Furloughed UP workers back on job

A Union Pacific Railroad engine makes its way through North Platte on Saturday afternoon. UP said many of its previously furloughed employees have been rehired and new jobs are opening up at the North Platte location.

Many employees return after being laid off in 2016; company now hiring in NP

On April 6, 2016, Union Pacific Railroad announced furloughs for mechanical department employees in North Platte and South Morrill.

On Friday, the company said many of those employees were back on the job.

“While we do not provide location-specific furlough information, systemwide Union Pacific had about 1,700 furloughs as of March 3,” said Calli B. Hite, director of corporate relations and media for Union Pacific Railroad. “As a point of comparison, as of March 2, 2016, we had 4,600 furloughs.”

The furloughs affected mainly employees working in the transportation department.

“The furloughs experienced thus far in these locations and across UP’s network have primarily been employees working in our train, engine and yard or TE&Y employees,” said Hite in 2016. “These furloughs tie directly to the nation’s well-documented decline in coal usage and corresponding decrease in coal shipments, which has diminished the need for car and locomotive repairs in these locations. Specifically, Union Pacific’s coal shipments were down 37 percent through April 2.”

Union Pacific currently has a job posting for train crew positions based out of North Platte.

“We are hiring for training classes to start in April, May and June,” Hite said.

Train crew job description and requirements may be found at up.jobs/job/opening/Train%20Crew/North%20Platte/NE/081401?jsl=28226732. Hite said there is expectation of hiring other positions as well.

“Additionally, we expect future hiring for car men, mechanical service operators and diesel electricians,” Hite said.

Individuals interested in these positions may sign up for job alerts at up.jobs on the company’s careers website.

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