Tag: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Fired Him Rather Than Heed His Warnings of Dangerous Rail Conditions

by Danelle Morton and Topher Sanders, with additional reporting by Jessica Lussenhop for propublica.org Time and again, Johnny Taylor’s duty to keep the rails safe from disaster conflicted with his employer’s desire to keep its trains running as fast and as frequently as possible, putting his career and family in peril. AS HE WALKED ALONG THE SPONGY,damp Louisiana marshland, […]

Union Pacific railroad’s quarterly profit falls 19% as volumes slow and costs remain high

By JOSH FUNK – AP OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s third-quarter profit fell 19% as the railroad hauled about 3% fewer shipments and costs remained high, but the average speed of its trains improved 5% as new CEO Jim Vena began to tweak the operations. Union Pacific said it earned $1.53 billion or $2.51 […]

Union Pacific sued by U.S. government and former employees over flawed vision test used to disqualify color blind railroad workers

The suit announced Monday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 21 former workers is the first the government filed in what could eventually be hundreds — if not thousands — of lawsuits. BY  JOSH FUNK   AND   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via fortune.com The lawsuit announced Monday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on […]

Federal railroad inspectors find alarming number of defects on Union Pacific this summer

BY JOSH FUNK, ASSOCIATED PRESS – 09/10/23 2:50 PM ET via thehill.com OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal inspectors said they found an alarming number of defects in the locomotives and railcars Union Pacific was using at the world’s largest railyard in western Nebraska this summer, and the railroad was reluctant to fix the problems. Federal […]

New federal rule may help boost competition for railroad shipments at companies with few options

BY JOSH FUNK for apnews.com Companies that have plants and facilities served by only one railroad may soon be able to get a bid from another railroad if their current service is bad enough under a new rule that was proposed Thursday to help boost competition. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced the long-awaited rule that […]

Norfolk Southern and other big railroads claim they encourage safety and transparency—but nearly 800 whistleblower complaints say otherwise

Lawyers and unions say there’s an industry-wide pattern of acting against workers who report safety violations or injuries. BY  JOSH FUNK  AND   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via fortune.com Hours before a Norfolk Southerntrain derailed in Ohio and erupted in fire in February, a judge ruled a former railroad employee could proceed with a lawsuit claiming he had been harassed for years by managers […]

Analysis: At Union Pacific, Vena the CEO will be different than Vena the COO

With cost-cutting in the rear-view mirror, the focus will be on service and growth For clues about where incoming CEO Jim Vena may take Union Pacific, look at where he wanted to take Canadian National. You may recall that in late 2021 activist investor TCI Fund Management touted Vena as a replacement for CN CEO JJ Ruest. […]

Unions criticize Union Pacific’s selection of Jim Vena as CEO

By Bill Stephens for trains.com SMART-TD chairmen call move a ‘giant step backwards’ OMAHA, Neb. — Incoming Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena will not get a honeymoon with rail labor when he begins leading the railroad on Aug. 14. Local SMART-TD leaders and the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO were critical of the company’s […]

Union Pacific railroad to renew push for 1-person crews by testing conductors in trucks

By  JOSH FUNK The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific will renew its push for one-person train crews later this summer when the railroad tests out the idea of having a conductor in a truck respond to problems on trains in Nebraska and Colorado. The railroad will continue using two crew members on […]

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