Union Pacific Ranked Fourth on G.I. Jobs' Military-Friendly Companies List
Highest Ranking Transportation Company
Omaha, Neb., November 19, 2014
G.I. Jobs has named Union Pacific Railroad one of America's top military-friendly employers for 2015, marking the 12th time in 13 years that one of the nation's premier career guides for military job seekers recognized Union Pacific. Selections are based on the strength of a company's military initiatives or events, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and company policies regarding service in the reserves and National Guard. This year, Union Pacific is ranked fourth on the list, the highest of all transportation companies.
"We are incredibly proud to employ nearly 10,000 military veterans," said Jamie Herbert, assistant vice president — Union Pacific Human Resources. "Their familiarity with safety sensitive operating environments and unparalleled work ethic translates very well to the railroad. As we seek to fulfill increasing hiring needs, we will continue to recruit transitioning military service members to join the Union Pacific team."
So far this year, Union Pacific has hired 1,425 military veterans, including 144 disabled veterans. These veterans make up approximately 28 percent of all new hires in 2014. Overall, veterans comprise approximately 20 percent of Union Pacific's workforce, and 24 percent of Union Pacific's hires since 2005 have been veterans.
One example of Union Pacific's efforts to support its reserve, active duty and veteran employees is the railroad's progressive reservist policy, which compensates all employees for any difference between military and company pay for employees called to duty. The policy also provides continued health plan benefits for dependents when employees are deployed.
Another example is UPVETS, an employee resource group devoted to attracting, developing and retaining employees who are military veterans.
Leadership and teamwork skills, wide ranging areas of expertise gained during service, familiarity with nontraditional working hours and experience working outdoors make military personnel valuable to Union Pacific.
Union Pacific offers many unique employment opportunities for veterans, including train crew, diesel mechanics, diesel electricians, assistant signal workers and track laborers. Engineers in the computer science, electrical, civil and mechanical areas will find leadership opportunities in the Information Technology department or through the company's Operations Management Training Program. Job opportunities are available at www.UP.jobs.
The railroad actively recruits veterans through its involvement with military transition offices, military education offices, reserve and National Guard units, career fairs, information sessions, employer panels, resume review assistance and by serving on local military committees and boards.
Union Pacific is frequently recognized for its commitment to military veterans. The company received the inaugural Hiring Our Heroes Award for Post 9/11 Veteran Employment and Internships from the National Chamber Foundation; G.I. Jobs has named Union Pacific a top military friendly employer 12 times; and Military Times ranked the company 5th in its 2014 list of "Best for Vets" Employers. The company is a member of the Army Reserve's Employee Partnership Initiative, supports the Army Partnership for Youth Success program, and is a past recipient of both the Freedom Award, the U.S. government's highest employer recognition, and the Military Officers Association of America Distinguished Service Award.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested more than $30 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
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