New Veterans Appreciation Day Proclamation Initiated By Union Pacific
State of Nebraska Establishes Thank A Veteran At Work Day
Omaha, Neb., November 10, 2006 Today, during a Veteran’s Day program commemorating Union Pacific becoming the first Nebraska-based company to participate in the United States Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, United States Congressman Lee Terry read a state proclamation declaring the tenth day of November, 2006, as "Thank A Veteran At Work Day."
The proclamation was signed and authorized by State of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and reflects Union Pacific’s strong and consistent record of being a military-friendly employer.
"We have a long and proud tradition of recruiting dedicated and motivated former military employees," said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president-Human Resources for Union Pacific. "Today’s proclamation reflects our appreciation of veterans working in our company to help build America and we want to encourage other Nebraska employers to have a business work day dedicated to thanking veterans for their service to their country."
G.I. Jobs magazine recently named Union Pacific the nation’s top Military Friendly Employer of the year, for the second year in a row. The magazine commended the railroad’s resource-laden effort and high-performance results in recruiting transitioning military personnel.
The Army PaYS program is designed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, but who also want to help secure their future success with employment opportunities with a U.S. corporation upon completion of their Army service.
Union Pacific’s history of hiring former military personnel dates back to the railroad’s very beginnings. At the end of the Civil War, many soldiers were hired by Union Pacific to help build the transcontinental railroad.
Today, military veterans make up nearly 20 percent of Union Pacific’s active workforce. Union Pacific also is dedicated to its Reservists and National Guard members. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, UP Chairman Dick Davidson reaffirmed the company’s long-standing policy of making up any difference in pay or benefits between what UP employees receive while serving in operation Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom, and what they would have received on the job. Davidson expressed his belief that UP employees called to service should be free to focus on their military tasks without having to worry about their financial or medical situation at home.
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