April 21, 2014

UP begins work at N.M. facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Union Pacific Corp. has begun operations at a massive new railroad facility in southern New Mexico near both the U.S.-Mexico border and El Paso, Texas. The Omaha, Neb.,-based railroad will use its newly constructed hub facility in Santa Teresa to transfer cargo between trains and trucks, as well as for refueling engines [...]

Rail workers hope to save lives at Ill. crossings

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SAUGET, Ill. – Train conductor Barry Norman, a fifth-generation railway worker, climbed aboard the cab of a yellow and black locomotive with Union Pacific in bold red lettering. He along with Engineer Steve Burrow and Alton & Southern Railway Co. Police Chief Lindell Barton offered special rides Monday (March 24). Their goal – and those [...]

UP recognized for commitment to veteran hiring

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OMAHA, Neb. – Profiles in Diversity Journal recently recognized Union Pacific as one of the nation’s 25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring. The only railroad on the list, Union Pacific was selected for its commitment to veteran hiring, progressive reservist policies and dedication to supporting employee veterans. “Union Pacific understands and values the skills [...]

Grand Trunk, UP ordered to pay whistleblowers

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CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Grand Trunk Western Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for suspending and/or disciplining five workers following the reporting of workplace injuries or illnesses. “When employees are disciplined for reporting workplace injuries, safety [...]

$400 million UP facility in N.M. close to completion

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Like a train engineer blessed with good weather and clear tracks, Union Pacific has arrived ahead of schedule. The railroad company’s $400 million intermodal facility in Santa Teresa broke ground in 2011, expecting to be operational in 2015. Instead the Omaha, Neb.-based company announced that it will have a grand opening ceremony on May 28, [...]

UP Chairman Jim Young dies

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James R. Young, who advanced to become Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) chairman, president and chief executive officer after starting with the railroad company in an entry-level finance position, died today. He was 61 years old. He died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the company said in a statement distributed by PR Newswire. Read [...]

UP names new railroad president, COO

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Union Pacific Corp. named Lance M. Fritz as president and chief operating officer of its Omaha-based railroad Thursday and said Jim Young has retired from his executive duties. Young took a leave of absence in March 2012 to undergo treatments for pancreatic cancer. Union Pacific said he retired Jan. 31 but will continue as non-executive [...]

UP appoints new vice president of labor relations

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OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific Jan. 8 announced that Joseph O’Connor and D. Lynn Kelley will assume new positions within the organization. O’Connor, currently vice president of purchasing, has been named vice president of labor relations. He will lead the organization responsible for negotiating labor agreements and managing the day-to-day relationship with the company’s represented employees. [...]

Rails accused of tampering with video in Amtrak crash

RENO, Nev. – Lawyers for a trucking company are accusing two railroad companies of tampering with evidence about a June 2011 collision between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train that killed six people in northern Nevada. Lawyers for John Davis Trucking Co. say they have evidence the companies tampered with a video of the crash [...]

$400M N.M. railroad project may open in 2014

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SANTA TERESA, N.M. — A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year, according to the company. Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014. It had been slated to [...]