April 20, 2014

Deal reached on same-sex couple dependent benefits

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Rail labor organizations and rail management through the National Carriers Conference Committee have reached an accord to extend medical, dental and vision benefits to same-sex couple spouses, effective Jan. 1, 2014. The plans affected are the National Railway Carriers/UTU Health and Welfare Plan, the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan, the Early Retirement Health [...]

Single-person train crew operations must be stopped

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By Mike Futhey, SMART Transportation Division President –  The events that unfolded July 6 in the Canadian province of Quebec, where a runaway train exploded and killed 47 people in the city of Lac-Megantic, weigh on the minds of an assortment of people whose lives were touched, directly or indirectly. On that grizzly evening, a dark [...]

Help needed for our UTU hurricane victims

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated families in the Northeast, we again are reminded we are a nation of one people. Just as we see President Obama, a Democrat, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, working together to address the needs of those suffering, UTU members can collectively do our part by [...]

UTU seeks arbitration with Great Lakes Airlines

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The airline industry is in a sorry state of affairs. From the bungled merger of U.S. Airways with America West in 2006 to the recent efforts of American Airlines to use the bankruptcy process to cancel its union contracts, the industry is attempting to return to profitability at the expense of its employees. The take-it-or-leave-it [...]

Medicare and ambulance services

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Ambulances transport critically ill or injured passengers to hospitals every day. They also take patients with non-emergency conditions to hospitals, critical access hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and other medical facilities to treat serious health conditions.  Some of these transports are scheduled in advance, and some are not. Both emergency and non-emergency ambulance services [...]

Medco, Express Scripts now combined

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Medco and Express Scripts are now one company managing the prescription benefit for those whose health care plans include Express Scripts or Medco. You should continue to refill your prescriptions as you normally would by using your current prescription drug ID card, member ID number, mail-order refill forms, www.medco.com, and the toll-free member services telephone [...]

Great Lakes Airlines pilots ask mediation release

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After 53 fruitless mediated bargaining sessions stretching over almost three years between United Transportation Union-represented pilots and Great Lakes Airlines, the union has asked the National Mediation Board to declare an impasse in the talks, release the parties from mediation and make a proffer of binding arbitration. Great Lakes Airlines pilots are members of United [...]

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 [...]