Union Pacific announces workforce reduction, organizational changes

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Union Pacific announced on Tuesday that they had cut over 100 jobs in Omaha and plan to make more organizational changes.

The railroad company said they've cut back on the number of locomotives they run, meaning 450 mechanics were furloughed. They reduced the general workforce by 250 employees, with 60 percent of those being based in Omaha.

In October, Union Pacific announced a workforce reduction of approximately 475 people, with an additional 200 contract positions eliminated.

The company plans to make organizational changes as well, including how different departments interact.

The changes are part of a longterm plan the company calls "Unified Plan 2020."

A release from Union Pacific stated that "Union Pacific’s Unified Plan 2020 and other initiatives are helping the company boost efficiency and productivity. These initiatives also are allowing the company to better compete in our marketplace against other railroads and freight transportation modes. While more organizational and operating changes are still to come, the improvements to date are significant."

The full announcement can be read below.

Union Pacific’s Unified Plan 2020 and other initiatives are helping the company boost efficiency and productivity. These initiatives also are allowing the company to better compete in our marketplace against other railroads and freight transportation modes. While more organizational and operating changes are still to come, the improvements to date are significant.

With more than 1,000 locomotives recently idled, UP’s Mechanical department furloughed roughly 450 employees across the system. The company also announced a nonagreement workforce reduction of approximately 250 employees, with about 60 percent of these positions based in Omaha.

Union Pacific today also announced the following organizational changes.

The Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) network will report to Health and Medical Services, part of Workforce Resources, effective Feb. 15. The OHN network currently reports to Operating Services, which is part of the Operating department. OHNs typically are located in service units and Mechanical department shops across the UP network. They are available to support employees and local work units in meeting safety and health goals. The OHN network will report to Mark Jones, general director Health Services.

The UP Police force will report to Risk Management, part of the Law department, effective March 2. The police function currently reports to Safety, part of the Operating department. Police force functions include the work handled by special agents as well as homeland security, public safety, crisis management and unmanned aerial systems (drones). UP Police will report to Lee Myers, AVP Risk Management. Aligning the Risk Management and UP Police reporting functions will create numerous synergies, including in areas such as rail crossing accident investigations, property damage claims, and managing evidence and event documentation.

The Response Management Communications Center (RMCC) will report to the Compliance, Environmental, Health & Safety group within Law, effective March 2. RMCC currently reports to the UP Police. RMCC will report to David Young, vice president Law - Compliance, Environmental, Health & Safety.