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About the Legislative Department

            The Legislative Department As National Legislative Director, International Vice President Robert Davis oversees TCU’s legislative and political action programs. The Legislative Department’s challenge is to protect the gains our members have made over the years and to work for legislation to further improve conditions in the workplace and in

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TCU’s Social Services Department

International Vice President Russ Oathout  oversees the Social Services Department which assists members with questions or problems concerning retirement, unemployment or sickness benefits, health and welfare coverage, or Medicare for railworkers. If TCU staff cannot answer or resolve the specific concern, the staff will put you in touch with the right person to help you. Each

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Employee Benefits

TCU members working on railroads have a variety of benefits, won through negotiation or legislation. The employer bears the major portion of the cost of these and other fringe benefits. Among these are: The Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan — Provides health insurance for the member and eligible family members. Also provides life insurance

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GCs’ Case Tracking Report Form

GENERAL CHAIRMAN’S CASE TRACKING REPORT FORM This form is designed to assist the General Chairman (GC) and the Corresponding and Recording Secretary (CRS) to efficiently track grievances and discipline through the system. There should be a notation with an attachment for every entry on the form. Click here for a printable Case Tracking Report Form.  If

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Process In Brief

A House member (including the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico and non-voting delegates of the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa) may introduce any one of several types of bills and resolutions by handing it to the clerk of the House or placing it in a box called the hopper. A

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Legislative Glossary

ACT The term for legislation once it has passed both houses of Congress and has been signed by the president or passed over his veto, thus becoming law. (See also POCKET VETO.) Also used in parliamentary terminology for a bill that has been passed by one house and engrossed. (See ENGROSSED BILL.) ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE

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How a Bill Becomes Law

The process of producing and enacting legislation reveals how difficult and time-consuming lawmaking can be — and how many opportunities there are for interested citizens or groups to make their views known to legislators. As citizens, as union members, and as legislative representatives, we must make the most of those opportunities to advance our interests.

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Links to Legislators

Contacting the Congress  (online guide to who represents you, congressional daily schedules, committee membership and more) Contactando el Congreso  (descubra quien le representa en al Congreso) U.S. Senate     Senate Committees           Appropriations   Budget        Commerce, Science and Transportation    Finance        Health, Education, Labor & Pensions           U.S. House of Representatives    House Committees           Appropriations        Budget        Education & the

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