UTU Local 867

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Long-term disability open enrollment begins June 29 - 7/1/2015

Long-term disability open enrollment begins June 29

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Beginning June 29, 2015 through August 31, 2015, an open enrollment period will be available for Transportation Division members to enroll in the new Voluntary Long-Term Disability (VLTD) Plan.  

Members will have two options for enrollment into the VLTD plan. For Railmembers, Part “A” allows the member to purchase coverage to protect their income should they become disabled after a 238 day elimination period with a monthly benefit of 50 percent of salary to a maximum benefit of $7,000. Part “B” contains the same 238 day elimination period, but offers a monthly benefit of 60 percent of salary up to a maximum benefit of $7,000.

For Bus members, Part “A” allows the member to purchase coverage to protect their income should they become disabled after a 365 day elimination period with a monthly benefit of 50 percent of salary to a maximum benefit of $6,000. Part “B” contains the same 365 day elimination period, but offers a monthly benefit of 60 percent of salary up to a maximum benefit of $6,000. Additionally, rail or bus members will have the option of combining one of the above options for the VLTD with the Short Term Disability (VSTD) plan or elect the VLTDplan on its own.

It is important to note that members who have previously opted out of the VSTD plan or were previously denied coverage, are now eligible to enroll with no pre-existing condition restrictions during this enrollment period.

For members currently enrolled in the short-term disability plan (VSTD) and are not seeking coverage in the long-term disability plan (VLTD), no action is required at this time.

It is recommended that members review the detailed FAQs to gather more information on the plan offerings and eligibility requirements. Additional questions should be directed to your regional field supervisor (contacts) or to the VLTD hotline at (866)-753-3632.

Rail VLTD FAQ
Rail VLTD Enrollment Form

Bus VLTD FAQ
Bus VLTD Enrollment Form

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Long-term disability open enrollment extended to September 30 - 7/1/2015

http://utu.org/2015/06/27/long-term-disability-open-enrollment-extended-to-september-30/

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SMART TD applauds DOT’s tank car final rule - 5/1/2015

SMART TD applauds DOT’s tank car final rule

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Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its final rule for rail shipments of flammable liquids. The rule calls for enhanced safety standards for High-Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT), including stricter tank car construction standards, the phasing out of older tank car models, the use of electronically controlled pneumatic brakes (ECP), and will make permanent previously announced speed restrictions.

John Risch, SMART Transportation Division National Legislative Director, welcomed DOT’s final rule, specifically applauding the mandate of ECP brakes: “This is a game changer. I’ve operated trains with ECP brakes, and they are the greatest advancement in safety I’ve seen in my 35 years in the industry.”

According to a 2006 FRA report, ECP brakes can stop trains 40-70% faster than conventional train brakes and allow for a graduated release, which is vital to the safe handling of trains in cold weather and on heavy grades. ECP brakes will save the lives of railroad workers and better protect the millions of Americans living near rail lines.” The DOT’s ECP mandates must be fully complied with by May 2023.

Additionally, Risch expressed relief that the rule does not unreasonably restrict train speeds, something that would add to traffic congestion and further delay passenger rail service. The rule will restrict all HHFTs to 50 mph in all areas and restrict certain HHFTs to 40 mph in designated high-risk urban areas.

“While this rule will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of our nation’s railroads, more can be done. We now urge the DOT and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ensure that all freight trains are operated by a minimum of two individuals – a certified conductor and certified engineer,” said Risch.

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We need your help - 3/9/2015

Brothers and Sisters,

We need your help contacting your Congressman and urging them to support a clean version of H.R. 749 the Passenger Rail Reform and Infrastructure Act. (PRRIA)

This important legislation funds and sustains a key component of our national transportation system.

We fully support this legislation despite having concerns that the bill does not provide Amtrak with the funding levels
it needs to make needed repairs and upgrades to an aging system. As Amtrak’s annual budget requests have established, its aging fleet needs replacing and the system faces significant and disruptive renovations to tracks, bridges, tunnels, and other infrastructure in the coming years.

This bill is an important step in bringing long-term stability and investment to America’s passenger rail operations. Once again, we urge you to support a clean PRRIA bill and look forward to working with you to create the transportation network that Americans want and deserve.

Click the link below to find your Congressman.

http://www.house.gov/representatives/

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Long Term Disability - 3/1/2015

Long-term disability program forthcoming

disability-insurance_imageThe trustees of the SMART Voluntary Short-Term Disability program are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement with Anthem Life Insurance Co. on a group long-term disability plan for our bus and rail members.

The plan is intended to provide a seamless transition to long-term coverage for members when disability exceeds the short-term policy limits. Participation is voluntary.

The plans will offer various options for coverage and premium rates. Implementation will include an open-enrollment period that will allow members to enroll in a combination of short- and long-term disability coverage without any pre-existing condition exclusion.

Details regarding the implementation timeline, an explanation of the new benefit options and enrollment instructions for the long-term disability plan will be forthcoming shortly.

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Monthly Meetings---1st Wednesday of each month at 7pm @ the Machinist Hall 2000 Walker St. Des Moines, IA

 

 

New Claim available for inward facing cameras for conductors. Available in the downloads section.

Long-term disability open enrollment extended to September 30

Long-term disability open enrollment begins June 29

 

 

Mark your Calendars. The 2015 Smart TD-UTU picnic will be held on Saturday July 11th @ Union Labor Park at 4640 NW Morningstar Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50313. Food and drinks will be provided. Food will be served at noon. Come out and join us. 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

We need your help contacting your Congressman and urging them to support a clean version of H.R. 749 the Passenger Rail Reform and Infrastructure Act. (PRRIA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are furloughed or on the AWTS board you need to call the RRB and apply for unemployment benefits. You may qualify for benefits even if you are getting a check from the railroad. 

 

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