Washington panel OKs grants for crossing improvements

November 6, 2017

(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

November 6, 2017

(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

November 6, 2017

(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

November 6, 2017

(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?

November 6, 2017

(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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Mining company, UP back in court over Coeur d’Alene clean up costs

October 31, 2017

(Source: Spokesman-Review, October 30, 2017) BOISE, Idaho — Eight years after paying out $482 million to fund cleanup from a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Silver Valley, the copper mining firm Asarco is back in court, demanding that Union Pacific Railroad pay it $130 million because it contends the railroad caused a big…

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Health FSA open enrollment for 2018 continues through October 31

October 18, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 18 — Open enrollment for the Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (FSA) 2018 benefit year is available for just over two more weeks, concluding on October 31, 2017. It is important to note that members must enroll in the Health FSA every year — FSA enrollment is not automatic each year so interested…

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BLET shares summary of Tentative National Agreement

October 17, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, October 16 — In response to membership questions regarding the Tentative National Agreement, the BLET is making available a summary of its main points and some examples of its application. The PDF linked below is based on the presentation the BLET National Division shared with all involved General Chairmen on October 6, 2017,…

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Coordinated Bargaining Group condemns interference in its ratification process

October 17, 2017

(The following is a joint press release from the Coordinated Bargaining Group) On October 6, 2017, the six Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) announced that they had reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. Shortly after that announcement, a Union belonging to a different bargaining coalition began a…

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