Category Archives: Member Benefits

Railroad Retirement Board Release Regarding Unemployment and Sickness Benefits Payable Under the Railroad Retirement Insurance Act (RUIA)

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) released a questions and answers that describes unemployment and sickness benefits payable under the Railroad Retirement Insurance Act (RUIA), their eligibility requirements, and how to claim them. In addition, it details how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, affects the RRB’s administration of benefits under

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AETNA SUPPLEMENTAL SICKNESS CONVERSION TO THE HARTFORD

This is to make you aware of an upcoming administrative change for eligible employees covered under the Supplemental Sickness Benefit (SSB) Plan for Shopcraft Employees. Effective August 1, 2020, the Supplemental Sickness Benefit Plan, currently administered by Aetna, will transition to The Hartford. Nothing about the SSB Plan currently with Aetna is changing, here’s what

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TCU/IAM Family Member Awarded 2020 Union Plus Scholarship

TCU Winner Honored for Achievement and Union Values Union Plus recently awarded $300,000 in scholarships to 215 students from 43 unions, including one winner from the Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 38 states. The TCU/IAM winner is: Tristan Flores of

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TCU Joins Rail Labor in Asking Amtrak to Increase Death Benefit for Employees Due to COVID-19

In a recent letter to Amtrak President and CEO William Flynn, Rail Labor asks for Amtrak to increase the death benefits for employees that pass away due to COVID-19. The letter states: Rail transit systems, railroads and bus operation systems in the United States are experiencing a crisis like never before. Transportation employees are facing

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Optum is Extending Video Chat and Telephonic Service for Members Covered Under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan

Until May 31, 2020 (unless extended by Optum), members can access mental health and substance use care from your provider through digital or telephonic means. In other words, instead of physical office visits, mental health and substance abuse care provider services may be received via online video or chat (including video capabilities on your phone)

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