Union Pacific Has Openings for Auto Industry Employees

Those Impacted by Recent Area Job Cuts in the Automotive Industry Can Look to North America’s Largest Railroad for Great Jobs

Omaha, Neb., September 15, 2006 – With nearly 40 percent of its workforce reaching retirement age in the next ten years, Union Pacific Railroad is aggressively recruiting and hiring new employees to ensure consumer products, automobiles, coal and food continue to move across the nation’s rail system. This could be great news for the thousands of employees who are impacted by recent area job cuts announced in the automotive industry.

"While we don’t expect all employees to take retirement the minute they are eligible," said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president – Human Resources, "we do want to add employees now so they will have the opportunity to learn and gain the experience needed to maintain the high standards set by our current employees."

Union Pacific Railroad is aggressively hiring several thousand new employees in 2006, at all levels, from train service and railroad track maintenance to management positions. The company offers great wages, benefits and opportunity for advancement. Last year, the company was recognized as a quality employer by several leading organizations:

  • Working Mother magazine recognized Union Pacific Railroad as one of the nation’s 100 Best Companies for working mothers;
  • LATINA Style magazine selected Union Pacific Railroad as one of the best companies for Latina employees in the United States;
  • G. I. Jobs Magazine named Union Pacific Railroad The Most Military Friendly Employer;
  • The National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization, honored Union Pacific Railroad for its commitment and dedication to combating obesity and promoting a healthy lifestyle for its employees;
  • Union Pacific Railroad received the 2005 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for providing a world-class integrated health, productivity and safety management program that has achieved widespread recognition as a best practice.

Opportunities are available in all areas of the company, from entry-level and skilled positions to openings within the railroad’s management training program. To learn more, applicants can visit the company Web site at www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP." People without access to computers should visit their local job service, public library or copy center. Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age. People who receive a job offer are required to successfully complete a medical exam, drug test and background investigation.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

For more information, please contact James Barnes at (402) 544-3560.

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