Embracing Employee Needs
Union Pacific draws thriving talent, energizes current employees and develops them to carry our mission and lead the transportation industry into the future. Key engagement initiatives revolve around our culture, workplace relationships, employee rewards, job responsibilities and personal growth opportunities.
Union Pacific offers a comprehensive benefits program including medical insurance, educational assistance and a 401(k). Benefits may vary based on non-union and collective bargaining agreement employees. For full details, please see the Health & Wellness page.
Work schedules required to run our railroad's around-the-clock operations can be challenging and employees often need extra support caring for loved ones. The Bright Horizons Care Advantage™ database refers employees to supportive care providers and services listed below.
- Center-based and in-home child care
- Elderly care
- Pet care
- Tutoring and homework help
Union Pacific works with 15 major rail unions representing approx.imately 85 percent of roughly 43,000 full-time employees.
Labor agreements became subject to modification January 1, 2015, launching the latest round of ongoing negotiations with unions. Existing agreements remain in effect until new agreements are reached or the Railway Labor Act's procedures are exhausted. The process involves mediation, cooling-off periods and the possibility of Presidential Emergency Board and congressional intervention. Contract negotiations historically continue for an extended period of time and rarely cause work stoppages.
Auxiliary Work And Training Status (AWTS)
Train and yard service reductions due to business declines resulted in employee furloughs. Approximately 65 percent of all train and yard employees were eligible to be covered under AWTS agreements providing limited benefits.
AWTS agreements provide up to eight work or training days per month and continue full health care benefits and service months contributing to Railroad Retirement. Employees continue training to sharpen their skills and prepare for full-time employment when customer demands increase.