Union Plus Programs for TCU Members

TCU fully supports the programs available for active and retired TCU members and their families. With the money savings programs available, in some situations, the benefits can offset paid union dues.

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President Maratea Hits-The-Road, Meeting with Clerks and Carmen on Amtrak, BNSF, TTX, Indiana Harbor Belt and South Shore Freight

President Maratea said, “I am pleased to meet the members working on the job, I am so proud of the work they do every day. It is critical for me to see for myself what our members do and what they deal with on the property.”

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2024 Fringe Benefits

Cost of Wages and Fringe Benefits as of January 2024 for Carmen and Clerks.

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Railroad Retirement Board Pre- Retirement Seminars April through June 2024

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (the Board) has announced in-person Pre-Retirement Seminars. Union officials, auxiliary members, and their spouses are welcome to attend, as well as rail employees and spouses within 5 years of retirement. Find below a schedule of the upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminars to be held by the Board during the period of April

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TCU allies secure key positions on STB Passenger Rail Committee

TCU-supported nominees were appointed to the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Passenger Rail Advisory Committee (PRAC) on Thursday, March 28th.  STB announced the PRAC in November 2023 to provide guidance and make recommendations to the Board on passenger rail issues across the country. The Committee’s goals are to improve efficiency on passenger rail routes, reduce disputes

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Celebrating big wins on the court in Arkansas

TCU/IAM’s Local Lodge 6114 Local Chairman John Dancer’s son, Will Dancer, has recently had some huge accomplishments on the basketball court. On February 10, 2024, Will Dancer and his team won the 2024 Home School League Arkansas State Championship 16u Division. In addition to winning the Championship, Will was selected for the State All-Star Team.

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With House GOP Stalling on Rail Safety, House Dems hold Roundtable

In the wake of the East Palestine derailment, and despite public outcry to pass legislation to improve rail safety nationwide, House Republican leadership has so far refused to even hold a hearing, let alone put forward legislation. Last week, House Democrats took matters into their own hands by holding a Rail Safety Roundtable featuring workers

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Sec. Buttigieg responds to latest AAR mischaracterizations, highlights disconnect between industry and regulator

In a response to letter from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reiterated his major concerns regarding the downward trajectory of safety in the freight rail industry. In the letter, Secretary Buttigieg stated, “The major freight railroads are widely and increasingly regarded as being obsessed with quarterly profits and

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“This is why we fight.” NP Maratea applauds Senate committee advancing REEF Act.

On Wednesday, March 6th, the Senate Budget Committee passed the Railroad Employee Equity and Fairness (REEF) Act out of committee. The bill, which passed the committee with unanimous bipartisan support, would remove railroad retirement benefits from budget sequestration. In the Budget Control Act of 2011, a 5.7% cut was mandated for railroad retirement unemployment and

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