Well brothers and sisters, the numbers are in. It appears that U.P. made a profit...BUT, according to Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer "The company already this year has furloughed — or temporarily laid off — about 900 employees. Union Pacific has said decreased demand for its services made the cutbacks necessary. Analysts say additional cuts are likely." Then Mr. Hubbard goes on to say "Union Pacific hasn’t disclosed where the furloughs have happened or in what job categories. The company not only operates freight trains, but also terminals, yards, workshops, offices and myriad other installations." Here are the true numbers of the furloughs just in OUR hub. Keep in mind these aren't just numbers. Each number represents a person, a family, an employee cut off to preserve the proverbial "bottom line".
Of the 900 employees reportedly furloughed, TE&Y represents 749 employees. That's 83.2% of the "non-disclosed" job categories. The following is a list, by region, of the current TE&Y cut off employees.
Northern Region: 318
Southern Region: 98
Western Region: 333
So, of the 900 employees reportedly furloughed...our hub alone represents 108 employees of that statistic! That's 12% of the total layoffs for the company. I understand that each of us has dealt with our fair share of being cut off, but the company must shoulder the responsibility of over hiring.
By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor of
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