October 21, 2014

Healthcare open enrollment online until Nov. 1

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Railroad employees covered under National Railway Carriers/UTU Health and Welfare Plan or the Railroad Employees’ National Health and Welfare Plan were mailed a notification of the online open enrollment period that began Oct. 1, 2014, and ends Nov. 1, 2014. The information should be specific to the current enrollment for you and your eligible dependents. [...]

FRA issues guidance memorandum on EO 28

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The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a guidance memorandum for Emergency Order 28, which seeks to prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally. The memorandum has been sent to all Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) members and alternates. Hardcopies will be provided at the emergency RSAC meeting scheduled for Aug. 29 and a detailed [...]

New website is gateway to rail health benefits

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A new and improved site – www.yourtracktohealth.com – replaces the previous Railroad Information Depot (www.rrinfodepot.com). Bookmark the new website address for easy future access: www.yourtracktohealth.com. The new yourtracktohealth.com is your online gateway to information, tools and resources about your health and welfare benefits to help you: Explore your benefits Enroll in and manage your coverage [...]

“Nurse line” offers answers to medical questions

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Members covered by Aetna, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield or UnitedHealthcare seeking information about treatment options, chronic conditions or answers to other health-related questions can call a “nurse line” for answers 24 hours a day, every day. This free service can help you with losing weight, managing stress, quitting tobacco and much more. More importantly, [...]

SMART will boost UTUIA financial strength

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By UTU International President Mike Futhey –  Congratulations go to Art Rayner, the United Transportation Union Insurance Association’s man of the year for 2011. Art Rayner Art was recognized for his sales and leadership performance – attributes that helped propel the UTUIA last year to one of its strongest financial performances. The competition Art faced [...]

Conductor certification now a reality

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WASHINGTON – It’s now official. Conductor certification, mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, became effective Jan. 1. In a final rule, published by the Federal Railroad Administration Nov. 9, railroads were ordered to implement, by Jan. 1, a formal training program for certifying conductors and a formal process for training prospective conductors, thus [...]