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AMENDING RAILROAD RETIREMENT ACT, RAIL-
ROAD RETIREMENT TAX ACT, AND RAILROAD

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

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HEARINGS Cory 9964

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
EIGHTY-THIRD CONGRESS
SECOND SESSION

ON á 4-6113

H. R. 7840
A BILL TO AMEND THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT ACT,
THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT TAX ACT, AND THE

RAILROAD UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

MARCH 9, 10, 12, 16, AND 17, 1954

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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

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KURT BORCHARDT
SAM G. SPAL

ANDREW STEVENSON
A. E. STOCKBERGER

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Text of H. R. 7840-------

Report of -

Bureau of the Budget -----

Railroad Retirement Board.

Statement of—

Bennett, Hon. Charles E., a Representative in Congress from the

State of Florida.--

Ettenger, R. L., Jr., assistant vice president, Association of American

Railroads--------

Fort, Carter, general counsel and vice president, Association of

American Railroads.----

Getty, Graham E., assistant vice president and assistant director,

bureau of railway economics, Association of American Railroads.--

Harper, Horace W., member, Railroad Retirement Board --------- 89, 95

Kelly, Raymond J., Chairman, Railroad Retirement Board.

Lyon, A. E., executive secretary, Railway Labor Executives' Asso-

ciation ---------------------------------------------------- 22, 35

Squire, F. C., member, Railroad Retirement Board.-- --- 95, 101

Stack. Thomas, president, National Railroad Pension Forum, Inc.--- 66

Van Zandt, Hon. James E., a Representative in Congress from the

State of Pennsylvania -----

Additional information submitted for the record by— .

Association of American Railroads:

Dividends declared, railways of class I in the United States,

tables ---

159

Letter from Carter Fort, transmitting further information.. 172
Letter from Graham E. Getty, assistant vice president.---

150
Report on H. R. 7843---

178

Bennett, Hon. Charles E., letter from, transmitting statement from

Grand Association of Veteran Railway Employees.---

61

Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of, letter from Lawrence V.

Byrnes, assistant grand chief engineer and national legislative repre-

sentative--------
Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Brotherhood of, letter from

A. M. Lampley, vice president and national legislative represent-

ative.---

National Railroad Pension Forum, Inc.:

Douglas, Hon. Paul H., extension of remarks in United States

Senate, August 3, 1953.--.

Letter and telegrams in opposition to H. R. 7840.--

-- 71, 72

Railroad Retirement Board:

Letter from Raymond J. Kelly, Chairman, transmitting further

information -----

Letter from Raymond J. Kelly, Chairman, and Horace W.

Harper, member, transmitting proposal to amend sections

303 and 304.---

Letter from F. C. Squire, member, regarding amendments to

sections 303 and 304 -

Suggested amendment to section 304.---
Railroad Trainmen, Brotherhood of, letter from Harry See, national

legislative representative.--
Railway Conductors, Order of, letter from W. D. Johnson, vice

president and national legislative representative-------

Railway Labor Executives' Association:

Annual cost and level rate required to support the Railroad

Retirement Act as revised by proposed amendment, table ---

Labor Department press release, February 19, 1954. ---

Letters from Å. E. Lvon, transmitting additional information. 1, 57, 58

Report on H. R. 7843.--

177

Supplemental statement of A. E. Lyon.-----

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AMENDING RAILROAD RETIREMENT AOT, RAILROAD

RETIREMENT TAX ACT, AND RAILROAD UNEMPLOY MENT INSURANCE ACT

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1954

VIVOIS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,

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;

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