December 1, 2015

FRA cites UP for violation after SMART TD tip


CHICAGO — The Federal Railroad Administration told SMART Transportation Division it has filed a violation against the Union Pacific Railroad in response to a union complaint that the railroad ordered a train crew to work outside its assigned territory while being piloted by a manager who was not qualified on the physical characteristics of the [...]

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 [...]

Class I railroads announce third quarter 2015 earnings


In a press release Oct. 14, 2015, CSX announced record financial results for the third quarter of 2015. Net earnings for the railroad came in at $507 million for the quarter, compared to the $509 million for the same period last year, which translates into a third quarter record of $0.52 per share, as compared [...]

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 [...]

Union Pacific to trim management staff


Union Pacific Railroad said yesterday that it plans to eliminate “several hundred” management jobs in Omaha and elsewhere in the coming months, as the Class I addresses falling cargo volume, according to a report on The job cuts, which will come from “terminations and attrition,” are part of “necessary steps to align resources with current business [...]

Meeting for Minn. furloughed BNSF and UP workers


In light of the recent furloughs by BNSF and Union Pacific railroads, and since many locals are experiencing difficulty reaching the members who have been furloughed and dislocated, the SMART TD Minnesota State Legislative Board is hosting, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Education and Economic Development (MN DEED) a free informational meeting to [...]

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. [...]