September 23, 2014

States balk at keeping oil-train info from public

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn’t be kept from the public. Federal officials last month ordered railroads to make the disclosures after a [...]

Limiting oil-train info violates law, state tells railroads

Two railroad companies want to prevent the public from getting details about oil shipments through Washington state, information the federal government ordered be given to state emergency managers after several oil-train accidents. But restricting such information violates the state’s public-records law, so the state has not signed documents from the rail companies seeking confidentiality, said [...]

OSHA orders UP to pay, reinstate whistleblower

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an injured employee and pay the worker more than $85,000 in damages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that the company, based in Omaha, Neb., was in violation of the whistleblower provisions of [...]

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 [...]