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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU October 24, 2016

    NJ Transit Under More Scrutiny

    After the tragic crash in Hoboken, NJ, the New Jersey Transit (NJT) commuter railroad has been under intense scrutiny from the general public, regulators and elected officials. A week ago, the New York Times published a long expose detailing the failures of Governor Christie’s administration in properly investing in the railroad:   …Under the Christie administration, the

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU October 15, 2016

    Let’s not Forget – Pence Voted Against Railroad Pensions in House

    I am addressing this to all railroad workers, retirees, widows, widowers and dependents who are covered under the Railroad Retirement Act. In 2001, on the floor of the House of Representatives, then Congressman Mike Pence, R-Ind., voted against the Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act. This was the bill that provided retirement at age 60

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU August 27, 2016

    VP Biden Announces New Trainsets for Northeast Corridor

    Wilmington, DE – Vice President Biden joined with Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Amtrak officials in announcing a new $2.45 billion loan to purchase up to 28 brand new state-of-the-art locomotives, upgrade track and improve stations throughout the Northeast Corridor. In addition, the new trainsets will be built at the Alstom manufacturing

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU August 25, 2016

    A message from TCU President Bob Scardelletti – 2016 Presidential Election

    The upcoming presidential election presents one of the starkest choices for union workers in our lifetimes. Hillary Clinton has proudly stood with union workers throughout her career. Donald Trump says he’s pro-worker – but everything in his public life suggests the opposite. It is no accident that every major labor union in America, including TCU/IAM,

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  • Legislative Outlook August 12, 2016

    Social Security Warns of Furloughs, Service Cuts if Congress Enacts Proposed Funding

    Congress may force the Social Security Administration to cut back on services and furlough employees, according to the agency, which pointed to proposals in both the House and Senate to reduce its funding. Although not directly effecting Railroad Retirement, this is the thinking of Congressional members on retirement benefits and could paint a dim picture

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