October 30, 2014

UTU political strength praised in retirement fight

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Among the numerous political challenges facing working families is preservation of Railroad Retirement and Social Security, which are both under attack by political conservatives. As the UTU’s Portland, Ore., regional meeting commenced June 18, the labor member of the Railroad Retirement Board, Walt Barrows (pictured at left) told attendees, “You can be very proud of your [...]

New RRB labor member; NMB nominees await Senate

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WASHINGTON – A former secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen – Walt Barrows – is the new labor member of the Railroad Retirement Board following his Senate confirmation Sept. 27. He succeeds Butch Speakman, who chose to retire. Barrows began his railroad career as a signalman with Norfolk & Western Railway (now part of [...]

Signalmen official nominated for RRB seat

Walt Barrows, secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen since 1999, has been nominated by President Obama to fill the labor chair on the three-member Railroad Retirement Board, succeeding Butch Speakman, who is retiring. The nomination requires Senate confirmation. Barrows began his railroad career as a signalman with Norfolk & Western Railway (now part of [...]