Does anyone have any concrete information on this subject? It feels like this company is stuck in limbo and everyone is just rolling with the punches. I have noticed alot of attitude changes towards different crafts and employees, more of a positive one towards each other. Maybe its because were all stuck on what seems to be a sinking ship, and most are finally realizing that were all nothing more than a number, and what we do makes no difference to the Big Yellow Machine.
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That person just called me fat...but my new employer thinks I’m a varsity athlete, so that’s okay!
They have cut 8% or -3300 people so far. And that was mostly fat (Safety, IT, Carman and machinist, etc) jobs that wherein their crosshairs already. But to cut another 22% headcount today is 38,500≈ or another 8500 people. I don't see us in Mechanical being able to take another 22% cut of our workforce. We can't get out the work safely as we did before. And if the cut were that deep we'd only be glorified gas station attendants. Fuel it, change the sh–ter and let it go. We wouldn't have the resources(people) to repair engines anymore. I mean they can cut people off, but the next step would be to outsource locomotive repair. Because you wouldn't have enough people to do what we do today. But if history is our guide UP went from 47k in 2014 down to 42k by 2018. So to go from 38k today 30k by 2020 or over the next 18 months seem impossible to me.
The cuts began in 2018...
unless you are close to retirement, get another job. there's no future at UP. just rearranging chairs on the deck of the titanic at this point.
They said at the outset that their goal was to cut 30% of the total workforce. They haven't reached that number. The cuts will most likely continue through the rest of this year and into 2020.
My advice to all my former UP colleagues is to look for a job at a different company. With 30% being the stated goal nobody can assume their job is safe.
Their main objective at the end of the day is TE&Y. One man crews will be a crowning achievement. This is coming from Omaha. I'm here. You've been notified.
Chicago hasn't seen our TE&Y cuts yet. The rumor mill has people hired anywhere after the 2008-2012 years might be "permanently furloughed" like this at Hinkle were.
I read most recently they have reached 8% of workforce layoffs. The report also said UP is looking to go to 10%, so more to come.
I think there is a second round of cuts to come. They are going to evaluate all positions
6 Carman in St Louis just this week.