Early rail retiree insurance cap rises in 2013

UTU members and their dependents insured under the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit (ERMA) Plan (GA-46000) will have their lifetime maximum amount of coverage increased, effective Jan. 1. ERMA is a comprehensive benefits plan for employees who retire at or after age 60 with 30 years of service. The plan covers qualified […]

Save money by using in-network providers

The national railroad plans (“plan”) allow you to see any doctor in your plan administrator’s network, including specialists, without a referral. This means that you have the freedom to choose a physician or specialist without first seeing a primary care physician. There are two levels of coverage under the plan. Your level of coverage is […]

New pact voted on Central Railroad of Indiana

Lesniewski UTU Local 440 represented train and engine workers employed by Central Railroad Company of Indiana have ratified, by a 91 percent approval, a new five-year collective bargaining agreement effective Jan. 1. The agreement provides for annual wage increases, an additional paid holiday, flex days, enhanced overtime provisions, enhanced instructor allowance, additional meal allowance and […]

Looking back, but moving ahead

By Bonnie MorrVice President, Bus Department As we approach year end, I wish everyone happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year. During 2012, we have had wonderful success negotiating 11 new contracts, and others are in the negotiating process. I could not be more proud of the negotiating and educational skills demonstrated by […]

Obama win offers working families brighter future

By UTU International President Mike Futhey –  For UTU members employed in the airline, rail and transit industries, the Obama/Biden victory and U.S. Senate election results translate to: * More, and more secure, transportation jobs. * More support to increase funding for public transit, Amtrak, and high-speed and higher-speed rail. * Strengthened protections of collective bargaining […]

Sandy victims: Expedited unemployment benefits

For rail workers furloughed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) advises those victims may qualify for railroad unemployment benefits. Following a request by UTU International President Mike Futhey to RRB Labor Member Walt Barrows, the RRB has agreed to waive a time-consuming requirement that claims be verified by the carrier, thus […]

Grants available for Hurricane Sandy victims

Disaster relief grants of $500 are available from Union Plus to help eligible participants in the Union Plus credit card, insurance or mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the Hurricane Sandy disaster. The money does not have to be repaid.  Funds are limited to the nearly $370,000 available in the Union Plus […]

Help needed for our UTU hurricane victims

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 […]

GS&T Thompson to retire; Strunk elevated to post

Thompson Kim Thompson, general secretary & treasurer of the UTU International and the UTU Insurance Association since 2008, will retire Dec. 31. The UTU Board of Directors has elected International Vice President Delbert Strunk to succeed Thompson Jan. 1. Strunk will retain his position as an International vice president. Also, International Vice President Paul Tibbit will […]

Agreements ratified on Gary Railway

Wier UTU-represented yardmen, hostlers and yardmasters employed by Gary Railway and members of UTU Local 1383 have ratified separate six-year agreements. The contracts provide for annual wage increases, lump-sum percentage back-pay, improved bereavement leave, sickness/disability insurance and a reduced monthly health and welfare contribution. Also included is enrollment in the Transtar insurance benefit program. UTU […]