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Union Pacific announces 475 workforce layoffs

Specifc effects on Roseville facilty currently unknown
By: Brody Fernandez, Gold Country Media
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The Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) recently announced a workforce reduction of 475 employees, according to company officials. 
This is the first of many planned workforce reductions through 2020, according to UP officials. Roseville is home to the largest rail facility on the West Coast stretching more than six miles long and covering 915 acres, according to officials. 
Although UP officials said employment numbers are not broken down city to city, officials confirmed that more than 4,000 employees work in California, with Roseville being its largest rail yard facility. 
“Earlier this year, Union Pacific announced a workforce reduction of approximately 475 employees occurring in the fourth quarter,” said Union Pacific (California) spokeswoman Hannah Bolte. “Additionally, approximately 200 contract positions will be eliminated. The impacted positions are across the Union Pacific system.” 
Gold Country Media spoke to several employees at the J.R. Davis railyard who said they were not aware of such information and that they “are not notified on that kind of information.”
When asked whether by Gold Country Media whether the J.R. Davis Railyard in Roseville would suffer any of those reductions, Bolte would not comment.
“At this time we are not providing cite specific information on our workforce reduction,” Bolte said. “I’m not able to break it down to specific locations right now.” 
According to Bolte, the workforce reduction is an effort to reduce the railroad company’s general and administrative support structure as a new operating plan is implemented in 2020.
“This will ensure Union Pacific remains a strong, competitive and vibrant company,” Bolte said. According to a previous Press Tribune report, the J.R. Rail Yard has about 1,000 employees who work at the J.R. Davis Yard at any given time. 
The company’s website states that the Union Pacific J. R. Davis Yard opened in 1906, with the last renovation completed in 1952. According to company officials, the J.R. Rail Yard is a  $142 million state-of-the-art facility built to handle West Coast traffic more efficiently. The facility’s features include: 
  • Encompasses 915 acres
  • 55 bowl tracks
  • 50 miles of track constructed around local area for bulk and intermodal trains
  • More than 86 miles of new track
  • 247 switches
  • Two main lines
  • 6,500 rail car capacity
  • 1,800-2,300 cars per day classification ability
  • Eight receiving and departure tracks
  • New repair facility.