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Need At Least 25 Years of Railroad Work for Special Current Connection Protection
(Posted March 21, 2001)
Question 166: I'm writing about your answers to Questions 157 and 163. If I am involuntary terminated after 20 years because of "downsizing," do I receive special protection because of involuntary termination? Would accepting a severance payment or early retirement have any affect?
Answer: The special "current connection" protection for workers who are involuntary terminated from railroad employment can only apply to individuals with atleast 25 years of rail credits. With only 20 years, the worker would lose a current connection, as noted in Questions 157 and 163.
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