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(Posted October 28, 2004)
Question 524: I am a Train Dispatcher and have been for over 30 years. I am 51 and have sleep apnea. I understand there was a recent directive from the Federal Railroad Administration to address sleep apnea issues (to remove employees with this problem). If the railroad pulls me out of service, will I qualify for Railroad Retirement disability, or can they force me into a different occupation?
Answer: Based on the information that you furnished, it appears you would qualify for an Occupational Disability Annuity from Railroad Retirement if the railroad "disqualifies" you because of your physical condition.
Assignment to work in another craft as an alternative is a matter for you, your brotherhood and the railroad to discuss. The railroad industry generally provides very limited opportunities for that to occur.
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