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Claims allowed

November 23rd, 2013 by Al Nowlin

13_2&#Q_Claims allowed – – –  The General Committee has finally received the verification of payments from the Carrier on many of the claims that have been handled and allowed for the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2013.  A scanned copy of that list is listed at the beginning of this Article.  There are claims handled between the General Chairman and the Director of Labor Relations that are not included as the Carrier has not provided the VOP as of this date.  They will be posted when received.

The next scheduled conference is during the first week of December on Kansas City Hub/Non-Merged Territory claims.

General President Nigro attends KC meeting

September 12th, 2013 by Al Nowlin

1307-08_Smart Union Journal – – The July/August publication of the SMART Union Journal featured a photo of General President Nigro at the General Committee office of G)-569. Featured in the photo are General President Nigro, Local Chairmen Joey Cornelius, Frank Evans, Mike Bowman, Jake Moore, Robert Harrison, Associate General Chairman Terry Dixon and General Chairman Al Nowlin.

This meeting took place after a meeting with the membership in Kansas City. Click on the link above for the article located at the bottom of the page.

Pay Rates effective July 1, 2013

August 10th, 2013 by Al Nowlin

Attached is a list of pay rates for pay effective July 1, 2013 = = 130701_Pay rates

S.M.A.R.T. Website

August 5th, 2013 by Al Nowlin

A new web site has been initiated at The web site has news and posts commonly asked questions about the merged union. Members can submit questions to ask by clicking on the top of the opening page.

Do right by your Pet – Buy Union

May 13th, 2013 by Al Nowlin

We strongly support buying products that are made by Union Workers. Following are pet foods that are union made. These are either by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) or the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

UFCW = 9 Lives, Anchor, Boehringer Ingelheim, Vetmedica, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Wayne Farms, Alpo, Beggin Strips, Chew-eez, Fancy Feast, Fresh Step, Frinkies, Litter Green, Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Nature’s Recipe, Purina Animal Feeds, Purina Beneful,, Purina Cat Chow, Purina Dog Chow, Purina Pro Plan, Purina Puppy Chow, Science Diet, Skippy, Snausages and Tidy Cat’s

BCTGM = Alpo, Chew-eez, Fancy Feast, Milk-Bones, Purina Animal Feeds, Purina Beneful, Purina Cat Chow and Purina Dog Chow

Tax Base and Tax Rates for Railroad Retirement

May 6th, 2013 by Al Nowlin

For 2013, the employee 6.2% tax rate for Tier I will apply to $113,700.00 earned during the year. The employee 4.4% tax rate for Tier II will apply to an annual earnings of $84,300.00.

The employer tax rate on Tier I is also 6.2% and on Tier II is 12.6%. The maximum employee and Employer Tax for 2013 is $7,049.40 on Tier I. On Tier II, the maximum for an employee is $3,709.20 and the employer is $10,621.80.

Donation to Hurricane Sandy victims

November 20th, 2012 by Jake Moore

Authorized by a unanimous vote of the General Committee Executive Board, Chairman Nowlin has sent a letter to the GS&T to donate $1,000 from the General Committee Advance Fund to a fund set up by UTU to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy.