OMAHA, Neb., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- America's workforce is at a critical junction. At the same time automation is displacing traditional factory workers, baby boomers are retiring in increasing numbers. The result is stagnant job growth. Programs designed to introduce millennials to diverse career opportunities and the railroad's role in hiring skilled laborers is outlined in a new Inside Track story published today on the company's website.
The article includes perspectives from labor market insiders, as well as a student who understands the importance of trying new things.
"We need to get youth exposed to trade jobs," said welding student Nick Peterson. "If they don't like it, that's fine. But at least they tried. And it's not just youth, either. I'm 28 years old, and I'm going to school."
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. In the last 10 years, 2007-2016, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.