Union Pacific is Named the Most Military Friendly Employer in America
G.I. Jobs Magazine Puts UP at the Top of Its Annual List
Omaha, Neb., November 8, 2005 G.I. Jobs magazine has named Union Pacific Railroad the nation’s top Military Friendly Employer for 2005. The magazine commended Union Pacific’s resource-laden effort and high performance results in recruiting transitioning military personnel. According to G.I. Jobs, "The company, which ranked sixth on last year’s list, improved an already excellent program by committing full-time recruiters to the effort."
Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs, said, "Union Pacific also has four recruiters who spend 50 percent of their time on military recruiting, and they have an excellent reserve and guard policy."
This is the third year G.I. Jobs has issued its list of the Top 25 Most Military Friendly Companies. The list is drawn from a sample of Fortune 500 companies and based on criteria that includes the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service and company policies toward National Guard and reserve service.
"We are very honored G.I. Jobs has again recognized our efforts and placed us at the top of its list this year," said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president-Human Resources. "We actively recruit and hire former military people because their skills and lifestyles are a great fit for our railroad – and because they make excellent employees."
Union Pacific targets military personnel for several reasons. Many of the railroad’s technical jobs – such as diesel locomotive mechanics and electricians, and railcar mechanics – are well suited for military members who have developed similar skills working with Armed Forces large equipment.
Lifestyles and working conditions also are similar between the military and the railroad. Many positions at Union Pacific involve outdoor work with non-traditional working hours. Military personnel tend to be flexible when it comes to relocation, enabling the railroad to maintain service when business volumes shift geographically.
Union Pacific job recruiters actively seek military personnel by attending military job fairs and transitional assistance programs, and regularly visiting major military installations.
About 450 Union Pacific employees indicated on their employment applications that they have reservist or National Guard affiliations. Currently, 98 are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 220 have served and returned; and 16 are helping with Hurricane Katrina recovery, 26 have served and returned. Some of them might be recalled, along with retired military members now working at the railroad.
Union Pacific is dedicated to its reservists and National Guard members. Immediately 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 the military, 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.
Union Pacific’s history of hiring military personnel dates back to its very beginnings. At the end of the Civil War, many soldiers were hired by Union Pacific to help build the transcontinental railroad.
Union Pacific continues to actively hire for positions across its system. Interested individuals should visit www.up.com and click on "Jobs at UP."
G.I. Jobs is a national monthly magazine that assists transitioning military members and veterans in their search for civilian employment. The Top 25 recognition is Union Pacific’s third such workplace honor this year. Working Mother magazine named North America’s largest railroad as one of the nation’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, and LATINA Style magazine named Union Pacific one of its LATINA Style 50 companies that provide sensitivity to professional Hispanic women's needs and goals in the workplace.
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.
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