December 12, 2001

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12)–The Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act is on its way to the White House after the House of Representatives yesterday voted 369-33 to approve a minor technical correction. Sources said President Bush is expected to sign the bill sometime in the next two weeks, allowing it to take effect January 1.

UTU members in Illinois can take particular pride in the fact that the state’s House delegation–split evenly between Republicans and Democrats–voted unanimously in favor of the measure.

“The unanimous vote shows our members really did their homework,” said UTU Illinois Legislative Director Joseph C. Szabo. “Every time rail labor asked for a letter-writing or telephone campaign, Illinois UTU members responded in force, and all of the state’s senators and congressmen got the message.”