July 22, 2014

RRB acts for impaired beneficiaries

The Railroad Retirement Board’s policy is that every annuitant has the right to manage his or her own benefits. However, when physical or mental impairments make a railroad retirement annuitant incapable of properly handling benefit payments, or where the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) determines that the interests of the annuitant so require, the RRB can [...]

Planning to retire? We have some answers

If you are planning to retire in the coming months, you are sure to have concerns and many more questions. Understanding retirement benefits, Medicare and Medigap – and, especially, assuring you obtain all you are entitled to – is no simple task. There is help, however, and the UTU can help you. Many of your [...]

RR jobless, sickness benefits rising

The maximum daily benefit rate payable for claims under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act increases to $66 from $64 in the new benefit year, which begins July 1, reports the Railroad Retirement Board. Benefits are normally paid for the number of days of unemployment or sickness over four in 14-day registration periods, so maximum benefits [...]

RRB benefits subject to age reductions

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 sickness, jobless benefits update

A new benefit year for jobless and sickness benefits under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act begins July 1, 2010, the Railroad Retirement Board reports. Administered by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), this law provides two kinds of benefits for qualified railroaders: unemployment benefits for those who become unemployed but are ready, willing and able to [...]

RRB explains retiree benefits

Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than Social Security benefits, especially for career employees. The following questions and answers show the differences in railroad retirement and social security benefits payable at the close [...]

UTU opposes taxing health care benefits

WASHINGTON – The UTU and 30 other trade unions have jointly written members of Congress in opposition “to any proposal” that would pay for health care reform “by altering the tax treatment of employer-provided health care. “We believe this would be a step in the wrong direction that could jeopardize the overall reform effort,” wrote [...]

UTU Alumni Association aids union’s retirees

Alumni Association Ball Cap; AA Hat; UTU Alumni Association Baseball Hat

The UTU Alumni Association is the new name of the program that serves retired members of the United Transportation Union. Established as the UTU Retiree Program by delegates in 1976 to aid union retirees and their families, the program most recently was called the UTU for Life program. (This program has no relation to lifetime [...]