Archive for March 2017

Action Alert: Amtrak must be fully funded

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 24 — President Trump has presented his budget to the American people, and despite making public statements that his administration would spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, his first budget proposal consists of cuts that hurt American workers. Included in this budget is the complete elimination of funding for all long distance Amtrak…

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Tell Congress: Don’t Tax Our Benefits!

INDEPNDENCE, Ohio, March 22 — The new health care bill is expected to come to a vote on the House Floor on Thursday, March 23. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, is asking all members to distribute this flier to let Congress know that the so-called…

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The Benefits of Belonging

By Dennis R. Pierce BLET National President (BLET Editor’s Note: The following message from BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce has been excerpted from the February 2016 issue of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News.) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 16 — On May 8, 2017, we will mark our great Brotherhood’s 154th anniversary. Many things have…

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Railroad Retirement spouse benefits

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 1, 2017) CHICAGO — In addition to the retirement annuities payable to employees, the Railroad Retirement Act, like the Social Security Act, also provides annuities for the spouses of retired employees. Payment of a spouse annuity is made directly to the wife or husband of the employee. Divorced…

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