An explanation of Medicare

This article, provided by Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare, outlines the various “parts” of Medicare and explains which types of services are covered under each. What Is Part A? Part A includes inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility (or SNF), nursing home, hospice and home health services care. It also includes long-term care acute care (LTAC). Part […]

Transit jobs, retirement at stake Election Day

Conservative Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act. Conservative Republicans also are committed to privatizing Social Security and turning Medicare into a voucher program with more costs coming out of retirees’ pockets. By contrast, President Obama is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare as we know it. […]

Railroad H&W plans’ open enrollment now available

Eligible railroad employees and/or dependents can now complete their annual re-enrollment online at the Railroad Information Depot website. The website also contains information about the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) now available for employees of participating railroads. Employees covered under the NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan and the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan have […]

Early voting permitted in most states

You can’t vote often on Election Day, Nov. 6, but you can vote early. Most states permit early voting by those who may not be near their voting location on Election Day. For UTU members who work unconventional hours and are frequently at away-from-home terminals, early voting assures you will be able cast a ballot. […]

UTU seeks arbitration with Great Lakes Airlines

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 […]

Sheriff: NS engineer shot himself

HURLEY, Va. —  The Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer who suffered a bullet wound in the NS Hurley yard here Sept. 20 reportedly confessed to shooting himself, according to news reports citing the sheriff’s office in Buchanan County, Va. Hurley is some 100 miles south of Charleston, W.Va. Engineer Mark Jarrell, 41, of Canada, Ky., suffered […]

Medicare and ambulance services

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 […]

First contract for Illinois Central yardmasters

UTU-represented yardmasters employed by Canadian National Railway’s Illinois Central Railroad have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. The four-year agreement, reached following mediation assistance by the National Mediation Board, provides for hourly wage increases, coverage under the UTU National Health Care Plan, a signing bonus and wage parity for all yardmasters. Negotiations were led by […]

New pacts for Charlotte bus Local 1596

Members of Local 1596 (Charlotte, N.C.) have finalized new contracts with Transit Management of Charlotte and First Transit of Concord/Kannapolis. The three-year agreements provide for wage increases, improvements in pensions, an increase in the employer contribution to health care insurance, an additional number of personal leave days and better work rules. Leading the negotiations with […]

Former ATSF GC Merlyn Hicks dies

Retired UTU General Chairperson Merlyn Hicks, 85, died Sept. 15 in Arkansas City, Kan. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Hicks was employed by the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (now part of BNSF) for almost 30 years before his election as secretary to Santa Fe General Committee of Adjustment […]