Union Pacific Faces Labor Shortage
Casper, WY – Union Pacific Railroad is looking for new
The railroad expects 40 percent of its work force to retire over the next decade, prompting the company to seek new hires while older employees are still around to help train them.
U-P spokesman James Barnes says most of the workers will be needed on the U-P mainline in southern Wyoming to handle eastbound traffic from the West Coast. He says replacements also will be needed in the Powder River Basin, where U-P is a major coal hauler.
The railroad employs about 15-hundred people in Wyoming. Engineers and conductors can earn up to 40-thousand dollars their first year and 75-thousand dollars a year after that.