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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, September 30, 2020) CHICAGO — Under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and a subsequent sequestration order to implement mandated cuts, railroad unemployment and sickness insurance benefits are reduced by a set percentage that is subject to revision at the beginning of each fiscal year. Starting October 1, 2020, the…

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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, September 20, 2020) CHICAGO — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has appointed Spiridoula Mavrothalasitis as Director of Hearings and Appeals. In this position, Ms. Mavrothalasitis will be responsible for overseeing reviews of unfavorable claims determinations by hearings officers in the agency’s Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. The bureau is…

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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, August 31, 2020) CHICAGO — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Bonson as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bonson will provide expert medical guidance to the RRB’s Office of Programs, which is responsible for the adjudication of claims for disability annuities and sickness insurance benefits. Additional…

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 15 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) advised the White House on July 8 that it is not investing railroad workers’ money in questionable companies headquartered in the People’s Republic of China. On July 7, the Chairman of the RRB received a letter from White House officials expressing concerns over the…

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 12 — All U.S. railroad labor unions have united in a campaign to overturn the unfair sequestration of Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) benefits, which unjustly reduces the unemployment and sickness benefits of railroad workers. The unions are represented by the Teamsters Rail Conference and the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD). On…

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