2013. The original reduction had been 9.2 percent since March. The adjusted reduction amount is based on revised projections of benefit claims and payments under [...]

RRB benefit reductions by retirement age

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Railroad retirement benefits are subject to reduction if an employee with less than 30 years of service retires before attaining full retirement age. While employees with less than 30 years of service may still retire at age 62, the age at which full retirement benefits are payable has been gradually increasing since the year 2000, [...]

RRB issues financial report

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The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is required by law to submit annual financial reports to Congress on the financial condition of the railroad retirement system and the railroad unemployment insurance system. These reports must also include recommendations for any financing changes which may be advisable in order to ensure the solvency of the systems. In [...]

TTD asks lawmakers to restore RRB benefits

The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO has written letters to all members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives asking them to restore full unemployment and sickness benefits to Railroad Retirement beneficiaries whose benefits have been reduced due to the sequestration. As a result of the March 1, 2013, sequestration, sick and [...]

Railroad Medicare is Part B Medicare for retirees

Palmetto GBA is reminding railroad retirees that Railroad Medicare Part B provides coverage for services such as doctors’ visits, ambulance transports, lab tests and some supplies. Benefits are the same for eligible individuals, whether eligibility is through Railroad Retirement or Social Security. Railroad Medicare is funded by a portion of Railroad Retirement Tier I and [...]

RRB’s Barrows: ‘We are entitled…we worked for it’

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On July 29, Railroad Retirement Board Labor Member Walt Barrows addressed attendees at the SMART Transportation Division’s Anaheim, Calif., regional meeting. He spoke about the beginnings of the RRB, pensions and retirement plans, attacks on workers in both the public and private sectors. “We are entitled because we worked for it. We are entitled because [...]