Unemployment Benefits for Railroad Employees
Instructions for Completing Application for Unemployment Benefits and Employment Service Form (Form UI-1)
To apply for unemployment benefits, complete the
UI-1 and mail it to
your local RRB office. You can also obtain an application from your
railroad employer or union official. Your application must be received
at the RRB within 30 days of the first day for which you wish to claim
benefits. You may lose benefits if your application is filed late.
Complete only one application during a benefit year even if you become
unemployed more than once during that benefit year. When the RRB
district office receives your completed application, the RRB will
notify your employer that you have applied for benefits. Your employer
may respond to the district office with any information relating to
Once we process your application, we will mail you a claim form. You
must complete and return the claim to the RRB district office. A notice
of your claim will then be sent to your employer.
Read the following
instructions carefully before completing your
application. If your application is not completed correctly, your
benefits may be delayed. Contact your local RRB office if you have
questions or need assistance in completing the form.
Section A - Identifying Information
Items 1 - 6 are self-explanatory.
Section B - Employment Information
- Item 7
- Show in Item 7a the name of the
railroad company for which you worked
most recently. (For example, "Conrail.")
- Show in Item 7b the
title of your job (for example, "Trainman.")
- Show in Item 7c the
city and state where you last performed your
- Check the box in Item 7d that indicates why you are not now working for
your last railroad employer. If you check box 9 "Other," write an explanation in
the space provided.
- If you have quit or resigned any railroad or non railroad job within the
past 3 years, answer Item 7e
"Yes." You must specify the date you
resigned or quit, and the name of your former employer in Items (1) and
- If you are claiming unemployment benefits because you were discharged
or suspended from your last railroad job, you must complete Item
7f (1)-(4). If you are suspended, give
both the beginning and ending dates of the suspension period in Item
- Only complete Item
7g if you are unemployed due to a strike or work
stoppage and give the name of your labor union.
- Item 8
- Show in Item 8a the date that you want your first unemployment claim to
begin. The date you enter should be the first day after you last worked
for either a railroad or non railroad employer and for which you were
available for work and did not receive any pay. The date will be the
first day of your waiting period.
- Show in Item 8b the date you last worked for your last railroad
employer prior to the date you entered in Item 8a.
- Item 9
Check Item 9 "Yes" if you are covered by a job protection plan under
the National Job Stabilization Agreement or under a similar plan. You
should also check "Yes" if you are affected by a merger or line sale,
and may be entitled to a guaranteed wage. Also enter the name of the
employer providing the guarantee.
- Item 10
Check Item 10 "Yes" if you have been paid a severance, termination, or
separation allowance or buy-out. In Item 10a, enter the date of
separation and in Item 10b, enter the name of the employer that paid
- Item 11
If you have been self-employed in the past 2 years or you are currently
self-employed, you must answer this question "Yes." In addition,
provide the type of self-employment in Item 11a (for example,
"tax-preparer," "carpenter"), and the date you were last
self-employed in Item 11b.
- Item 12
If you have been employed by a nonrailroad employer in the past 2
years, answer Item
Enter the employer name in Item
employer address in Item
12a(2), your date last
worked for that employer in Item
12a(3), your job title in Item
12a(4) and the reason you are not now working for that employer
in Item 12a(5). If you have worked for more than one nonrailroad
employer in the past 2 years, answer Item 12b "Yes."
- Item 13 is self-explanatory.
Section C - School Information
Item 14 is self-explanatory.
Section D - Other Benefits
- Item 15
Unemployment benefits under the Act are not payable, or are payable at a reduced
amount, if you are also receiving social security benefits, military retirement
pay or retainer pay, or any other retirement, unemployment or survivor benefits provided by
If you are receiving any other benefits under any law, answer item
15 "Yes." Enter the type of benefit(s)
in Item 15a, the effective date in Item
15b, and the monthly amount you receive
before deductions in Item 15c.
Section E - Direct Deposit Information
- Item 16
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury)
requires all federal benefit payments to be
made electronically. You will need to choose
an electronic payment option. You can choose to
have your payments made by
Direct Deposit to a
bank, savings and loan, credit union account or other
financial institution or to a
Direct Express® Debit
Mastercard®. Both options save money by eliminating
the need to print and mail checks.
An electronic payment has many advantages.
Payments are generally available 2 or 5 days sooner
than payment by check. You do not have to worry
about a check being lost, stolen or misplaced and
you can be away from home without the worry of a
check sitting unprotected in your mailbox. There is
no need to wait for mail delivery of a check or to
make a special trip to your financial institution.
To provide the information we need to correctly
deposit your benefit payments,
attach a voided
personal check to your application or call your
financial institution for the information needed to
complete Items 16a-d.
If you change financial institutions or your
while claiming benefits,
be sure to give
the RRB information to establish Direct Deposit to
your new account.
Do not close your old account
until you receive the first RRB payment in your
Electronic Payment Waiver Conditions
Treasury will allow benefit payments to be paid via
paper check to individuals who:
- were born before May 1, 1921,
- have a mental impairment and do not have a representative payee,
- live in a remote area of the country that lacks infrastructure to support electronic financial transactions, or
- had a Direct Express® Debit Mastercard® that was suspended or cancelled.
You will need to contact Treasury directly at 1-800-
333-1795 to apply for a waiver.
Section F - Certification And Signature
Item 17 is self-explanatory.