Union Pacific confirms impact to South Morrill Monday, North Platte Wednesday

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE:
This statement was released Wednesday afternoon from Raquel Espinoza, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at the Union Pacific Railroad:

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"Workforce reduction impacts yesterday and today involved eliminated mechanical positions. If business levels increase, these furloughed employees could be called to return to work."

UPDATE:
More Union Pacific jobs have been affected. Monday, June 3rd, nearly 40 South Morrill employees were sent home. And Wednesday, June 5th, after an unnamed source reported 90 were furloughed in the North Platte Car Department Wednesday morning, the UPRR updated Tuesday's statement.

The new statement from Raquel Espinoza, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at the Union Pacific Railroad is:

"In March, Union Pacific notified its Mechanical employees that positions would be eliminated. We are not providing location-specific information; however, I can confirm that the South Morrill and North Platte facilities were impacted. The workforce reduction is a result of a reduced locomotive fleet and fewer rail cars on our network."

This adds "North Platte" to her previous statement.

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Union Pacific workforce reduction has made its way to South Morrill again. Some are confirming nearly 40 locomotive and car employees, sent home Monday, June 3rd, at the start of their shift.

Raquel Espinoza, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at the Union Pacific Railroad confirms that the railroad notified its mechanical employees in March that positions would be eliminated. That day turned out to be June 3, 2019.

Espinoza adds that she is unable to provide location-specific information. However, she says she can confirm that the South Morrill facility has been impacted. She says the workforce reduction is a result of fewer rail cars and a reduced locomotive fleet.

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