About 80 to 85 percent of all railway workers in the United States are represented by labor organizations. Some of these unions include only railway workers; others include workers both from the railways and from other industries. Members of these unions negotiate with the railroads through chosen representatives. In the course of many years of negotiation, and some bloodshed, an extensive and complicated system of rules and regulations governing wage schedules and working conditions was developed.
Pioneering spirits had long desired a railroad to span America. In 1863, ground was broken by the Central Pacific in Sacramento, Calif., and by Union Pacific in Omaha, Neb. On May 10, 1869, years of effort converged with the two lines meeting at Promontory Summit in Utah.
Now Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country, providing freight rail solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. Forty-five thousand employees are committed to keeping this nation moving 24/7 while battling Mother Nature to withstand hurricanes, rebuild mountains and persevere through floods.
Trains carry nearly everything that families and businesses depend on every day. The beehive state is a vital crossroads for Union Pacific. Salt Lake City and Odgen are both home to major railroad terminals, with Salt Lake also being home to Union Pacific's main technical center. As Union Pacific celebrates its 150thanniversary in Utah in 2012, Union Pacific is proud to be a part of Utah's bright future.