Archive for November 6, 2017

Washington panel OKs grants for crossing improvements

(source: Progressive Railroading 11/06/2017) The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) last week approved $52,520 in rail-safety grants for crossing improvements in Tonasket and Yakima County. The UTC approved a $44,000 grant from the Grade Crossing Protective Fund at the request of Cascade and Columbia River Railroad. The grant will be used to fund upgrades to warning…

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Q&A: Railroad Retirement spouse and widow(er)s’ annuities and public service pensions

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, October 12, 2017) CHICAGO — Railroad Retirement Act spouse and widow(er)s’ annuities (including divorced spouse, surviving divorced spouse, and remarried widow(er)s’ annuities) are subject to reduction when social security benefits or dual railroad retirement annuities are also payable. Such railroad retirement benefits may also be reduced when a spouse or…

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Hoffa: New House tax bill benefits big business and wealthy over U.S. workers

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, November 2, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa in response to the rollout of a new House Republican tax proposal today that would give corporations and the nation’s wealthiest households a huge tax cut at the expense of hardworking Americans.…

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Senate confirms three to NMB

(Source: Washington Examiner, November 2, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Republicans cleared 27 Trump appointees on Thursday as part of a confirmation blitz that is expected to last for weeks. Confirmed nominees included three appointees to the National Mediation Board: Kyle Fortson, of the District of Columbia, for a term expiring July 1, 2019; Gerald…

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What’s happening with NMB, FRA and STB?

(Source: Railway Age, November 3, 2017) NEW YORK — Nearly 11 months into the Administration of Donald J. Trump, leadership appointments at the three federal regulatory agencies of significant importance to railroads — the National Mediation Board, Federal Railroad Administration and Surface Transportation Board — have yet to be finalized. Full story: Railway Age Monday, November…

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