RRB_seal_150px Railroad employees and their spouses closing in on retirement will be able to learn the latest benefit information and application requirements as part of a new program announced by Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Walter A. Barrows.

Designed for railroad employees and spouses planning to retire within five years, the new Pre-Retirement Seminars will familiarize attendees with the retirement benefits available to them, and also guide them through the application process. Individuals who have not previously submitted documents required when filing a railroad retirement annuity application, such as proofs of age, marriage, or military service, are encouraged to bring this material to the seminar.

The program will begin this year on a pilot basis, with seminars planned for St. Louis on April 4, Omaha, Neb., on May 16, and Huntington, W.V., on June 20. Additional details regarding registration and locations will be announced soon.

RRB field personnel will lead the Pre-Retirement Seminars, which will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On those same dates and in those same locations, Informational Conferences sponsored by the Office of the Labor Member will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for invited rail labor representatives.