BNSF people interested in learning more about how Railroad Retirement
benefits have changed following President Bush's signature of the
Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act of 2001 on Dec. 21,
can take advantage of several sources of information. Many of the new
provisions take effect Jan. 1, 2002.
For general information, log on to the Railroad Retirement Board's Web
site at http://www.rrb.gov.
Information on Railroad Retirement benefits is available from the
Railroad Retirement Board through its district offices. You can find the
address and telephone number of the Board office serving your area by
calling the Board's automated toll-free Help Line at 1-800- 808-0772, or
on the Board's Web site. If you plan to visit a Board office, be sure to
call for an appointment. Most Railroad Retirement Board field offices
are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., local time, Monday
through Friday, except on federal holidays.
Scheduled employees interested in applying for Railroad
Retirement benefits also should contact their health insurance provider:
UnitedHealthcare at 1-800-842-5252 (active members that are covered by
GA23000 or UTU should ask for information and forms for the retirement
plan GA46000); Care Hospital Association at 1-800-334-1330, Extension
310; or the Coast Lines Hospital Association at 1-626-967-3550.
Scheduled employees who intend to retire also must provide their
supervisor with a letter of resignation. A copy of the letter also
should be faxed to Doris Zwadyk at company line 551-2731 (use area code
913 if faxing from a non-network phone). Further questions can be
directed to Zwadyk at company line 551-2725 (use area code 913 if
calling from a non-network phone).
Salaried employees considering retirement can access BNSF's
Intranet site and select Departments, Benefits, then Retirement, or
access this address:
There you can read several frequently asked questions and answers, and
print an application form. To avoid any delays in receiving benefits in
a timely manner, the application form should be completed and returned
about 90 days before your anticipated retirement date.
Questions regarding retiree medical and life insurance should be
addressed to Sageo, BNSF's benefits administrator, at 1-877-847-2436.
Please call 352-3620 (area code 817 if using a non-network phone) with
any other questions concerning retirement.