OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- G.I. Jobs named Union Pacific Railroad one of America's top military-friendly employers for 2014, marking the 11th time in 12 years that one of the nation's premier career guides for military job seekers recognized Union Pacific. Selections are based on the strength of a company's military initiatives or events, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and company policies on National Guard and military reserve service. This year, Union Pacific is ranked second on the list, up 11 spots from last year.
"We are incredibly proud to employ military veterans," said Roy Schroer, vice president, Union Pacific Human Resources. "Military training instills dedication and a goal-oriented work ethic that translates very well to the railroad. We regularly seek out transitioning military service members in our recruiting efforts, and our veteran population continues to increase."
So far this year, Union Pacific has hired nearly 800 military veterans, including 91 disabled veterans. These veterans make up approximately 25 percent of all new hires in 2013. Overall, veterans comprise approximately 20 percent of Union Pacific's workforce, and 24 percent of Union Pacific's hires in the last five years have been veterans.The railroad's progressive reservist policy, which compensates all employees for any difference between military and company pay for employees called to duty and continues to provide health plan benefits for dependents when employees are deployed, is one example of how Union Pacific supports its reserve, active duty and veteran employees and their families. Another example is UPVETS, a Union Pacific employee resource group devoted to attracting, developing and retaining employees who are military veterans. Leadership and teamwork skills, wide ranging areas of expertise gained during their service, familiarity with nontraditional working hours and experience working outdoors make military personnel valuable to Union Pacific.