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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.

Fishing for Freedom

August 11th, 2012 by Michael Bowman

Locals 349, 1216, 1403 and 1409 have sponsored wounded veterans for a program called “Fishing for Freedom” which provides wounded warriors with a weekend of fishing and other activities at Truman Lake on October 6-7, 2012.  Information about the event can be found at the website or sponsorship information may be obtained by emailing Mr. Leroy Shull at

Please review their website. You will find that UTU is listed as one of the sponsors of this worthwhile program.

Decertification appeals

July 14th, 2012 by Al Nowlin

Attached is a notice addressed to Members and Local Chairpersons advising of the method of requesting General Committee handling of decertification appeals. If an employee is decertified and has reason to believe the decertification is improper, he/she may appeal to the FRA for review. If an employee desires to have the General Committee assist in that appeal, the attached letter will explain the process. However, although the General Committee is offering to review and appeal to FRA if warrented, we do not handle the Administrative Hearing Officer level if that becomes necessary.

The notice can be viewed by clicking – – – 120714_ALC_GC Handling of Certification Revocation appeals

BA-6 Forms

May 19th, 2012 by Michael Bowman

The Railroad Retirement Board will soon be sending BA-6 Forms to Railroad Employees. These forms give information for credits earned as well as infomation that you, as a Railroad Employee, has on file with the RRB.

It is important to check the BA-6 form for the accurancy. The ability to correct inacurte informaiton may not be available once shown for a period of about 4 years. If there is information on the form that needs correction, please contact the Railroad Retirement Board at (877) 772-5772.

2012 RRB Tax Information

May 19th, 2012 by Michael Bowman

The 2012 maximum tax base for Railroad Retirement is $110,100.00 for Tier 1 and $81,900.00 for Tier II. The tax rate for Tier I for employee is 4.2% and for employer is 6.2%. The tax rate for Tier II for employee is 3.9% and the employer rate is 12.1%. (There is no maximum on the Medicare Hospital Insurance earnings which has a 1.45% employee and employer tax rate.

The current RUIA daily benefit rate is $66.00 per day, 5 days per week.