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Missouri voters block right-to-work law

August 8, 2018

(Source: National Public Radio, August 8, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure. Full story: www.npr.org Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Idaho officials approve BNSF’s plan for second bridge in Sandpoint

August 1, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, July 31, 2018) SANDPOINT, Idaho — Idaho officials have approved Railway’s application for a permit to build a second railroad bridge in northern Idaho across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Sandpoint. Full story: Construction Equipment Guide Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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CN CEO vows loyalty to grain farmers as oil shipments climb

July 31, 2018

(Source: Bloomberg, July 31, 2018) NEW YORK — Crude oil demand may be on the rise again, but Canadian National Railway Co.’s new leader insists energy shipments won’t displace longtime railroad staples such as grain and lumber. Full story: Bloomberg Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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As Canada waits for pipelines, record volumes of oil move by rail

July 31, 2018

(Source: Calgary Herald, July 31, 2018) CALGARY — Canadian oil exports moving by train have set another record and the trend won’t be derailed anytime soon — until additional pipelines are built. New National Energy Board figures show 199,000 barrels of oil were exported daily by rail in May, up slightly from April and a…

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‘Cardinal rule violation’: Revelstoke train engineer speaks out after handbrake verdict

July 31, 2018

(Source: StarMetro Vancouver, July 30, 2018) VANCOUVER, B.C. — A longtime Canadian Pacific Railway engineer in Revelstoke, B.C., said he’s concerned but not surprised that a CP manager was found guilty of ordering a train with potentially explosive freight to be left on a hill without applying a handbrake. Full story: The Star

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G&W posts operating revenue, income growth in Q2

July 30, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/30/2018) Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) reported second-quarter 2018 operating revenue rose 10 percent to $595 million from $540.4 million and operating income increased 3.4 percent to $103.1 million compared with the same quarter a year ago. The company’s reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) fell 1.4 percent to 0.73 cents per…

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Report: Short lines add $6.5 billion to U.S. economy

July 30, 2018

(Source: Railway Age, July 27, 2018) NEW YORK — An industry economic impact report found short line railroads provide $6.5 billion in added value to the U.S. economy – aided by the positive impact of the Short Line Tax Credit. The report, which was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and released by the American Short Line…

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RR decals: Low-cost life savers?

July 27, 2018

(Source: Coeur d’Alene Press 07/26/2018) July 26, 2018 at 5:00 am | By BRIAN WALKER Staff Writer POST FALLS — Travis Campbell wasn’t thrilled when he saw a young driver looking at his cellphone while listening to music. But concern turned to elation when Campbell watched the young man stop in his tracks to heed…

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Microsoft, Oregon and B.C. kick in $750,000 for new study of high-speed rail in Pacific Northwest

July 27, 2018

(Source: Geek Wire, July 26, 2018) SEATTLE, Wash. — The effort to build a high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C. just got a fresh cash infusion. Microsoft, the Province of British Columbia, and the Oregon Department of Transportation are putting $750,000 in new funding toward a deeper study of the business opportunity the…

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BLET members lobby Congress over safety, Tex Mex jobs issue

July 26, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 25 — BLET Legislative Representatives visited 150 Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. on July 13 as part of a major railroad safety lobbying effort and to make members of Congress aware of the union’s struggle to preserve the jobs of BLET members who work for the Texas Mexican Railway (Tex Mex). On…

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National Division launches 2018 convention website

July 25, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 — The BLET National Division has launched a new website — https://bletconvention.org — to provide key information to delegates, vendors and guests attending the union’s Fourth National Convention, which will be held October 1-4, 2018. The BLET’s Fourth National Convention will convene at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada,…

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Rio Tinto operates first driverless freight train

July 23, 2018

(Source: Railway Age 07-16-2018) Railroading entered a brave, new world as the first fully-autonomous freight train completed its initial run in Australia. Global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto marked the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train as part of its US$940 million AutoHaul program operating to its port facilities in Western Australia. On…

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BNSF rail service extended at Port of Portland

July 23, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/20/2018) The Port of Portland is continuing its Terminal 6 service with BNSF Railway Co. through mid-2019, as part of a larger focus to increase options to shippers at Terminal 6, port officials announced this week. The intermodal rail service, which began in January, moves containers by rail between Portland and the…

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Union Pacific CEO: First steel tariffs had an immediate and direct impact

July 20, 2018

(Source: CNBC, July 19, 2018) NEW YORK — In a television interview with CNBC, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz discusses the rail operator’s quarterly earnings and the impact of the Trump administration’s trade policies on the business. Full story and video: CNBC Friday, July 20, 2018

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Union Pacific’s 2Q 2018 performance hurt by train crew shortages

July 20, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, July 19, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific hauled in 29 percent more second-quarter profit as the railroad handled 4 percent more shipments, but the results might have been better if not for some operational challenges. UP CEO Lance Fritz said the railroad’s performance was hurt by shortages of train crews and…

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Union Pacific reports Q2 2018 results

July 20, 2018

(Source: Union Pacific press release, July 19, 2018) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Corporation today reported 2018 second quarter net income of $1.5 billion, or a second quarter record $1.98 per diluted share. This compares to $1.2 billion, or $1.45 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2017. Second Quarter Results • Diluted earnings per…

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Health Insurance ID Card

Ever wonder what all the information means on your health insurance card?  What phone number do you call? Why is there a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) logo? Who is OptumRx?  We’ve got a complete explanation of what it all means.

September is prostate cancer awareness month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month so all month long, we’ll be providing you with resources and information on screening, treatment, risk factors and symptoms.

A new way to order prescriptions

As of Monday, August 27, 2018, UPREHS members should start ordering prescriptions and refills directly on the Depot Drug website, www.depotdrug.com.  Here is some important information about this pharmacy ordering change.

Health benefits of owning a pet

Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun.  In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.

What is a prior authorization and why it's important

Prior Authorization- Is it really necessary?

Is dependent supplemental coverage right for you?

Let’s be honest.  Healthcare is expensive.  Even if you have health insurance, most plans have annual deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses like copayments.  If you don’t relish having to pay unexpected medical expenses, the UPREHS Dependent Supplemental Plan (DSP) might be for you.

Why relaxation is good for your health

Relaxation (re lak seishen)

Vaccinations: They aren't just for kids

August is National Immunization month, so all month long, we’ll be highlighting the importance of getting immunizations, even as an adult.  Even if you’ve had childhood vaccinations, you should get them boosted as an adult.

National Watermelon Day: Health Benefits of Watermelon

In honor of National Watermelon Day (yes, that is actually a thing), we thought we’d share a little information about the health benefits of watermelon, along with a simple recipe you can pair with just about anything.

Top of EOB

First, it would probably be helpful if I explained what EOB stands for.  EOB is short for Explanation of Benefits.  You may also see it described as Explanation of Medical Benefits, but it is universally referred to as an EOB.

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