April 23, 2014

Previsich elevated to UTU No. 2 post

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John Previsich has been elevated from International vice president to assistant president by the UTU Board of Directors, succeeding Arty Martin, who retires Sept. 1. UTU International President Mike Futhey said of Martin’s departure, “It is difficult to lose a talent like Arty Martin with all the institutional knowledge he has gained through his years [...]

Affordable Care Act eliminates many copays

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UTU members with questions on how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their families should visit the websites of their health care insurance carriers. For UTU members covered under the national railroad medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits plans, links to your health insurance providers’ websites can be found at [...]

One-stop web address for rail health care info

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Railroad employees and/or their eligible dependents covered under the national railroad medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits plans may now find information about those benefits on a single web page. The Railroad Information Depot webpage address is www.rrinfodepot.com  Note that this web site pertains only to the nationally negotiated railroad health and welfare plans. If you [...]

Healthier lifestyle, longer life a mouse click away

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Small can be big – especially when “small” is small lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, more exercise, a reduction in alcohol consumption, and kicking a tobacco habit. Such lifestyle changes, say health care experts, may lead to “big” health improvements and a happier you. Americans spend more on health care than in any other industrialized [...]

UTU pact sweet as health care premiums soar

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The UTU’s ratified national rail contract – locking in for six years a $200 monthly health care insurance premium — is looking even more attractive following a Kaiser Family Foundation study showing health care costs and health care premiums are rocketing into space. Nationally, the average monthly premium for family health care insurance through an employer [...]

House Republicans propose sharp Amtrak cuts

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WASHINGTON – House Republicans are supporting a budget plan that Amtrak says will eliminate all state-supported Amtrak service nationwide beginning Oct. 1 — the start of a new federal fiscal year. Fifteen states currently provide Amtrak with subsidies in exchange for Amtrak operating additional intercity trains in their states that transport nine million passengers annually. The [...]

Negotiators speak out on national rail contract

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Former International President Tom DuBose(1991-1995) Having served as a member and as chairperson of UTU national negotiating committees, and as a UTU International officer for 28 years, I found that the failure to reach an agreement on the national level carries the risk of having third party recommendations placed in effect by Congress. In my [...]

National rail contract ballots in mail

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Voting packages for the tentative national rail contract were mailed Friday, Aug. 12, to UTU members eligible to vote. The balloting period will extend for 21 days to 4 p.m., Eastern time, Friday, Sept. 2. Voting will be by craft under the craft-autonomy provisions of the UTU Constitution. Crafts voting will be brakeman, conductor, engineer, [...]

National rail contract delivers ‘more, now’

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AFL founder Samuel Gompers said the objective of labor is, “more, now.” Our national rail agreement fulfills that objective. In an economic environment that has our brothers and sisters in other industries in a vice grip of difficult times, our agreement delivers more than just a 17 percent wage increase, a 6½-year cap on health [...]