Union Pacific Has Openings for Workers with Retail Management Skills

Those Impacted by Recent Area Job Cuts Can Look to North America’s Largest Railroad for Entry-level and Skilled Positions

Omaha, Neb., February 11, 2008 – With nearly 40 percent of its workforce reaching retirement age in the next five years, Union Pacific Railroad is recruiting and hiring new employees to ensure consumer products, automobiles, coal and food continue to move across the nation’s rail system.

"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 hiring several thousand new employees in 2008, at all levels, from train service and railroad track maintenance to management positions. The company offers great wages, benefits and opportunity for advancement. Retail management workers typically possess transferable skills such as setting work schedules, controlling inventory, helping customers, answering complaints, and hiring, training and supervising employees. They also track sales, order products, handle payroll and supervise loss prevention programs.

Unlike jobs that keep workers tied to a desk, careers in field operations at UP give people the opportunity to be actively involved where things are happening – working with some of the 50,000 men and women of Union Pacific who are responsible for moving 2,500 trains each day.

Last year, the company achieved record results and was recognized as a quality employer by several leading organizations:

  • Fortune magazine named Union Pacific the most admired railroad in its America’s Most Admired Companies list;
  • 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 as a Top 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.

Jobs at Union Pacific

Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs. 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.

About Union Pacific

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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