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Title: RETIREMENT PLAN OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION
Governing Law: Virginia     Date: 2/22/2007
Industry: Railroads     Sector: Transportation

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Exhibit 10(ww)

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              RETIREMENT PLAN

 

                                                                            OF

 

                                                NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION

 

                                                                           AND

 

                                            PARTICIPATING SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

 

                                                              Effective June 1, 1982

 

                                              Amended to and Including December 1, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As amended and restated:

/s/ Gloria W. Dana

 

 

Gloria W. Dana

 

Secretary, Retirement Plan of

 

Norfolk Southern Corporation and

 

Participating Subsidiary Companies

 

 

 

 

Date:

Feb. 2, 2007

 

 

                                                                             


RETIREMENT PLAN

 

OF

 

NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION

 

AND PARTICIPATING SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

 

 

 

INDEX

 

Page

 

ARTICLE I.

INTRODUCTION

1

ARTICLE II.

DEFINITIONS

1

ARTICLE III.

MEMBERSHIP

9

ARTICLE IV.

CREDITABLE SERVICE

10

ARTICLE V.

RETIREMENT

13

ARTICLE VI.

RETIREMENT BENEFITS

15

ARTICLE VII.

LIMITATION ON BENEFITS

22

ARTICLE VIII.

SURVIVORSHIP BENEFITS AND OPTIONS

23

ARTICLE IX.

VESTING AND TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT

30

ARTICLE X.

FUNDING

 

ARTICLE XI.

ADMINISTATION OF PLAN AND TRUST PROVISIONS

 

ARTICLE XII.

MANAGEMENT OF FUND

 

ARTICLE XII1.

CERTAIN RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF NSC AND THE

 

 

   PARTICIPATING SUBSIDIARIES

 

ARTICLE XIV.

NONALIENATION OF BENEFITS

 

ARTICLE XV.

REFUND OF EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS

 

ARTICLE XVI.

AMENDMENTS

 

ARTICLE XVII.

PARTICIPATION BY SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES - JOINT

 

 

   ADMINISTRATION OF OTHER PLANS

 

ARTICLE XVIII.

MERGER OR CONSOLIDATION

 

ARTICLE XIX.

CONSTRUCTION

 

ARTICLE XX.

CANADIAN MEMBERS

 

ARTICLE XXI.

TOP HEAVY PROVISIONS

 

ARTICLE XXII.

NW PLAN FOR SUPLEMENTAL PENSIONS

 

ARTICLE XXIII.

RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS

 

ARTICLE XXIV.

MILITARY SERVICE

 

ARTICLE XXV.

DISABILITY BENEFIT

 

ARTICLE XXVI.

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Schedule A.

Additional Retirement Benefits

 

Schedule B.

Additional Retirement Benefits

 

Schedule C.

Reduction in Retirement Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE I.   INTRODUCTION

 

Norfolk Southern Corporation has established this Retirement Plan ("Plan") effective June 1, 1982 ("Effective   Date"), for its employees and employees of each subsidiary and affiliated company which adopts the Plan and is approved for participation in the Plan as provided in Article XVII.   This Plan is the successor to and supersedes, as of the Effective Date, the following retirement plans:

 

Retirement Plan of Norfolk and Western Railway Company

Southern Railway System Retirement Plan

Retirement Plan of Chesapeake Western Railway

Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad Company Retirement Plan

Retirement Plan of Norfolk , Franklin and Danville Railway Company

Pocahontas Land Corporation Plan for Supplemental Pensions

Virginia Holding Corporation Supplemental Pension Plan

Retirement Plan of Lambert's Point Docks, Incorporated

 

This Plan also is the successor to and supersedes the Norfolk and Western Railway Company Plan for Supplemental Pensions and the Des Moines Union Railway Defined Benefit Pension Plan and Trust, effective December 31, 1988, and February 28, 1989, respectively.


 

 

ARTICLE II.   DEFINITIONS

 

AC&Y Plan

The Akron , Canton & Youngstown Railroad Company Pension and Insurance Plan.

 

Accrued Benefit

As of any date for any Member the retirement benefit under Article VI.

 

Additional Retirement Benefit

The additional monthly retirement benefit provided under Article VI as set forth in Schedule A or Schedule B of the Plan.

 

Agreement Service

Service in a position for which the rates of pay are governed by the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (other than those excepted under Section 4 of Supplemental Agreement "A" between NW and the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, effective January 12, 1979).

 

Agreement Trainee

An Employee in training for a position that is not a Nonagreement position.

 

Average Final Compensation

Average monthly Compensation paid to a Member during any five Compensation Years out of the 120 months of Creditable Service ending with the last month in which the Member was employed in a Nonagreement Position (or, if less than 120, of the actual number of months of Creditable Service), which will produce the highest average monthly Compensation. In the case of a Member who has not served five Compensation Years during his last 120 (or less) months of Creditable Service, such average shall be computed by disregarding breaks in service for the purpose of determining Compensation Years. In the case of a Member retired with less than 60 months of Creditable Service, the average monthly Compensation during his total months of Creditable Service shall be used.

 

Board of Directors

Board of Directors of NSC.

 

Board of Managers

Pursuant to Article XI, the Board that acts as trustee and is charged with administering the Plan.

 

Bonus

A payment made pursuant to the Norfolk Southern Corporation Annual Bonus Program, Norfolk Southern Corporation Management Incentive Plan, Norfolk Southern Corporation Executive Management Incentive Plan or NS Stock Unit Plan.

 

Closing Date

The Closing Date as defined in the Transaction Agreement by and among CSX Corporation, CSX Transportation, Inc., Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Conrail Inc., Consolidated Rail Corporation and CRR Holding LLC, dated as of June 10, 1997.

 

Code

The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Compensation

Remuneration in the form of salary (increased by the amount of the Member's salary used that is not includible in the gross income of the Member because it is contributed by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary pursuant to the Member's salary reduction agreement and which is not includible in the gross income of the Member under (i) Section 402(e)(3) of the Code, as a Basic or Catch-Up Contribution to the Thrift and Investment Plan of Norfolk Southern Corporation and Participating Subsidiary Companies, (ii) Section 125 of the Code, to provide benefits under the Norfolk Southern Corporation Comprehensive Benefits Plan, or (iii) Section 132(f)(4) of the Code, to provide benefits under the Pre-Tax Transportation Plan of Norfolk Southern Corporation and Participating Subsidiary Companies), or vacation pay paid to an Employee or former Employee for service in a Nonagreement Position, or Bonus for nonagreement service which is paid to an Employee in a Nonagreement Position, as reported to the Internal Revenue Service for Federal income tax purposes. Severance payments made pursuant to individual change-in-control agreements between a Member and NSC shall be included within this definition. Any other severance payments and special award payments, such as payments made under recruitment, safety, quality and retention programs, shall not be included within this definition. Annual compensation in excess of the limit provided in Section 401(a)(17)(B) of the Code shall not be included within this definition, except as otherwise permitted by law.

 

Compensation Year

Any twelve consecutive month period of monthly Compensation ending on the last day of the same month as the last month in which the Member was employed in a Nonagreement Position.

 

Conrail

Consolidated Rail Corporation.

 

Conrail Plan

Supplemental Pension Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation.

 

Creditable Service

A Member's creditable service, as defined in Article IV, for purposes of the Plan.

 

CW Plan

Retirement Plan of Chesapeake Western Railway.

 

Disability Benefit

The monthly disability benefit not to exceed the amount of the Normal Retirement Benefit the Member would receive if the Member separated from service at age 65 (taking into account any additional Creditable Service the Member would have earned if he had continued to work for Norfolk Southern Corporation or a Participating Subsidiary until age 65).

 

Disability Benefit Compensation

A Member's basic monthly salary (not to exceed the monthly equivalent of the annual compensation limit prescribed by Section 401(a)(17) of the Code).

 

DMU Plan

Des Moines Union Railway Defined Benefit Pension Plan and Trust.

 

Eligible Child or Children

A Member's natural or adopted children (unless such natural or adopted children have been legally adopted by other individuals), who at the date of the Member's death are unmarried and under the age of 21 or who are totally and permanently disabled. An Eligible Child shall cease to be such as of the earlier of the last day of the month in which the child marries or attains the age of 21, or, if later, the last day of the month in which the child ceases to be totally and permanently disabled.

 

Eligible Parent or Parents

A Member's natural mother or father or, if the Member was legally adopted, the adoptive parents in lieu of the natural parents.

 

Employee

A person who is employed as an employee by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary on a full-time basis, or who is employed by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary on a regular part-time basis and is designated as an Employee by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary and, in each instance, who receives compensation directly from NSC or a Participating Subsidiary for services rendered as an employee in the United States or Canada.   Notwithstanding the previous sentence, the term "Employee" shall not include (w) a person who is covered by a contract or agreement that specifies that such person is not eligible to participate in the Plan; (x) a person who has terminated from employment with NSC or a Participating Subsidiary, unless designated as an Employee by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary; (y) a person who is a "Leased Employee" within the meaning of Section 414(n) of the Code or whose basic compensation for services on behalf of NSC or a Participating Subsidiary is not paid directly by NSC or a Participating Subsidiary; or (z) a person who is classified as a special status employee or an independent contractor because his or her employment status is temporary, seasonal or otherwise inconsistent with regular employment. An employee that NSC or a Participating Subsidiary mistakenly but in good faith classifies as other than an Employee shall be deemed to be an Employee as of the date on which NSC or a Participating Subsidiary reclassifies him or her as an Employee.

 

Fund

The assets held from time to time under the Plan.

 

Highly Compensated Employee

Any Employee who,(i) was at any time during the current year or preceding year a Five Percent Owner; or (ii) during the preceding year (A) received compensation from the Corporation or a Participating Subsidiary in excess of $80,000(as adjusted under Code Section 415(d))and (B) in the case of an Employee of any Participating Subsidiary not treated as a single employer together with the Corporation under Sections 414(b), 414(c), 414(m), 414(n), or 414(o) of the Code. For purposes of this definition, the term "compensation" means compensation within the meaning of Section 415(c)(3). For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2001, "compensation" shall include elective amounts that are not includible in the gross income of the employee by reason of Section 132(f)(4) of the Code. Highly compensated former employees (as defined in Code Section 414(q)(9)) shall be treated as Highly Compensated Employees for all relevant purposes. For purposes of this definition, Employees who are nonresident aliens and who receive no earned income from the Corporation or a Participating Subsidiary which constitutes income from sources within the United States shall not be treated as Employees. The determination of who is a Highly Compensated Employee, including the determinations of the number and identity of Employees in the top paid group, the number of Employees treated as officers and the compensation that is taken into account, shall be made in accordance with Code Section 414(q) and the regulations thereunder.

 

Hour of Service

Each hour for which an Employee is paid, or entitled to payment for the performance or nonperformance of duties, or each hour for which back pay, regardless of mitigation of damages, is either awarded or agreed to by the employer. An Hour of Service shall be computed and credited in accordance with DOL Regulation 2530.200b.

 

K&IT Plan

Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad Company Retirement Plan.

 

Leased Employee

Any person (other than employee of NSC or a Participating Subsidiary) who pursuant to an agreement between the recipient and any other person ("leasing organization") has performed services for the recipient (or for the recipient and related persons determined in accordance with section 414(n)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code) on a substantially full-time basis for a period of at least one year, and such services are performed under primary direction or control of the recipient.

 

LPD Plan

Retirement Plan of Lambert's Point Docks, Incorporated.

 

LTD Plan

The Long-Term Disability Plan of Norfolk Southern and Participating Subsidiary Companies or any successor plan

 

Member

A person entitled to participate in the Plan.

 

Month of Service

Any calendar month in which an Employee is paid, or entitled to payment, for the performance or nonperformance of duties. A Month of Service shall be treated as the equivalent of 190 Hours of Service in accordance with DOL Regulation 2530.200b-3.

 

NF&D Plan

Retirement Plan of Norfolk , Franklin and Danville Railway Company.

 

Nonagreement Position

A position for which the rates of pay are not governed by the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (but including those employees excepted under Section 4 of Supplemental Agreement "A" between NW and the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, effective January 12, 1979), excluding those employees who perform service on positions in job class M11 (relief yardmasters/supervisors).

 

Normal Retirement Age

Age 65.

 

 

Normal Retirement Benefit

The greater of the early retirement benefit under the Plan or the benefit commencing under the Plan at Normal Retirement Date.

 

Normal Retirement Date

First day of the month next succeeding the month in which the Member attains Normal Retirement Age.

 

NSC

Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Virginia Corporation.

 

NW

Norfolk and Western Railway Company, a Virginia Corporation.

 

NW Plan

Retirement Plan of Norfolk and Western Railway.

 

NW Supplemental Plan

Norfolk and Western Railway Company Plan for

Supplemental Pensions.

 

Participating Subsidiary

Each subsidiary or affiliated company of NSC which adopts the Plan and is approved for participation in the Plan as provided for in Article XVII.

 

Plan

Retirement Plan of Norfolk Southern Corporation and Participating Subsidiary Companies.

 

Plan Year

Calendar Year.

 

PLC Plan

Pocahontas Land Corporation Plan for Supplemental Pensions.

 

Projected Normal Retirement Benefit

The Member's projected accrued benefit under the Plan at Normal Retirement Age assuming the Member's Average Final Compensation at Normal Retirement Age equals his Average Final Compensation as measured on the last day in which the Member was an Employee and taking into account any additional Creditable Service the Member would have earned if he had continued to work at Norfolk Southern Corporation or a Participating Subsidiary until Normal Retirement Age.

 

Service Ratio

A fraction (not exceeding 1) the numerator of which is the Member's number of Months of Service and the denominator of which is the number of Months of Service the Member would have if he served until Normal Retirement Age.

 

Southern

Formerly, Southern Railway Company, a Virginia Corporation, name changed to Norfolk Southern Railway Company, effective December 31, 1990.

 

Southern Plan

Southern Railway System Retirement Plan.

 

Surviving Spouse

A deceased Member's lawful surviving spouse, as determined under the Code, who was married to the Member on the date of retirement or date of death before retirement.

 

VHC Plan

Virginia Holding Corporation Supplemental Pension Plan.

 

Year of Service

Any twelve consecutive month period, as measured from the date of employment or anniversaries thereof, in which an Employee has not less than 1000 Hours of Service.

 

 

Wherever used in the Plan, words in the masculine form shall be deemed to refer to females as well as males, and words referring to the singular or plural shall include the plural or singular, as the case may be.

 

 

ARTICLE III.   MEMBERSHIP

 

1.          Every person who is a member of the NW Plan, Southern Plan, CW Plan, K&IT Plan, NF&D Plan, PLC Plan or VHC Plan on the Effective Date shall become a Member on such date.   Every person who is a member of the LPD Plan shall become a Member on January 1, 1984.   Every person who is a member of the NW Supplemental Plan or the DMU Plan shall become a Member on December 31, 1988, and February 28, 1989, respectively.   However, a Member who is a member of the NW Supplemental Plan on December 31, 1988, and does not perform service for Compensation in a Nonagreement Position on or after December 31, 1988, shall be governed solely by the provisions of Article XXII of the Plan.

 

2.          Every other Employee shall become a Member on the first day he performs service for Compensation in a Nonagreement Position on or after the Effective Date.   Effective February 1, 1999, however, any Employee who begins to perform service as an Agreement Trainee on or after that date and was not previously a Member of the Plan will not be a Member of the Plan unless and until the Employee subsequently performs service in a Nonagreement Position other than that of Agreement Trainee.

 

3.          Unless a Member's rights in the Plan have vested under Article IX, or the Member dies in active service or during Disability Service and has made an effective election under Section 2 of Article VIII, his membership in the Plan shall terminate at the time he shall cease to be an Employee for any reason other than retirement or Disability Service.   Except as otherwise provided in Article IX, such a person shall be entitled only to a refund of his contributions, if any, held by the Plan with interest at such rate as shall from time to time be set by the Board of Managers.   A person whose membership has been so terminated shall again become a Member if subsequent to such termination he performs service for Compensation in a Nonagreement Position.

 

 

ARTICLE IV.   CREDITABLE SERVICE

 

1.          Creditable Service shall consist of:

 

(a)         Each Year of Service (or fraction thereof) with NSC or a Participating Subsidiary in a Nonagreement Position commencing on and measured from the later of the first day a Member performs service for Compensation or the Member's 1982 anniversary of his date of employment;

 

(b)         Service creditable as a member under the NW Plan, Southern Plan, AC&Y Plan, CW Plan, K&IT Plan, NF&D Plan, PLC Plan, or VHC Plan measured to the 1982 anniversary of the Member's date of employment (or the Member's employment termination date, if earlier), without regard to whether such 1982 anniversary date was before or after the Effective Date;

 

(c)         Service creditable as a member under the LPD Plan prior to January 1, 1984, as measured from the Member's date of employment;

 

(d)         Service (other than service creditable under the Conrail Plan as a result of the terms or provisions of any change-in-control agreement, employment agreement, severance agreement or other similar agreement) creditable to a member under the Conrail Plan beginning on April 1, 1976;

 

            (e)         The following periods of Agreement Service not credited under subparagraph (a) or (b) above:

 

(i)          Agreement Service, prior to the Effective Date, of a Member (on the Effective Date) hired prior to the Effective Date with NW, Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway Company, The Virginian Railway Company, The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Company, Wabash Railroad Company, New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois Railroad Company, The Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway Company, and The Lake Erie and Fort Wayne Railroad Company;

 

(ii)         Agreement Service, prior to the Effective Date, of a Member who was a member of the Southern Plan on or after July 22, 1980, with a "System Company" as defined in the Southern Plan, but only if such Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) for five or more years, whether or not consecutive; and

 

(iii)        Agreement Service after the Effective Date of a Member with NSC or a Participating Subsidiary where followed by service in a Nonagreement Position, but only if such Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) for five or more years, whether or not consecutive; and

 

(iv)        Agreement Service with Conrail on or after April 1, 1976, of a Member, but only if such Member has been employed by NSC in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) for five or more years, whether or not consecutive, after March 7, 1997; and

 

(f)         Service creditable as a member under the DMU Plan prior to March 1, 1989, as measured from the Member's date of employment.

 

(g)         Each Year of Service (or fraction thereof), as defined under this Plan, with Virginia Railway Association, for Members who are Employees on December 31, 2004 and who retire on or after January 1, 2005.

 

(h)         Each Year of Service (or fraction thereof) in a non-agreement position, as defined under this Plan, with Illinois Terminal Railroad Company, for Members who are Employees on December 31, 2004, and who retire on or after January 1, 2005.

 

(i)          Service by a Member in job class M11 for NSC or a Participating Subsidiary where followed by service in a Nonagreement Position, but only if such Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) for five or more years, whether or not consecutive.

 

1.                   2.                    Creditable Service shall also include:

 

            (a)         Periods of absence because of illness or injury;

 

(b)         Periods of Disability Service except that a Member shall be credited with one Month of Service hereunder for each two months of any such Disability Service;

 

(c)         Periods of service not in excess of the longer of a total of 60 months or the period of absence permitted for the purpose of establishing entitlement to reemployment rights under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA") in the uniformed services of the United States, as defined in USERRA, or the armed forces of Canada, if the Member was a Member of the Plan (or a predecessor plan) immediately prior to such service and returned to employment within 90 days after release from such armed forces or within the time fixed by law for retention of employment rights, whichever is greater, except that if the Member dies during such period of service, Creditable Service shall be determined as if the Member returned to employment on the day of the Member's death in the uniformed services of the United States, as defined in USERRA, or the armed forces of Canada; and

 

(d)         Periods of leave of absence, under rules of the Board of Managers uniformly applicable to all similarly situated Members, to accept, at the request of NSC or a Participating Subsidiary, employment by a subsidiary company, to attend educational institutions, to accept employment by a government or government agency, or to carry out other activities approved by the Board of Managers.

 

3.          (a)         During a period of absence for which Creditable Service is granted under Paragraphs 2(a), (b), and (d) or during a period of service in the armed forces of Canada for which Creditable Service is granted under Paragraph 2(c), the Member shall be deemed to have earned the greater of Compensation at the regular monthly or annual rate in effect immediately preceding such absence or at the regular monthly or normal rate payable to the Member for services rendered to his employer during such leave of absence.

 

(b)         During a period of service in the uniformed service of the United Sates for which Creditable Service is granted under Paragraph 2(c) of Article IV, the Member's monthly Compensation for each month during each such period shall be deemed to be either (a) the monthly Compensation the Member would have earned during the period of military service if he or she had not been on leave for such service; or (b) if this amount is not reasonably certain, the average monthly Compensation for the 12 months preceding the beginning of each such period of military service.

 

4.          If a Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position for less than five years, then, for purposes of computing the benefit under section 1 of Article VI, Creditable Service shall be the sum of a Member's Creditable Service under Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this Article IV plus the sum of:

 

(i)          Twenty percent (20%) multiplied by the number of years (or fraction thereof) that the Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) times Agreement Service, prior to the Effective Date, of a Member who was a member of the Southern Plan on or after July 22, 1980, with a "System Company" as defined in the Southern Plan; and

 

(ii)         Twenty percent (20%) multiplied by the number of years (or fraction thereof) that the Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) multiplied by the sum of Agreement Service and service in job class M11 after the Effective Date of a Member with NSC or a Participating Subsidiary where followed by service in a Nonagreement Position; and

 

(iii)        Twenty percent (20%) multiplied by the number of years (or fraction thereof) that the Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position (not including Disability Service) after March 7, 1997, times Agreement Service of a Member with Conrail on or after April 1, 1976.

 

After the Member has been employed in a Nonagreement Position for five or more years, then Creditable Service for purposes of computing the benefit under Section 1 of Article VI shall be equal to the Member's Creditable Service under Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this Article IV, and this Section 4 shall no longer apply.

 

 

ARTICLE V.   RETIREMENT

 

1.          A Member shall retire not later than the end of the month in which he attains Normal Retirement Age, effective Normal Retirement Date, except where:

 

(a)         The provisions of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, or of any other applicable law, prohibit the mandatory retirement of such Member; or

 

(b)         The Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, requests a Member whose compensation is fixed by the Board of Directors to continue in service following the Member's Normal Retirement Date for such period of time as may be determined by the Board of Directors.

 

2.          A Member may retire at the end of any month, effective the first day of the following month, between attainment of ages 62 and 65.

 

3.          A Member may retire at the end of any month, effective the first day of the following month, between attainment of ages 60 and 62 if he is vested at the time of such retirement.

 

4.          An otherwise eligible Member between attainment of ages 55 and 60 who is vested under Article IX and who is actively employed in a Nonagreement Position or on Disability Service can elect either of the following two benefits:

 

(a)        A Member with not less than 10 Years of Service (including not less than 5 years of Creditable Service) may retire at the end of any month, effective the first day of the following month, with a temporary early retirement benefit, until the Member attains age 60, equal to the lesser of:

 

(i)          the Tier I Railroad Retirement or Social Security benefit that would be paid at earliest eligibility age, or

 

1.                   (ii)                 $500 per month.

 

Notwithstanding the above, if the Member is currently receiving any benefit under Railroad Retirement or Social Security the Member may retire under this provision but is not eligible for the temporary early retirement benefit.

 

(b)         A Member with not less than 10 Years of Service (including not less than five years of Creditable Service) may retire at the end of any month effective the first day of the following month and receive the benefit provided by Section 2 of Article VI.   A Member (other than a Member who was a member of the Conrail Plan on the Closing Date) may not retire under this Section of Article V until February 29, 2000, effective March 1, 2000.

 

5.          A Member retiring under any Section of this Article V shall make a written application to retire under the Plan in the manner and on the form specified by the Board of Managers.

 

 

ARTICLE VI.   RETIREMENT BENEFITS

 

1.          The retirement benefit of a Member who retires under Section 1 or 2 of Article V shall be, subject to the provisions of Article VIII, the sum of:

 

(a)         A monthly benefit equal to his Average Final Compensation multiplied by 1.5% times the number of years of his Creditable Service (or fraction thereof), but not in excess of 60% of such Average Final Compensation, except as provided in Section 4 of this Article VI; and

 

(b)         A monthly benefit equal to 1/120th of the Member's accumulated and unrefunded contributions to the NW Supplemental Plan (including interest to the date of retirement), if any;

 

(c)         A monthly Additional Retirement Benefit, if any, applicable to the Member as contained in Schedule A of the Plan, effective January 1, 1996, provided that the Internal Revenue Service subsequently issues a favorable determination letter approving such Additional Retirement Benefit;

 


Less the sum of:

 

(d)         A monthly Additional Retirement Benefit, if any, applicable to the Member as contained in Schedule B of the Plan, beginning January 1, 2005:

 

(e)         70% of the monthly Railroad Retirement annuity or 66 2/3% of the monthly Social Security annuity (described in Section 3 of this Article VI), whichever is applicable, assuming that such annuity commenced at the earliest eligibility age following retirement;

 

(f)         The amount of any regular monthly annuity attributable to contributions by The Virginian Railway Company payable to the Member by the Plan for Pension Payments under Group Annuity Contract GR‑130 between The Virginian Railway Company and The Travelers Insurance Company;

 

(g)         The amount of any monthly benefit payable to the Member under Article XXII if the Member's Agreement Service was used to calculate a benefit under this Article VI;

 

(h)         The amount of any monthly benefit payable to the Member under the Merged Employees Pension Plan of Norfolk and Western Railway Company;

 

            (i)          The amount of any monthly benefit payable to the Member under the AC&Y Plan ; and

 

(j)          For Members who were participants in the Conrail Plan or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and who first became Members after August 26, 1999, the amount of any monthly benefit payable to the Member under the Conrail Plan (excluding any benefit described in Article 14 of the Conrail Plan as in effect on or after August 1, 1998) under the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and under any qualified defined benefit pension plan maintained by any other entity whose service is credited under the Conrail Plan and/or under the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation, with such amounts determined as if the Member had retired under the Conrail Plan and/or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation on the date of commencement of retirement benefits under this Plan.

 

(k)         The amount, if any, applicable to the Member as contained in Schedule C of the Plan, beginning January 1, 2005.

 

The offsets described in paragraphs (d) through (i) of this Section 1 shall begin as of the date the amounts described in such paragraph first become payable, or are assumed to have become payable, to the Member.   If the Member's benefit under any other plan is paid in a form that does not provide monthly payments, the offsets described in paragraphs (d) through (i) shall be determined as if the Member's benefit under such other plan had been paid as a single life annuity.

 

2.          The retirement benefit of a Member who retires under Section 3 or 4(b) of Article V shall be computed as follows:

 

(a)        The retirement benefit of a Member who retires under Section 3 of Article V shall be the benefit calculated under Section 1 of this Article VI; provided, however, that, if his Creditable Service at the time of retirement is less than 10 years, the amounts determined under paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of said Section 1 shall be reduced by 1/180th for each calendar month which the Member is under age 62 at the time of his retirement, and this benefit will be further reduced by the amounts under paragraphs (d) through (i) of Section 1 when such amounts are payable to the Member; and provided further that a Member whose benefit is computed under this Section 2 of Article VI may elect in writing to defer receipt of his retirement benefit under the Plan to the first day of any month following his 60th birthday up to the first day of the month following attainment of age 62 and if the Member so elects, the 1/180th reduction shall only be made for each month, if any, by which the commencement of pay of the Member's retirement benefit precedes his attaining age 62.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, the 1/180th reduction shall not apply if a Member has not less than five years of Creditable Service and not less than ten Years of Service.

 

(b)         The retirement benefit of a member who retires under Section 4(b) of Article V shall be the benefit calculated under Section 1 of this Article VI; provided, however, that the sum of the amounts determined under paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of said Section 1 shall be reduced by 1/360th for each calendar month which the Member is under age 60 at the time of his retirement, and this benefit will be further reduced by the amounts under paragraphs (d) through (i) of Section 1 when such amounts are payable to the Member.

 

3.          For purposes of calculating the retirement benefit under this Article VI:

 

(a)         The monthly Railroad Retirement annuity shall mean the monthly annuity payable under the Railroad Retirement Act computed on the basis of total railroad service multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the total months of Creditable Service and the denominator of which is such total railroad service.   (Such annuity shall exclude the supplemental annuity payable under Title I of Public Law 89‑699 or any corresponding or successor legislation);

 

(b)         The monthly Social Security annuity shall mean the Primary Insurance Annuity computed under the Social Security Act on the basis of creditable compensation under the Act applicable to Creditable Service under the Plan; and

 

(c)         The monthly Railroad Retirement annuity or Social Security annuity shall be computed as of the actual retirement date, the commencement date of last Disability Service not followed by a return to active service, or the date of final termination of service prior to age 60, whichever is earliest.   In the case of a Member of the Plan on August 1, 1997, who retires after the Member's Normal Retirement Date, the Member's benefit shall be no less than the Member's benefit computed under this Article VI as of August 1, 1997, but using the Normal Retirement Date to determine the monthly Railroad Retirement or Social Security annuity.

 

4.          In computing the retirement benefit of a Member under this Article VI, who was a member of the NW Plan or PLC Plan and who has more than 40 years of Creditable Service as of the Effective Date, such Member shall for purposes of Section 1(a) of this Article VI have his Average Final Compensation multiplied by 1.5% times the number of years of his Creditable Service on the Effective Date, without limitation.

 

5.          (a)         The retirement benefit of a Member, who was a member of the NW Supplemental Plan, computed under this Article VI shall not be less than his benefit computed under Article XXII solely on the basis of service and compensation creditable through April 30, 1965, or the date on which the Member is first in a Nonagreement Position, whichever is later; and

 

(b)         The retirement benefit of a Member, who was a member of the NW Supplemental Plan, computed under this Article VI shall not be less than a benefit equal to 1/120th of the Member's accumulated and unrefunded contributions (including interest to date of retirement), if any, to the NW Supplemental Plan, reduced in accordance with Section 2 of this Article VI, if such reduction is applicable.

 

6.          The retirement benefit of a Member who was a member of the Southern Plan on July 21, 1980, shall be the greater of the amount computed under Section 1 of this Article VI or computed as follows:

 

(a)         A monthly benefit equal to 45% of the Member's Average Final Compensation plus 1/4 of 1% of Average Final Compensation for each year that the Member's Creditable Service at the time of retirement exceeds 30 years, but in no event shall such additional benefit exceed 2 1/2% of Average Final Compensation, plus any applicable Additional Retirement Benefit, reduced by:

 

(i)          63% of the monthly Railroad Retirement annuity or 60% of the monthly Social Security annuity (described in Section 3 of this Article VI), whichever is applicable, assuming that such annuity commenced at the earliest eligibility age following retirement;

 

(ii)         1/180th for each month by which the Member's retirement precedes the attainment of age 65 if the Member has less than 20 years of Creditable Service; and

 

                        (iii)        1/180th for each month by which the Member's Creditable Service is less than 15 years.

 

(b)         A Member whose retirement benefit is computed under paragraph (a) of this Section 6 may elect in writing to defer receipt of his retirement benefit under the Plan to the first day of any month following his 60th birthday up to Normal Retirement Date.   If the Member so elects, the reduction to be made pursuant to paragraph 6(a)(ii) shall only be made for each month, if any, by which the commencement of payment of the Member's retirement benefit precedes his attaining age 65.

 

7.          The retirement benefit of a Member who was a member of the DMU Plan on February 28, 1989, shall be the greater of the amount computed under Section 1 of Article VI or computed as follows:

 

(a)         A monthly benefit commencing at Normal Retirement Age equal to 1.5% of Average Final Compensation multiplied by Years of Creditable Service, minus 7.8% of the Primary Insurance Amount (for Social Security purposes) for each year of Creditable Service, with a maximum offset of 78%, plus any applicable Additional Retirement Benefit, reduced by

 

(i)          an amount which is actuarially equivalent to the amount of any benefit the Member is eligible to receive under any qualified pension or profit sharing plan of an owner company of the Des Moines Union Railway Company based on the same period of service, and

 

(ii)         for a Member who terminates after completing 15 Years of Service and after attaining age 60, 1/180th for each full month by which his early retirement precedes his Normal Retirement Age.

 

8.          If an individual became a Member on or before August 26, 1999, and the Member was previously a participant in the Conrail Plan or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation and accrued a benefit that was transferred to the Plan, the Member's retirement benefit shall be the greater of (1) the amount computed under Sections 2 through 7 of this Article VI, and (ii) the Member's benefit he accrued under the Conrail Plan (excluding any benefit described in Article 14 of the Conrail Plan as in effect on or after August 1, 1998) or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation.

 

9.          Except as provided in the following sentence, in Section 6(b) of this Article VI, or in Section 9 or 10 of Article VIII, every retirement benefit shall be payable in monthly installments for life commencing with the calendar month immediately following the month in which the Member retires and ending with the month immediately prior to the month in which the Member or, if a survivorship election is in effect, his survivor dies or ceases to be eligible for survivor benefits. If the present value (determined , for this purpose only , (a) in the case of employees retiring before June 1, 1999, using the interest rate in effect on January 1 of the Plan Year which would be used by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for purposes of determining the present value of a lump sum distribution on plan termination or (b) in the case of employees retiring on or after June 1, 1999, using the average annual yield on 30-year Treasury securities at constant maturity effective for November of the year preceding the Plan Year and the "applicable mortality table," as defined in Section 417(e)(3)(A)(ii)(I) of the Code) of either a retirement benefit or a survivorship benefit payable pursuant to Article VIII does not exceed $5,000, such benefit will be paid as soon as administratively feasible in a lump sum distribution, either (i) to a vested Member upon the earlier of retirement or termination of his employment with NSC or a Participating Subsidiary, (ii) to the Surviving Spouse of such vested Member, (iii) to an "alternate payee", as defined in Section 414(p)(8) of the Code, or (iv) if the Member, Surviving Spouse, or alternate payee, as the case may be, so elects in writing, to the trustee of an "eligible retirement plan", as defined in Section 402(c)(8)(B) of the Code. No distribution may be made under the preceding sentence after the annuity starting date unless the Member and his Spouse, or if the Member has died his Surviving Spouse, consent in writing to such payment. Effective with respect to any mandatory distribution that is payable on or after March 28, 2005, that is greater than $1,000 but that does not exceed $5,000, if the Member does not elect to have such distribution paid directly to an eligible retirement plan specified by the Member in a direct rollover or to receive the distribution directly in a lump sum distribution, then the Plan administrator will pay the distribution in a direct rollover to an individual retirement plan designated by the Plan administrator. If a Member who has received a lump sum distribution of the present value of his retirement benefit is subsequently rehired by the Corporation, he shall again participate in the Plan as of his date of re‑employment and his prior period of service shall be restored for purposes of Article IX, except that his prior period of Creditable Service shall not be counted for purposes of determining his Accrued Benefit on his subsequent retirement or other termination of employment.

 

10.         Except as otherwise provided herein, no benefit shall be payable to a Member under the Plan until retirement or to his Surviving Spouse until death of the Member, except such benefit as may be payable in accordance with the applicable requirements of a qualified domestic relations order as that term is defined in Section 414(p) of the Code.   The Board of Managers shall establish reasonable procedures to determine the qualified status of domestic relations orders and to administer distributions under such qualified orders.   No benefit shall be payable to a Member during any period in which he engages in active service as an Employee, except as provided in Article VIII, Section 8.

 

11.         Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a Member's Accrued Benefit under the Plan shall not be less than the Member's accrued benefit under the NW Plan, Southern Plan, CW Plan, K&IT Plan, NF&D Plan, PLC Plan or VHC Plan on the Effective Date, the LPD Plan on December 31, 1983, or the DMU Plan on February 28, 1989, and in no event shall his retirement benefit under this Article VI be less than such Accrued Benefit.

 

12.         (a)         A member who retired under the NW Plan and was paid a retirement benefit for the month of December 1985 and who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987, or the Surviving Spouse of a deceased Member who retired prior to January 1, 1986, who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987 pursuant to a survivorship election by such Member, as the case may be, shall receive an increase in such retirement benefit beginning with the retirement benefit payable for the month of January 1987, such increase in retirement benefit to be ¼ of 1% for each month of the Member's retirement from January 1, 1980, to January 1, 1986, plus an additional 3% for a Member who retired prior to January 1, 1980, with a maximum increase of 21%.

 

(b)         A Member who retired under the Southern Plan and was paid a retirement benefit for the month of December 1985 and who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987, or the Surviving Spouse of a deceased Member who retired prior to January 1, 1986, who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987 pursuant to a survivorship election by such Member, as the case may be, shall receive an increase in such retirement benefit beginning with the retirement benefit payable for the month of January 1987, such increase in retirement benefit to be ¼ of 1% for each month of the Member's retirement from January 1, 1979, to January 1, 1986, plus an additional 3% for a Member who retired prior to January 1, 1980, with a maximum increase of 24%.

 

(c)         A Member who retired under the Plan and was paid a retirement benefit for the month of December 1985 and who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987, or the Surviving Spouse of a deceased Member who retired prior to January 1, 1986, who is entitled to a retirement benefit for the month of January 1987 pursuant to a survivorship election by such Member, as the case may be, shall receive an increase in such retirement benefit beginning with the retirement benefit payable for the month of January 1987, such increase in retirement benefit to be ¼ of 1% for each month of the Member's retirement from June 1, 1982, to January 1, 1986, with a maximum increase of 10¾%.

 

13.         Anything in this Article VI to the contrary notwithstanding,the annual retirement benefit of a Member shall not be less than the greater of:

 

1.                   (a)                 $100;

 

2.                   (b)                 The Member's Projected Normal Retirement Benefit   times the Member's Service Ratio; or

 

3.                   (c)                 The Member's accrued annual retirement benefit under this Article VI as measured on April 30, 2005.

 

 

ARTICLE VII.   LIMITATION ON BENEFITS

 

1.          Notwithstanding any provision in the Plan to the contrary, the maximum benefit any Member may receive shall not exceed such amount as may be authorized under Section 415 of the Code, determined on a calendar year basis, and such rules are hereby incorporated by reference.

 

2.          Any adjustments to the benefit amounts authorized under Section 415 by the Commissioner shall be effective from January 1 of the year for which the adjustment is made and shall apply to all Members regardless of whether the Member retired prior to such adjustment.

 

3.          In the case of a Member retiring before January 1, 2000, who is also a participant in a defined contribution plan of the Corporation or a Participating Subsidiary, the maximum benefits under the Plan shall be reduced to the extent necessary to comply with Section 415(e) of the Code.

 

4.          For limitation years beginning on or after January 1, 2001, for the purpose of applying the limitations described in Paragraph 1 of this Article VII, the compensation paid or made available during such limitation years shall include elective amounts that are not includible in the gross income of the employee by reason of Section 132(f)(4) of the Code.   For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2001, the definition of compensation for determining who is a highly compensated employee under Section 414(q) of the Code shall include elective amounts that are not includible in the gross income of the employee by reason of Section 132(f)(4) of the Code.    

 

 

ARTICLE VIII.   SURVIVORSHIP BENEFITS AND OPTIONS

 

1.          (a)         In the case of a Member who is married and retires under Article V or Article IX, unless he elects otherwise under Section 3 or Section 4 of this Article VIII, the Member shall receive his retirement benefit computed under Article VI in the form of a joint and survivor annuity payable to him during life and after his death to his Surviving Spouse during life in an amount equal to 50% of the retirement benefit payable to the Member.

 

(b)         In the case of a Member who is unmarried and retires under Article V or Article IX, unless he elects otherwise under Section 4 of this Article VIII, the Member shall receive his retirement benefit computed under Article VI in the form of a joint and survivor annuity payable to him during life and after his death to his Eligible Surviving Child or Children, for as long as the Eligible Surviving Child or Children remain eligible, in an amount equal to 50% of the retirement benefit payable to the Member.   Each payment shall be divided equally among the Eligible Surviving Children at the time of each payment. The benefit payable to the Eligible Surviving Children shall commence on the first day of the calendar month in which the death of the retired Member occurs unless the Member elected a temporary early retirement benefit under Section 4(a) of Article V and dies prior to attaining age 60, in which case the survivor benefit payable under this section will be an amount equal to one‑half of the temporary early retirement benefit paid to the Member, not to exceed $250 per month, payable until the Member would have attained age 60, and thereafter, an amount equal to 50% of the retirement benefit payable to the Member.

 

(c)         If an individual became a Member on or before August 26, 1999, and the Member was previously a participant in the Conrail Plan or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation and accrued a benefit that was transferred to the Plan and the M ember is unmarried, has no Eligible Surviving Child or Children, and retires under Article V or Article IX, unless he elects otherwise under Section 4 of this Article VIII, the Member shall receive the benefit he accrued under the Conrail Plan (excluding any benefit described in Article 14 of the Conrail Plan as in effect on or after August 1, 1998) or the Retirement Plan of Consolidated Rail Corporation in the form of a joint and survivor annuity payable to him during life and after his death to his Eligible Surviving Parent or Parents for life in an amount equal to 50% of the Conrail Plan benefit payable to the Member. This survivor's benefit is not available for the portion of the Member's retirement benefit computed under Article VI in excess of the benefit he accrued under the Conrail Plan.   The survivor's benefit shall be payable jointly to the Eligible Surviving Parent or Parents for as long as either or both parents shall live. In lieu of the Eligible Surviving Parent or Parents benefit described in the preceding sentence, a Member may elect to provide a designated Eligible Surviving Parent with the full amount of the survivor's benefit for the parent's life, with the full amount of the survivor's benefit continued thereafter for the life of the other Eligible Surviving Parent. The benefit payable to the Eligible Surviving Parents shall commence on the first day of the calendar month in which the death of the retired Member occurs unless the Member elected a temporary early retirement benefit under Section 4(a) of Article V and dies prior to attaining age 60, in which case the survivor benefit payable under this section will not commence until the first calendar month in which the Member would have attained age 60.

 

(d)         In the case of a Member who is married and dies prior to retirement after attaining age 60, his Surviving Spouse shall be entitled to a survivor annuity equal to 50% of the retirement benefit that would have been payable to such Member assuming he had retired on the last day of the month in which he dies, without the 1/180th reduction in the benefit for each calendar month which the Member is under age 62 at the time of his death as provided under Section 2 of Article VI.

 

2.          (a)         A Member who is vested under Article IX and who dies prior to age 60, shall have a benefit payable to his Surviving Spouse in the form of a preretirement survivor annuity.   The benefit payable to such Surviving Spouse shall be an amount payable monthly for life equal to 50% of the benefit the deceased Member would have been eligible to receive assuming he had separated from service on the earlier of his date of death or his termination of service, survived to age 60, retired and died on the day after attaining age 60 .   The benefit payable shall not be reduced by 1/180th for any calendar month which the Member is under age 62 at the time of his death, as provided under Section 2 of Article VI; however, this benefit will be reduced by the amounts under paragraphs (d) through (i) of Section 1 of Article VI, when such amounts would have been payable to the Member.

 

A Surviving Spouse of a Member who is vested under Article XI and who dies prior to attaining age 60 may elect to commence the preretirement survivor annuity at an earlier date provided the Member could have retired and commenced his benefit on the earlier date.   The benefit payable to such Surviving Spouse shall be an amount payable monthly for life equal to 50% of the benefit the deceased Member would have been eligible to receive had he separated from service on the earlier of his actual separation date or his date of death, retired on the early retirement date and died on the day after early retirement.

 

The provisions of this Section 2(a) shall be applicable in the case of any Member who has at least one Hour of Service under the Plan on or after August 23, 1984.  

 

(b)         A Member who is vested under Article IX may elect in writing, at any time, to have a benefit payable to his Surviving Spouse if he dies in active service, or during a period of Disability Service, after attaining age 35 and prior to attaining age 60.   The benefit payable to such Surviving Spouse shall be equal to 50% of the benefit the deceased Member would have been eligible to receive assuming he had retired on the last day of the month in which he dies and without the 1/180th reduction in benefit for each calendar month which the Member is under age 62 at the time of his death as provided under Section 2 of Article VI.   The benefit at the Member's death shall be an amount payable monthly to the Surviving Spouse for life following the Member's death.   This option shall not become effective until six months after the election is made or upon furnishing proof of health satisfactory to the Board of Managers.   If the Member's spouse dies or is divorced from the Member, or if the Member's service is terminated for any reason prior to his death, or when the Member attains age 60, his election shall be automatically terminated.   A Member may revoke in writing, at any time, an election made under this Section 2(b).   A Member electing this option shall have his retirement benefit reduced by an amount equal to 1/144th of 1% per month for each month that the election is in effect from and including age 35 through age 49 and 1/72nd of 1% per month for each month that the election is in effect from and including age 50 through age 59, computed as of the time that the election terminates or is revoked, in order to reflect the actuarial cost of the protection.

 

(i)          If a Member who has elected a benefit under this Section 2(b) and who retires under Section 4(a) of Article V dies prior to attaining age 60, his Surviving Spouse shall be entitled to receive a monthly survivor benefit equal to the greater of one‑half of the temporary monthly early retirement benefit paid to the Member or the benefit otherwise payable under this Section 2(b), to include the actuarial reduction provided for in this Section 2(b) for the period from the Member's retirement to his death.

 

(c)         Any Member who separated from service prior to August 23, 1984, but subsequent to December 31, 1975, with a vested benefit shall be entitled to the preretirement survivor annuity benefit provided by Section 2(a) of this Article VIII, if:

 

                        (i)          The Member had at least one Hour of Service on or after January 1, 1976,

 

1.                   (ii)                 The provisions of Section 2(a) of this Article VIII would not (but for this paragraph) have applied to such Member,

 

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