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AMENDING RAILROAD RETIREMENT ACT, RAIL-
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
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H. R. 7840
RAILROAD UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
MARCH 9, 10, 12, 16, AND 17, 1954
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Printed for the use of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE
CHARLES A. WOLVERTON, New Jersey, Chairman CARL HINSHAW, California
ROBERT CROSSER, Ohio JOSEPH P. O'HARA, Minnesota
J. PERCY PRIEST, Tennessee. ROBERT HALE, Maine
OREN HARRIS, Arkansas JAMES I. DOLLIVER, Iowa
DWIGHT L. ROGERS, Florida JOHN W. HESELTON, Massachusetts ARTHUR G. KLEIN, New York JOHN B. BENNETT, Michigan
WILLIAM T. GRANAHAN, Pennsylvania RICHARD W. HOFFMAN, Illinois
F. ERTEL CARLYLE, North Carolina JOHN V. BEAMER, Indiana
JOHN BELL WILLIAMS, Mississippi WILLIAM L. SPRINGER, Illinois
PETER F. MACK, JR., Illinois ALVIN R. BUSH, Pennsylvania
HOMER THORNBERRY, Texas PAUL F. SCHENCK, Ohio
LOUIS B. HELLER, New York JOSEPH L. CARRIGG, Pennsylvania
KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Alabama HERBERT B. WARBURTON, Delaware ! MORGAN M, MOULDER, Missouri STEVEN B. DEROUNIAN, New York, HARLEY O, STAGGERS, West Virginia THOMAS M. PELLY, Washington J. ARTHUR YOUNGER, California
ELTON J. LAYTON, Clerk
Getty, Graham E., assistant vice president and assistant director,
bureau of railway economics, Association of American Railroads.--
Letter from Carter Fort, transmitting further information.. 172
Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of, letter from Lawrence V.
Byrnes, assistant grand chief engineer and national legislative repre-
A. M. Lampley, vice president and national legislative represent-
Letter from F. C. Squire, member, regarding amendments to
sections 303 and 304 -
Suggested amendment to section 304.---
president and national legislative representative-------
Supplemental statement of A. E. Lyon.-----
AMENDING RAILROAD RETIREMENT AOT, RAILROAD
RETIREMENT TAX ACT, AND RAILROAD UNEMPLOY MENT INSURANCE ACT
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1954
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10:10 a. m., pursuant to notice, in room 1334 of the House Office Building, Hon. Charles A. Wolverton (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order.
The hearings today are on H. R. 7840, a bill to amend the Railroad Retirement Act, the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, which I introduced on February 12, 1954. Similar bills have been introduced by various members of Congress.
Approximately 60 bills to amend the Railroad Retirement Act have been introduced by Members of Congress and referred to this committee during the 83d Congress. Nearly all of these bills provide for the liberalization of qualifying conditions or benefits for annuitants, pensioners, and their survivors.
Last year this committee held hearings on H. R. 356 and 17 similar bills which provided for the repeal of the so-called dual-benefit restriction, a provision contained in the 1951 amendments to the Railroad Retirement Act. H. R. 356 was favorably reported by this committee on July 9, 1953, and it passed the House on July 24, 1953. It is now awaiting action in the Senate.
H. R. 7840, the bill before the committee today, is sponsored jointly by all of the standard railway labor organizations, and a copy of their joint letter of February 12, 1954, in support of this bill, will be made a part of the hearings at this point. (The document is as follows:)
RAILWAY LABOR EXECUTIVES' ASSOCIATION,
Washington, D. C., February 12, 1954. Hon. CHARLES A. WOLVERTON, Chairman, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House Office Building,
Washington, D. O. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This is to advise that all the standard railroad labor unions, including the four train and engine service brotherhoods and all the organizations identified with the Railway Labor Executives' Association, are in full agreement and in support of the draft bill which has been delivered to your office by Messrs. Johnson and Kolanda, which would amend the railroad retirement and railroad unemployment insurance systems. For your ready reference, these recognized standard railroad labor organizations are listed below:
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen; Order of Railway Conductors; Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen;