UTU Alumni Association aids union’s retirees

September 9, 2008

The UTU Alumni Association is the new name of the program that serves retired members of the United Transportation Union.
Established as the UTU Retiree Program by delegates in 1976 to aid union retirees and their families, the program most recently was called the UTU for Life program.
(This program has no relation to lifetime UTU membership, which is awarded when a member retires in good standing. Retired members holding lifetime membership in the UTU are not automatically members of the UTU Alumni Association.)
The UTU Alumni Association is a voluntary, money-saving program for transportation retirees from all crafts.
UTU Alumni Association members enjoy the many benefits shown here:

  • The UTU News, the official publication of the UTU, covering items of interest to retired and active members, including developments affecting Railroad Retirement pensions;
  • Automatic listing in The Final Call, the notice of recent deaths carried in the UTU News;
  • A UTU Alumni Association baseball-style cap;
  • An annual full-size UTU wall calendar, featuring beautiful transportation photos;
  • Membership in the nearest Alumni Association chapter;
  • Discounts on car rentals from National Car Rental in the U.S., Tilden in Canada;
  • Discounts at popular lodging chains, such as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Days Inns, Red Roof Inns, and Super 8;
  • Discounts on cellular telephones and services from AT&T;
  • An important documents folder for keeping insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.;
  • A 41-page UTU/UTUIA Assets Manager to keep track of financial information;
  • A 36-page UTU/UTUIA Medical Manager for important medical information;
  • Automatic enrollment in the UTU Travelers’ Club, which sponsors world-wide excursions at affordable, group rates;
  • Discounts on railroad art by renowned railroad artist “Scotty.”

The UTU Alumni Association is under the direction of retired Florida State Legislative Director Carl Cochran, who works every day to make sure the program serves the retired members of this union.
As a retired state legislative director, Cochran is also in touch with state and national lawmakers who hold sway over the Railroad Retirement System. He is an important aid to the UTU’s Legislative Department in protecting and improving this vital program.
Retired UTU members in the U.S. and Canada, as well as those individuals nearing retirement or interested in pension and other issues affecting transportation-labor families, are invited to participate in the UTU Alumni Association.
With annual dues set at only $9.00 (U.S.) per year (the same as when the program was established in 1976!), membership in this fast-growing program doesn’t cost – it pays!
Check out the UTU Alumni Association page by clicking here.
Download and print a membership application form by clicking here.
If you want to join now and prefer to pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), call the Alumni Association administrator at (216) 228-9400, ext. 323.