December 1, 2015

UP modifying Great Salt Lake causeway


GREAT SALT LAKE — One of the strangest and most striking places in Utah — an enormous oddity that scientists say was created accidentally by human engineering — is getting a bit of a remodeling job. Union Pacific Railroad is beginning a bridge-building project to replace a small portion of a causeway that’s been blamed [...]

Creighton plans program to help laid off UP workers

Creighton University is developing a program to aid those who will lose their jobs in the wake of ConAgra’s recent announcement that it will slash expenses by eliminating salaried positions and relocating its global headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. ConAgra announced Thursday that it would uproot its Omaha headquarters next year. About 1,000 people are expected [...]

Funeral set for member Jordan after UP accident


Troy J. Jordan, 49, of Shawnee, Kansas died in an accident while working on Union Pacific property in Kansas City, Kan. Sept. 29, 2015. After high school, Jordan graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Jordan hired out with Union Pacific railroad in 2008 and became a member of [...]

Police: rail worker killed by train at Kansas rail yard


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Authorities are investigating after a Union Pacific Railroad employee was found dead under a rail car in Kansas City, Kansas. According to police, officers responded to reports of a person trapped under a train in a rail yard around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. Read more from The Union Pacific employee was SMART [...]

Man charged in theft of railroad wiring

copper wire spools

The theft of copper wire from railroad tracks in Texarkana, Ark., in April created a public hazard, a prosecutor said. Prosecutors in Miller County, Ark., formally charged Jeffrey Duane Procella, 39, last week in theft of metal and felony criminal mischief in the removal of signal wire from a Union Pacific Corp. railroad track in [...]

Fritz elected UP CEO to succeed Koraleski


Union Pacific Railroad’s board yesterday elected Lance Fritz chairman, president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. As chairman, Fritz will succeed Jack Koraleski, who plans to retire Sept. 30. Fritz was elected UP’s president and CEO, and to the board, on Feb. 5. A year earlier, he was named president and chief operating officer. [...]

Feds say rule on oil train reporting permanent


The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday that train companies must continue reporting crude oil routes and volumes to state authorities concerned about derailments and fires. The interim regulation requiring notification will become permanent. Oil-hauling railroads include Omaha-based Union Pacific and Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF Railway. Read more from

Union Pacific furloughs 900 train crew employees


Union Pacific Corp. said it has placed about 900 train crew employees on furlough or alternative work status to align its work force with current market conditions and demand. The railroad employs about 47,000 people across its system, 8,000 in Nebraska. Union Pacific Corp. also has mothballed locomotives as its transport volumes run 4 percent [...]

BNSF retakes market share from Union Pacific


BNSF Railway Co. won back market share for grain and agriculture commodities that it lost to Union Pacific Corp. in 2014 when the railroad owned by Warren Buffett struggled to keep up with customer demand. In last year’s first quarter, BNSF lost about 4 percentage points of market share for carrying grain, fertilizer and other [...]

UP retaliates against another injured worker


An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that management of the Union Pacific Railroad added insult to injury when it blamed a worker in Roseville who was hurt on-the-job and then retaliated against him for reporting his injury in February 2011. Investigators established that Union Pacific violated [...]