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Participation in Railroad Retirement is Mandatory
(Posted December 5, 1997)
Question 8: Is participation in the Railroad Retirement Program mandatory for rail workers?
Answer: Yes, like the Social Security Program and most private pension plans, all employees of railroads operating within the United States, with the exception of the Alaska Railroad, are required to participate.
In addition to Railroad Retirement, individual railroads may have a supplemental pension plan or a 401(k) retirement plan, in which membership may be voluntary.
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