UPRR to cut jobs by end of 2018

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Union Pacific Railroad plans on eliminating 475 positions by December. Two-hundred contractor positions will be eliminated too. UPRR is calling it organizational changes.

Corporate Spokesperson Raquel Espinoza says the information was communicated with employees today (Tuesday). The company will eliminate five service units, including the facility in Denver.The impacted positions are in various locations across the UP system.

This is the first of what likely will be additional workforce reduction initiatives through 2020. U.P. Chairman Lance Fritz says workforce reductions are "extremely difficult decisions to make because we recognize the impact they have on families, friends and co-workers."

Specifically in the memo, the company outlined:
• Consolidating the Operating Department from three regions to two. The organization will consist of the Northern Region and Southern Region.
• Eliminating five service units as part of the overall Operating consolidation, with work being folded into the remaining service units. The eliminated service units are Denver, Livonia, St. Louis, Sunset and Twin Cities.
• Centralizing regional Engineering to form a single Engineering organization focused on driving networkwide strategies to increase construction, inspection and maintenance efficiencies.
• Transferring the Customer Care and Support (CC&S) function from Marketing and Sales to Operating. While the current structure is a strong conduit between UP’s customers and the Operating teams in the field, this realignment will streamline two-way communications with customers and lead to faster service-issue resolutions.

Selma Farm, UP’s business, conference and hospitality property located about 45 minutes south of St. Louis, will close. The company acquired Selma Farm as part of the 1986 Missouri Pacific merger.

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