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Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
UP garners military hiring recognition from diversity magazine
Profiles in Diversity Journal recently recognized Union Pacific Railroad as one of the nation's "25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring."
The only railroad on the list, UP was selected for its commitment to military veteran hiring, progressive reservist policies and dedication to supporting employees who are veterans, UP officials said in a press release.
In 2013, the Class I hired more than 800 military veterans, including 95 who are disabled. Veterans accounted for about one-fourth of all new hires last year. The railroad offers various employment opportunities for military veterans, including train crews, diesel mechanics, diesel electricians, assistant signal workers and track laborers.
Leadership and teamwork skills, wide-ranging areas of expertise, familiarity with nontraditional working hours and experience working outdoors are some of the characteristics that make military personnel a good fit for the railroad, UP officials said.
"Union Pacific understands and values the skills veterans bring to the workforce," said Roy Schroer, UP's vice president of human resources. "The military instills a strong work ethic and world view that strengthens our organization at all levels."
UP tries to recruit veterans through its involvement with military transition offices, military education offices, reserve and National Guard units, career fairs, information sessions, employer panels and resume review assistance, and by serving on local military committees and boards.
The Class I has garnered other recognition for its commitment to hiring veterans. UP received the inaugural Hiring Our Heroes Award for Post 9/11 Veteran Employment and Internships from the National Chamber Foundation and has been named a military-friendly employer 10 times by G.I. Jobs magazine.
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