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In railroading towns across Union Pacific’s 23-state network, our employees supported local families in need of cheer this holiday season. In the spotlight today are railroaders showing community pride in Gretna, Nebraska; Omaha, Nebraska; Houston, Texas; and North Platte, Nebraska.
From conception to ribbon-cutting, Union Pacific, ExxonMobil, SABIC and Savage Gulf Rail have worked closely together to align infrastructure plans and optimize logistics potential for a new rail facility in San Patricio County, Texas.
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In railroading towns across Union Pacific’s 23-state network, our employees are dedicating their time, talents and resources to supporting local nonprofits and community groups this holiday season. In the spotlight today are railroaders showing community pride in De Soto, Missouri; Fort Worth, Texas; and Omaha, Nebraska.
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Taylor Morel's peers elected him as one of the Gulf Coast Service Unit’s Total Safety Culture facilitators. Morel provides safety insights to a portion of southern Louisiana's TE&Y employees.
Tis the season for Union Pacific’s employees to look outward into their local communities. In service units from Texas to Chicago and Portland to Los Angeles, the people of UP are dedicating their time, talents and resources to supporting organizations across UP’s 23-state network. In the spotlight today are railroaders showing community pride in North Platte, Nebraska; Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska; and the Nebraska Air National Guard Base in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A train escorted by four Marines in dress uniform and a Railroad Santa in his finest overalls delivered more than 25,000 toys Saturday, Dec. 11, to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program in Houston.
Working for a company that was committed to protecting our environment was a source of pride for me and for most employees at the company, but there also were those who viewed our group as outsiders standing in the way of operations and progress.
Union Pacific published its first comprehensive Climate Action Plan Dec. 6, outlining the company’s steps to reduce its environmental impact, with an eye toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Early this month, the Port of Montana’s newly installed rail infrastructure welcomed its first visitors in Butte’s Montana Connections Business Development Park.
Two Union Pacific teams kicked off the holiday season with a combined 1-ton donation to the Omaha-metro nonprofit Open Door Mission. Open Door Mission seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing meals and temporary housing for community members in the Omaha metro area.
Planet Tracks is on the move.
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When an emergency strikes, it’s the Courage to Care that reminds Union Pacific employees to pause and do the right thing. If no one else stops to help, you’ll be fortunate to have people like Track Foreman Miguel Ochoa on your side.
A multiyear effort by several UP departments, CADX was developed in-house and brings numerous operational and safety efficiencies. The technology allows dispatchers to line signals and switches while issuing restrictions and authorities through the system.
If you’re like most consumers, you probably don’t visualize that gaming console or gym equipment you purchased last night on your cell phone as traveling on a Union Pacific train en route to your porch.
Rail Relief is a Union Pacific program where employees volunteer to help during times of severe weather or major business disruptions to provide support to front-line transportation supervisors. Volunteers gain a new understanding of railroad operations and bring the experience back to the office and their daily work.
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Union Pacific honors our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day with a new UP Center tradition: military service flag raising. Beginning this Veterans Day, Union Pacific will display flags for each branch of the United States Armed Forces on its corresponding founding birthday.
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Sixteen-year employee Rudy Maldonado’s Courage to Care prevented a critical incident by helping a family stranded on a railroad crossing in Fresno, California.
On National STEM Day, we’re celebrating employees who help make it all happen. Short for science, technology, engineering and math, STEM plays a major role in almost all aspects of transportation.
With nearly 800 Afghan refugees expected to relocate to Nebraska, including about 500 to Omaha, Union Pacific employees are stepping up to both welcome and settle them in their new homes.
As we look to the future of UP, which is transitioning from a primary focus on operational efficiency to growth, our Tech team and the products they drive will serve as a major differentiator. It is extremely energizing and gratifying to lead the Tech organization during this time. To focus on growth, we must prepare for constant change, and we have used the past 12 months to start taking steps in the Tech organization for this evolution and revolution.
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We're sharing highlights of their 50 year railroad journeys from Bill Gaston, Ralph Niau, Dan Knutsen and Nick Garcia.
Handheld mobile devices equipped with DigiCrew are making their way into the hands of UP conductors and locomotive engineers, boosting efficiency. The DigiCrew app marks a fundamental shift in the way employees interact with their mobile device, combining work previously done in multiple applications – like Mobile Work Order and Mobile Terminal – into a single interface.
Toddlers in tricked out rides cruised the UP Center’s lobby Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, flashing big smiles as they moved independently on their own free will, many for the first time in their lives.
One of the ways UP works to empower people with disabilities is through its partnership with the Omaha Public Schools Transition Program. The program prepares secondary students with disabilities to move from high school into the adult community via work-based learning to develop occupational and related social skills.
Union Pacific has always been a pioneer in low-emission switcher locomotive technology. The company is continuing that effort by making the technology more reliable, and hence, more useful.
In the wee hours of the morning, as his train rumbled through sugar cane fields in central Louisiana, Locomotive Engineer Cory Van Mol watched in disbelief as a farm tractor failed to yield at a private crossing.
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Four employees with 50 years of service share highlights from their railroad journeys.
If you are lucky enough to pronounce someone’s first name correctly, then good luck with their last name. In the U.S. alone, there are at least 151,000 different family names. Now, Union Pacific has a new tool allowing employees to audibly record and phonetically spell names within the company directory.
Belin Hernandez, manager-Train Operations at Union Pacific’s Los Angeles Service Unit, was looking for a way to bring UP employees together and honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Union Pacific’s Beth Whited, executive vice president and Chief Human Resource Officer, was honored with three top industry and business awards in October, with one organization calling her a “decisive and thoughtful leader” whose commitment to diversity and inclusion has given the railroad industry “wider depth.”
When a legendary steam locomotive powers into town, railroaders from every service unit are able to cross a “must-see” item off their bucket list.
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Some people wear their heart on their sleeve. Jesse De Anda wears his pride on his belt buckle, as he daily displays his family’s railroading history in a practical piece of apparel.
I’ve seen many beautiful sunrises and sunsets, meteor showers, missile launches and was even struck by lightning in the Mojave Desert. I’ve always had pride in my job and told new employees to have pride in theirs. Do the job right the first time, and if not, be sure you have a good alibi!
You’ve heard of self-driving vehicles. How about self-operating cranes?
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A 17-year UP employee, William Jackson got his railroad start in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where he hired on as a track laborer. He later transferred to a carman welder position while working in Shreveport, Louisiana, and remained there until his 2013 move to Denver, Colorado.
To keep shelves stocked, delivery times low, and products readily available, every link in the integrated supply chain must work in a precisely coordinated sequence. This requires every player -- steamship lines, port terminals, trucks, rail, warehouses, freight asset owners, and the beneficial owners of the cargo – to keep the freight flowing at the same pace.
Union Pacific employees in North Platte, Nebraska, dug deep – literally – to prepare a site in Centennial Park for a new Community Build Playground, funded in part with a $10,000 grant from Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program.
Safe Crossings Start Here: Safe Kids Worldwide, 'Chuggington' Help Union Pacific Educate Families Nationwide
Safe Kids and "Chuggington," with support from Union Pacific, have developed resources and materials to educate parents, teens and children about the importance of rail safety.
“Thank You” were the two most frequently heard words from the millions who witnessed locomotive UP 4014 – the Big Boy – as it toured through the Midwest and South in August and September, 2021.
Signal Maintainer Scott Davis recently completed training as an Operation RedBlock and Peer Support volunteer to learn how to help others. But nine months ago, the Engineering employee from Wamsutter, Wyoming, needed someone to answer his own call.
Despite being a 159-year-old company, Union Pacific has shown it is actively working to become even better by serving as an example not only to the business community, but more importantly, to the community at-large.
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22-year railroader Nathan McKinney and 16-year railroader Shaun Bateman worked as a team to paint the complex UP No. 1979 We Are ONE Employee Resource Group (ERG) Locomotive, one of many collaborations they’ve mastered over the past 16 years.
The newly restored Pullman National Monument, which honors a rich slice of railroad history with strong Union Pacific ties, will open Labor Day Weekend in Chicago.
Last fall, in a new partnership between Creighton University and Union Pacific Railroad, the first eight Union Pacific Scholars arrived on campus.
Supplier diversity introduces new products, services and solutions that might otherwise be overlooked. It’s an effective way to promote innovation while driving price and service competition. It many cases it’s an investment in the very communities in which we operate, promoting job creation at a local level.
Big Boy No. 4014, Union Pacific’s 80-year-old legendary locomotive, is now equipped with one of the rail industry’s newest technologies – Positive Train Control (PTC), an advanced system designed to automatically stop a train before certain incidents occur.
Weather events, pandemics, geo-political relationships, and many other factors impact how we do business and how we ship. As companies manage their business with lean inventories and staff, they must have partners to help navigate the complexity.
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Wildfires continue to rage across the West Coast, endangering residents, communities and critical infrastructure, like Union Pacific bridges and rail lines. Every West Coast subdivision has been impacted, with train reroutes and crew diversions fluctuating to meet network needs.
You often hear it in the news – decreasing coal demand as cleaner, renewable energy sources take over. But did you know steel-making coal is actually a booming market?
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Union Pacific’s EEO-1 data is now available.
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Two Union Pacific family members recently had close brushes with Olympic wonder: Nicole Mendes, daughter of Paul Mendes, locomotive engineer, Houston Service Unit; and Jaylah Walker, daughter of Johnnie Walker, locomotive engineer, Los Angeles Service Unit.
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When the Lava Fire ravaged Northern California in late June, it decimated Union Pacific’s Dry Canyon Bridge, a structure spanning a remote valley on the railroad’s busy I-5 route. It’s natural to assume reconstruction could take months. After all, most bridges take years to design and build.
We have a proven record of partnering with passenger agencies when the equation is balanced – when the public pays for public benefits and the freight railroads pay for private benefits – and where passenger rail compensates freight railroads fairly for access and use of network capacity.
Coming to Union Pacific has been beneficial to all of us interns. We get a glimpse of what it means to be working professionally as well as the projects full-time employees work on.
The word “privilege” has always been in our society. While the formal definition is broad, we unofficially attributed it to generational wealth, the ability to opt out of the day-to-day grind, or connections that gave an easy path up the corporate ladder. Recently, in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) space the term took on the more literal meaning as a way to describe unearned advantages.
The first time a Union Pacific fire-fighting crew tried to reach the Dry Canyon Bridge in Northern California, they had to turn back. The risk of being trapped by the Lava Fire sweeping across the Shasta-Trinity National Forest was too high.
Technology has had a big impact on how train personnel approach their jobs in these modern times. Thanks to mobile reporting devices, we’ve virtually eliminated the need for work orders, and can now report our activities in near real time.
Plastics producers have meaningful sustainability goals. Here’s how they’re pushing the needle forward – and using transportation to make a difference.
Each jurisdiction is different, and one size does not fit all, but if we can work within our existing infrastructure to broaden the conversation between all stakeholders, I believe we can reduce the number of homeless in our communities.
The next decade will be one of rapid acceleration and expansion of our role in our nation's supply chain. The transformation of the technologies necessary to support this will come from an increased capability to leverage what is available in the broader market, plus a laser-like focus on creating company differentiating solutions.
Employee ownership has been shown to improve engagement, because it requires workers to reframe their perception of the “why” behind the company’s actions. A higher level of engagement leads to motivated and happier employees, which leads to safer operations and better service.
Our duty, building off the 160 years of work done before us, is to create true equity and inclusion for all our employees and help do the same in the communities we serve.
When there’s an emergency and you pick up the phone to report, you always hope there’s a hero on the other line who knows the next step. At Union Pacific, those heroes are the Response Management Communications Center's critical call dispatchers who are ready to respond to emergencies 24/7.
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When tragedy strikes, support is critical – from family, friends, co-workers and maybe even those we don’t know.
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For Union Pacific, ensuring the safety of everyone around the railroad is of the utmost importance, but even off the railroad, life can take an unexpected turn.
As a third generation railroader, Brad Brown, welder, Engineering, has been around the tracks for most of his life, and he’s seen a lot of changes over those years — including in his own experience.
Every day Union Pacific transports high, wide and heavy loads for its customers. But do you know what goes into making those shipments happen?
As America's Mask Challenge calls on companies and organizations to help get 200 million cloth facial coverings to 40 million students, teachers and staff at 56,000 of America’s most under-resourced schools, Union Pacific is stepping up to help.
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Most 5-year-olds are lucky to hang out with toy trains. But at that age, Randy Smith was visiting real locomotives on a regular basis.
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Patrick McMullen’s generous spirit, caring nature and strong faith are traits he carried with him throughout his career in interactions with customers and co-workers.
While much of the world was winding down for the year, a Union Pacific team in Houston was gearing up to end 2020 with a bang – installing a new master retarder in Englewood Yard on Dec. 29 in close to eight hours.