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A direct attack on the Railroad Retirement Pension program, contained in the Ryan Republican Budget, which passed the U.S. of Representatives, 228-191, last March, stated, “conform Tier 1 pensions to equal those of Social Security,” affecting all rail retirees, spouses and current rail employees, and which would drastically cut current pensions by up to half of current annuities, reduce disability benefits and totally abolish the 60/30 retirement program for all railroad employees. The Ryan Budget also stated this would save the taxpayers several billion dollars. A total falsehood, as the Railroad Retirement program is totally funded by the employees and the railroads, not the taxpayers. It is imperative all railroad retirees, spouses and employees are made aware of this grossly unfair and vicious attack on the rail retirement program. With the November election coming ever closer, the members of your local area Unit of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, urge all retirees, spouses and employees to check your U.S. Representatives and Senators’ stand on the Ryan Republican Budget. Your vote could affect the future of your railroad pension.


Richard Klein

President, Brainerd Unit No. 127


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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