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									                                                                                                                       FOURTH QUARTER 2009

                                            CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT
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                                                                 Stay as warm and dry as possible                     duties.”
                                                                 … Be safe and productive.”                                         -J.D. Knuth
                                                                                -James Chesser

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                                                                                                                for the winter months. I will make
                                                                                                                sure that I will arm up to work before

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                                                                  knowing my surroundings.                      workers.”
                                                                    Stay alert, st ay alive.”                                       -Marek Mietus
                                                                            -Jose Gonzalez

        Winter?                                                   “Follow the Rules.
                                                                                                                 “Staying focused on
                                                                                                                 footwork with the
                                                                  Dress warm.”                                   possibility of ice and
                                                                     -Kelly McDonald                             slippery conditions with
                                                                                               the safe
                                                                                              course.”           every step.”
                                                            “Stay focused and             -R. Katcher                   -John Medlin
                                                            stay on point.”
                                                               -Lonnie Davis
                                                                                                                        “Make sure to inform
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                                                                                                                “Observe all safety precautions;
                                                                                                                dress warmly and wear safety
                                                                                                                boots and gloves. Allow more
                                              “Dressing right, take breaks,                                     time to get to work and drive
                                              watch the temperature, stay                                       defensively.”
                                              focused on the job to be done.         “Avoid frostbite, drive             -Donald Ewell
                                              Watch out for each other.”             safely. Clear locomotive
                                                          -Jeff Breesley             walkways. Dress warm;
                                                                                     avoid slips, trips and falls;
                                                                                     clean switches properly.”
                                                                                                 -R.E. Emmett
                                                                                                                     More great safety tips on page 3.
Snow falls in West Chicago, Ill., Dec. 9.
                      CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 2

Shaping the Safety Culture
   A culture change is taking shape at Proviso Locomotive,
spearheaded by a reorganization plan based on the 5S meth-
odology which targets a productive work environment through
cleaning, developing and sustaining workplace organization.
   The 5S initiative will help eliminate unnecessary steps. 5S
begins with sorting and continues with straightening, shining,
standardizing, and, most importantly, sustaining.
   While the project has received great support from Jeff
Breslin, foreman, he has brought several foremen trainees
on board with the initiative. Breslin said employee involve-
ment in the process from conceiving a possible solution for
a problem, to implementing the solution, is critical to their
   “This is going to take hold here and we will not give up,”
Breslin, said.
   Employees at Proviso Locomotive have made great strides
in safety this year. As of Nov. 19, 2008, eight injuries had been
incurred by shop employees for the year. On the same date
this year, only two injuries have been recorded. The previous
two years, the shop had recorded injuries in the double digits. Chuck Lowe, machinist, places labels on shelving units adjacent to the B track. It is one of a multitude of ideas aimed at enhancing
   “Last year we ended in last place for the system,” said Eddie
                                                                  efficiency in the shop through organization.

Lewis, TSC facilitator. “That really didn’t sit well with us.”
   Employees have stepped up to the plate beyond safety this                   throughout the system were back in service in November due to
year. In late Summer, they were called upon to replace turbos on               the diligent work of Proviso employees.
the GE Evolution Series engines after a manufacturer’s defect was                  The facility also held a family day Oct. 24, which was attended
discovered. Most of the 230 units immediately pulled from service              by nearly 500 employees, family members and friends.

Lookin’ Good After
Clean-Up Effort
  The neighborhood in West Allis, Wis., looks brighter thanks
to a lot of helping hands during two clean-up efforts this year.
  Chicago Service Unit employees teamed with West Allis
community members June 22 and Nov. 14 to remove debris
and graffiti along approximately 25 blocks of right-of-way.
  Mike Meyer, senior special agent, was approached earlier
this year by Lt. Ed Benish of the West Allis Police Department
to discuss the possibility of such an event.
  “We always want to be a good neighbor and this is one way
of doing that,” Meyer said. “This is a win-win situation for
  Several people aided with the two events, including, local law
enforcement officers, Boy Scouts, athletes from Allis Central
High School, juveniles assigned court-ordered community ser-
vice, Home Depot employees and UP Engineering employees.
                                                                              Continued on page 10.

Volunteers included the City Aldermen, Chief of Police, municipal police officers, Boy Scouts and members of the
West Allis Central High School wrestling and football teams. Mike Meyer, senior special agent, and Jim Fisher,
manager-track maintenance, coordinated service unit efforts.
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                         -Michael Perlock

Do You Plan ...                     “Never underestimate the cold      “Remaining alert to situation-          “I plan to wear my snow
Continued from page 1               temperatures and follow all        al changes. Being prepared              boots, make sure all of the
                                    the safety steps while per-        for changes and allowing the            switch points are clear and
“Watching my footing.               forming all jobs. Be prepared.”    extra time to perform every             dress warm.”
Putting ice melt on the steps.”                     -Shane Skinner     task safely.”                                     -Anthony Walsh
               -Jesse Gantt Jr.     “Continue to stay committed                           -David Neff
“Take extra time and caution        to safety as proven by our         “Job brief every morning.
for ice, snow and sleet.            track record at Global III         Listen to the weather report
Advise to others.”                  intermodal facility.”              and dress for it.”
                 -S.M. Kasten                        -Ashraf Baker                   -Frederick Smith
                                    “Continue defensive driving        “Plan and adjust as conditions     “Stay focused. Dress warm.
“Take short steps. Wear
                                    practices. Slow down and           require.”                          Watch where I put my feet
LaCrosse boots and watch
                                    take extra care on and off                         -Lonnie Bryson     while walking.”
my footing. Walking is the
biggest hazard.”                    duty, at any task at hand.”        “First, wear ice boots when                     -Gerald Cramer
                  -C. Knutson                         -Carl Bishop     needed. They are great.            “Always check weather and
                                                                       Driving safely on the ramp I       dress appropriately.”
“Be aware of surrounding            “Wear the right equipment.         work on.”
                                    Be aware of surroundings,                                                          -Robert Johnson
and think things through.                                                             -Ted Lesniewski
Have common sense and               look first.”                                                          “Stay focused. Come
                                                 -James Bodamer        “Exercise greater vigilance        to work prepared for the
proper job briefings and dress
                                                                       and a heightened sense of          cold by dressing properly.
appropriately.”                     “Slow down at work and in          awareness. Be aware of my          Communicate by performing
                 -James Fuller      my own car. Watch out for          surroundings.”                     a job briefing with my peers
“Avoid slips, trips and falls.”     hidden objects under the                               -Allen Lee
                                    snow.”                                                                at the start of my shift.”
                -Joseph Larkin
                                                      -T. Piecuch      “I am going to make sure de-                      -Hipolito Moreno
“Stay focused on the task at                                           bris is picked up before snow
                                    “Steady as we go. Don’t rush                                          “Be aware of weather
hand.”                                                                 hits the ground so that they
                                    the work. Get it done right                                           conditions. Check areas when
              -Michael Taylor                                          don’t become a tripping or
                                    the first time.”                                                      getting on/off equipment.
“Wear supplied company                                                 slipping hazard. Also, I am        Keep your mind on the job.
                                                     -W.P. Diamond
footwear at all times. Stay                                            going to warm up before work       Make it simple.”
focused on the task at hand.”       “Comply with the rules this        and take extra precautions to                   -James Bianohisn
                    -J.E. Horst     winter and everyday, then you      work safely.”
                                    will stay safe.”                                 -David Davis, Jr.    “Focus and communicate.
“Take my time. Wear the                             -Antonio Varela                                       Prepare and be aware of your
proper clothing and shoes to                                           “Stay focused. Don’t take          surroundings. Be safe for
avoid slips and falls, stay alert   “Dress warmly and take             chances, stay healthy. Come        everyone.”
and get my rest.”                   breaks to ensure body              to work ready to work. Take                         -Todd Darby
                                    warmth.”                           pride in yourself, which
                  -Jason Cook
                                                   -D.J. Whitmore      reflects on UP and our             “My plan is to stay alert and
“I plan to be alert at all times                                       customers.”                        attentive … to help my crew.”
                                    “1) Salt around the switches
while at work and will brief                                                        -Ronald DeAvilla                        -Tiffany Ross
                                    to keep them visible during
with my peers and help their                                                                              “Use common sense while
                                    snowfall. 2) Drive slowly          “Watch for covered debris.
situational awareness as well.”                                                                           working. Whether in bad
                                    and under control. 3) Keep         Job brief, and help my fellow
                 -Kris Nafziger                                                                           weather or not.”
                                    hands out of pockets for good      employees stay focused.”
“Be aware of any changes            balance.                                             -J.C. Stevens                -Kristopher Speer
“Stay focused.”                                    -David Mirgan       “Now that winter is here,          “Keep walkways on the
              -Paul Piekorski                                          we make sure everyone on           engine free of snow and ice.
                                    “Stay alert. Take it slow.
Drive and work safely. Be           Ask, ‘what if?’ and ‘what          the crew is aware of daily         Wear spikes on shoes and use
aware of weather conditions.”       could go wrong.’ Stay warm.”       weather conditions.”               three-point contact.”
             -Lenny Wiseman                          -M.G. Gorski                           -Don Wise                  -Randall Knerler

                                                                                                    CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 3
                   CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 4

                                                                                             Attention to detail is key
                                                                                               Randy Crow, locomotive engineer, left, and Kevin Hermon, con-
                                                                                             ductor, complete their job briefing and paper work in West Chicago
                                                                                             before running a train to Clinton on the Geneva Subdivision.
                                                                                               Crowe, with 14 years experience, said working safely in the
                                                                                             winter takes the same ingredients as working any other day.
                                                                                               “There is just a little bit more concentration,” he said.
                                                                                               With six years on the railroad, Hermon said slips, trips and falls
                                                                                             are important to watch for.
                                                                                               “You have to pay attention and watch your footing,” he said.

Toys for Tots made holidays brighter for local children
   Christmas was likely brighter for many                            foreman general, and Ken Jabczynski,            from his service in the United States Navy.
Chicagoland children this year who bene-                             carman peer trainer, organized the success-     He has two sons that gave him motivation
fited from the Toys for Tots campaign.                               ful toy drive.                                  to lend a helping hand to other children.
LEAD teamed up with Dave Kaiser,                                       2009’s campaign began with three drop         One of them has suffered from a brain
                                                                     boxes, but that number quickly grew to 18.      tumor.
                                                                       “We set our goal at 500 toys and col-           “Once you are in that circumstance, you
                                                                     lected more than 700,” Jabczynski said.         always want to help somebody else out,”
                                                                     “Hopefully next year we can set our goal        he said.
                                                                     for 700 toys and we can get 1,000. I would        The campaign on the service unit ended
                                                                     love to try and set our goal for next year to   Dec. 18, although employees can make
                                                                     be one employee, one toy.”                      donations to the Web site at any time.
                                                                       Kaiser’s involvement with the Toys for          The toys were delivered to a Marine
                                                                     Tots campaign dates back to his service         Reserves station just as local TV sta-
                                                                     with the United States Marine Corp., the        tion, WGN news, broadcast from the
                                                                     primary sponsor for the nationally recog-       site that Toys for Tots was hit hard
                                                                     nized program. He started the initiative        this year with a decline in donations.
                                                                     on the Chicago Service Unit after moving
                                                                     from Omaha in 2008, where headquarters            “It is about the kids. Whether we get
(L–R): Shane Bibby, Diana Konyek, Gloria Barton, Bob Hartman and     employees had a strong campaign each            recognition or don’t, that is not why we
Ryan Gurley are surrounded by a mountain of toys purchased for the   year.                                           do it,” Kaiser said. “We do it to make
Toys for Tots Campaign.                                                Jabczynski’s involvement also stemmed         a child’s Christmas a little brighter.”

Competition boosts donation totals
  A friendly competition between Managers-                                The campaign has had a positive impact on
Yard Operations’ Diana Konyek and Percy                                 employees.
Fields III, helped fuel efforts to give back to                           “There were some big donations of $50 and
the community during the holiday season.                                $100,” he said. “Some people said that when
  Konyek and Fields teamed to raise $900                                they were growing up, if it wasn’t for Toys
for the United States Marine’s Toys for Tots                            for Tots, they wouldn’t have had Christmas
campaign. They set out on a shopping spree to                           themselves.”
Target Dec. 15 and used the money to purchase                             Konyek said she believes the success of the
equal amounts of boys and girls toys. The toys                          donation drive at Global III was due in part
were delivered to the Proviso Administration                            to taking a different approach. She offered
Building Dec. 18 for subsequent distribution                            to accept cash donations rather than only toy
to a Toys for Tots regional drop-off site.                              donations, which would make it easier and
  “I think this is a great cause everybody here                         more convenient for employees. Earlene
has supported,” Fields said. “In our current                            Bendschneider, wife of Kurt Bendschneider,
                                                                                                                          Gloria Barton, manager-terminal operations, left, and Ken Jabczynski,
economic times, many families can’t provide                             brakeman, then completed the shopping with        car foreman, unload toy donations. There were 18 drop boxes across
clothing and food, let alone toys.”                                     the funds at a local Target store.                the service unit.
Global III Performance Measurements Provide Opportunities
  Global III employees continue to make progress in their performance
  Compared to last year, Train Plan Compliance had improved 6.5
percent, from 92.7 percent to 98.2 percent. The measurement essentially
ensures that trains were run the way they said they would be. In
November, on-time performance reached 94.9 percent. That figure was
above the goal of 94 percent and well above the 71.2 percent achieved
last year.
  Perhaps the most noted improvement, however, has been with
intermediate dwell. In 2008, the average intermediate dwell, which
measures how quickly crews work a train when it arrives in the yard,
was 202 minutes. In 2009, that average dropped to 87 minutes.
  Manager-Terminal Operations Gloria Barton credits the enhanced
efficiency to more refined processes. Percy Fields III, manager-yard
operations, studied intermediate dwell and developed processes that could
help the team standardize their practice. For example, where trains were
previously held in the pocket, they are not anymore. Communications             Global III’s leaders include Gloria Barton, manager-terminal operations, left, and Managers-Yard Operations
between the switch crews, dispatcher and utility employee have been             Percy Fields III, Diana Konyek and Shane Titsworth.
refined so that everyone knows quickly when a train is ready.
  Barton hopes an exciting new project may create more business
for Global III. The “Big Sky” project, as it has come to be called,         Global III Employees of the Month in 2009
has sought to entice companies in the wind energy industry to make          January Bob Hartman, Mike Popilek, Eric Burnham, Dave Hawley.
Global III a distribution center for most of the pieces used to make        February George Thoreson, Dana Dockstader, John Porretto
wind turbines. There are nine components that can be shipped by
                                                                            March     Kurt Bendschneider, Mike Schaffer, Chuck Crome, Jim Brady
rail. A projected two trains per week, each carrying 113 components,
would filter through Global III.                                            April     Matt Thomason, Sam Thomason, Ryan Sumila, Mike Shaffer
  “We are excited to have new opportunities here,” Barton said.             May       Steve Matushek, Tom Hobbs, Paul Frame, Matt Mayhall.
  Managers work to raise safety awareness through various                   June      Brian Runkle, Mike Taylor, Joe Ballou, David Jones.
promotional activities. They distributed apple pies in November
                                                                            July      Allen Schauer, Robert Eckert, Gary Strack, Randy Tucker.
thanking employees for their part in the “pie” of keeping their fellow
employees safe. In October, they gave out apple cider and caramel           August    Darrin Haley, Kurt Bendschneider, John Porretto, Dana Dockstader
apples. In September, ice cream was served. They also began an              September Taylor Weisbeck, Gary Strack, Randy Tucker, Mike Miller.
employee of the month recognition. A locomotive engineer, conductor,        October Scott Felts, Jason Werren, John Johns
RCL operator, Fort Madison and mechanic-in-charge has been selected         November Robert Eckert, Matt Thomason, Shawn Smith, John Fowler
each month. Winners receive a $25 gift card to the company store
                                                                            December Rory Pertson, Sam Thomason, Matt Fransen, Phillip Grutsch
and a premium parking spot.

Tips from Global III crew
  It’s no laughing matter. The “walk like a duck” motto many em-
ployees follow in the winter is an important element to winter safety.
  Global III’s Glenn Tanner, locomotive engineer, right, and Ray
Gutierrez, conductor, know that all too well.
  It’s a simple tip they have used in their nearly 15 years combined
railroad experience.
  Communication also keeps the duo safe.
  “We communicate with every operator to see if there is anything to
restrict us from doing our job,” Gutierrez said.
  Crews at Global III were 547 days without injury as of Dec. 9.
Road crews also celebrated more than 400 days without run-through
switches in that period.

                                                                                                                          CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 5
                       CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 6

Winter challenges
                                                                                                                                John Flanagan, switchman/brakeman, left, and Bill Johnson, conductor, do not regularly work the same
                                                                                                                                job together in Chicago Heights, but both have the same goal of safe, quality service.

                                                                                                                            Safe and Efficient
                                                                                                                               Experience can be an invaluable element to customer service.
                                                                                                                            Just ask Bill Johnson, a conductor with 42 years of experience on
                                                                                                                            the railroad.
                                                                                                                               Johnson works a local job that regularly serves Chicago Heights,
                                                                                                                            Ill., and customers such as Nufarm Americas Inc., Chicago Heights
Yard Center Maintenance of Way employees: Ryan Lavin, welder, left; Jason Murry, truck driver, and Jarel Kennard, welder.

   It takes a diligent Engineering crew to ensure the safe and ef-                                                          Steel Corporation, Greenbrier Rail Services, Trialco Inc. and Ford
ficient movement of trains in the winter.                                                                                   Motor Company’s stamping plant.
   Enter Jarel Kennard, Ryan Lavin and Jason Murry. The trio is                                                                Johnson said the most important element to customer service is
part of a team that guards more than 30 miles of rail from 80th                                                             ensuring they receive the right cars at the right time in a safe and
Street to Beecher Junction.                                                                                                 efficient manner.
   They take care of broken rails, pull aparts, frogs, maintenance                                                             “I feel like I work for my customers, UP just signs the check,”
and switches.                                                                                                               Johnson said about his dedication.
   They also must maintain safety as the highest priority.                                                                     For people on the Extra Board called in to help with the local
   The Dolton-based team was 372 days injury-free as of Dec. 10.                                                            job such as John Flanagan, switchman, Johnson’s knowledge is
   They say slips, trips and falls are a common pitfall with winter                                                         critical in serving the customers. When he fills in on the job, he
injuries. Murry said avoiding them is about awareness.                                                                      also counts on Johnson to give him additional information in the
   “We have to stay alert and attentive by performing our duties,”                                                          job briefing and posted charts to keep him safe.
he said. “There is very high maintenance in inclement weather.”                                                                In his eight years on the railroad, Flanagan has learned that safety
   The eight employees in the department maintain contact with                                                              takes time.
Transportation and Signal departments throughout the day.                                                                      “With weather like this, you aren’t walking very fast or in a hurry,
   Lavin has 13 years experience on the railroad, while Kennard                                                             you have to make sure you feel around,” Flanagan said.
has 18 months and Murry has six years. Murry and Lavin maintain                                                                Johnson counts on himself to stay safe.
that teamwork is crucial to ensure new hires are ushered in with a                                                             “I worry about my own personal record, and if you worry about
safety-minded mentality.                                                                                                    that, the rest will work out,” he said.
   “It’s an everyday process. You never can know too much. We
mentor each other. There’s always a time when someone falls
short. You need your teammate to aid and assist from the smallest
thing to the largest,” Lavin said.
                                                                                                                             Safety Corner
   Tool safety also is critical in their line of work.                                                                      2009 Goal
   “You never know how hazardous the simplest of things can be                                                               This Time Last Year Reportable Rate: 1.61                                              2.11 2.16
from dropping a tool, to misuse of a tool,” Murry said. “You must
inspect tools daily and use them properly.”
                                                                                                                             YTD As of Nov. 2009 Incidents:         26                                               43 27

Fuel Conservation                                                                                      The Service Unit continues on pace for exceeding the goal of a B grade in its
                                                                                                     fuel use consumption rate. As of Nov. 30, service unit forces held a YTD C-Rate
                                                                                                     of 1.130, far less than the goal of 1.183. The C-Rate in 2008 was 1.206.

Update                                                                                                 Every 0.01 reduction in system C-Rate saves 11 million gallons annually.
                                                                                                       Room for opportunity exists in bulk empty compliance, yard shutdown compli-
                                                                                                     ance and Fuel Masters Unlimited engagement.
                                                                                                       Four locomotive pools have been added to Chicago Service Unit’s FMU Program
                                                                                                     this fall. Fort Madison to Chicago, Adams-Butler-Chicago, Fort Madison to
                                                                                                     Rochelle and Chicago Hauler pools are now included in FMU.
That’s Impressive Teamwork
   Maintenance of Way employees in Chicago Heights, Ill., have
set an impressive safety record of more than 16 years injury-free.
   It’s a streak they don’t seek to break anytime soon.
   The group of five employees were 6,072 days injury and incident
free as of Dec. 10.
   James Nettles, trackman, has been part of the team since day
one of the record. With 38 years on the railroad, his impact as a
mentor is evident.
   “It’s a balance, really,” he said. “They keep me safe too.”
   Planning ahead is critical to the group’s safety.
   “Working in the winter, I would say we work reasonably,” Chicago Heights forces include Robert McLeod, track foreman, left; Wayne Rushing, machine operator; James Nettles, trackman;
                                                                     Brandon Hammer, machine operator; Antonio Varela, machine operator; and Jonathon Parker, manager-track maintenance.
Nettles said.
   The group maintains tracks on the Chicago Heights AutoRamp,                 “I like it here because it’s different everyday,” he said. “You get
Bulkmatic, from Milepost 20 to Milepost 36 on the main line and            to interact with lots of people and do a variety of things.”
various industrial leads.                                                      As an Operations Management Training program member, Parker
   They recently welcomed Jonathon Parker as manager-track                 was surprised how much information there was to learn about the
maintenance. Parker has been impressed with the group’s                    industry.
dedication.                                                                    “You have to absorb as much as you can in that year to reuse it
   “This is a cumulative effort from everybody,” he said.                  in the field,” he said.
   Antonio Varela, machine operator, said camaraderie is another               Parker is thankful for the support he received from veteran em-
factor in keeping the group safe.                                          ployees in his department during the transition.
   “We don’t come to work, we come to enjoy our work,” he said.                “I have leaned on them as a resource, they have been very good
“Whatever we do, we enjoy it. Sometimes you don’t agree with               about helping out,” he said. “As long as you ask, they are willing
each other, but we still work together as a team.”                         to share their knowledge.”
   During the first big snow storm of the year the week of Dec. 7,             In addition to ensuring quality track maintenance, Parker has
the group turned their focus to cleaning switches and fixing broken        made safety a priority. He seeks to build on their safety records
rails and broken joints in frigid temperatures.                            by continuing to facilitate communication among employees.
                                                                               In his free time, Parker enjoys drawing and paint ball. He has
Welcome Parker!                                                            visited Chicago often, so moving to the area was an easy transition,
   The Engineering team welcomed Jonathon Parker as the Dolton-            he said.
based manager-track maintenance in November.
   Parker hired with Union Pacific Jan. 1, 2007, as part of the com-                                                          Meet the Trainer
pany’s Engineering Associate program. His training took him to                                                          Name: Chris Stephens
the San Antonio Service Unit, where he later served as assistant                                                        Job title: Switchman/brakeman
manager-track maintenance in Flatonia, Texas.                                                                           Hired: 2001 at Proviso
   The Atlanta, Ga., native has earned two degrees; an applied                                                          Additional responsibilities: Has served
physics degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a civil                                                           as Proviso’s peer trainer for the past
engineering degree from the University of Michigan.                                                                 four months. As a peer trainer, Stephens
   His interest in the railroad came upon the recommendation of a                                              helps train hump conductors.
friend. He has enjoyed the healthy balance of field work and office         Safety motto: Always take the safe course. If you have any
work.                                                                       questions, stop what you are doing.

See how these employees rate as Fuel Masters:

Clinton to Proviso        South Pekin to              Fort Madison to           Chicago to Butler/         Adams to Butler to         Fort Madison to           Chicago Hauler Pool
Total dollars             Clinton                    Chicago                    Janesville                 Chicago                    Rochelle                  Total dollars
rewarded: $11,130         Total dollars              Total dollars              Total dollars              Total dollars              Total dollars             rewarded: $455
Ronald Neimeyer $420      rewarded: $1,390           rewarded: $415             rewarded: $925             rewarded: $1,365           rewarded: $300            John Porretto $125
Philip Pique $370         Kevin Mcelmurry            James Norton $125          Michael Kraus $140         John Rozeck Jr. $165       Randall Tucker $140       Taylor Weisbeck $100
Kerry Gehrke $360         $285                       D.L. Goings $100           Kenneth Freer $130         Curtis Camps $150          Michael Thelen $100       James Brady $50
                          Robert Felton $235         James Warning $75          R.B. Hayes Jr. $105        Guy McLennan $150          Rex Hauser $60
                          Ronald Smith $190

                                                                                                                                     CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 7

                                                                                                                                   Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Helping People                                                                                                                     He joined UP predecessor Missouri Pacific
                                                                                                                                   Railroad in 1983 as a special agent.

Face Life’s                                                                                                                           He takes pride that he was the first rail-
                                                                                                                                   road special agent to graduate from the
                                                                                                                                   Cook County Sherrif’s Police Academy in
Challenges                                                                                                                         Illinois. At 41-years-old, he was the oldest
                                                                                                                                   in his class. Parker also was instrumental
                                                                                                                                   in adopting a standardized uniform for the
   Melvin Parker knows how to adjust and
                                                                                                                                   UP police force.
adapt to different situations. He has many
                                                                                                                                      After an injury that occurred during a
talents, perhaps the most important one
                                                                                                                                   crime scene investigation in 1998, Parker,
being a listener.
                                                                                                                                   took on a job that took him out of police
   In addition to his unique role with Union
                                                                                                                                   service and into the human resources field.
Pacific as a background investigator,
Parker is one of two known chaplains in                                                                                               He was the first and is now one of four
the system.                                                                                                                        background investigators in the UP net-
   His training as a non-denominational
                                                 Melvin Parker has been a friendly face for Dolton, Ill., area employees for the
                                                 past several years. In addition to his regular responsibilities as a background
                                                                                                                                   work. They assist human resources with
chaplain at a local hospital has allowed him     investigator, Parker also is a trained chaplain.                                  background searches on new hires.
to work with employees involved in fatal                                                                                              “My journey and the experiences I have
grade crossing incidents or employees who           Often, the employee is directed to the                                         had have all been very interesting,” he said.
are struggling with a personal problem or        Employees Assistance Program, where                                                  Parker served as a communications ser-
death of a loved one. Because of his locale      counselors continue with an appropriate                                           geant in the United States Marines from
in Dolton, Ill., Parker can respond quickly      treatment or counseling program.                                                  1976 to 1982 and holds a bachelor’s degree
to incidents. He has built trust and relation-      Parker’s ability to sense problems and                                         in education from Mississippi Industrial
ships with the many employees working out        act as a listener likely came from his many                                       College in Holly Springs, Miss.
of Dolton, in each department.                   roles he has carried in life.                                                        A native of Duncan, Miss., he grew up
   “I can sense when there is a problem with        Before joining the Canadian National                                           with seven siblings on a plantation.
someone,” he said. “Sometimes they need          Railroad in 1981 as a special agent, he                                              He and his wife, Pam, have two children,
somebody to listen to them.”                     served as a Metropolitan Correctional                                             Malcolm and Melanie.

Konyek heads to marketing and sales Service
   Global III employees bid farewell to
Manager–Yard Operations Diana Konyek
                                                    During her time at Global III, she earned
                                                 her Master of Business Adminstration
as she takes on a new role in the Marketing      degree with a concentration in marketing                                          5 Years
Development Sales Center as an account           from American Intercontinental University.
                                                                                                                                   Charles Barnes, switchman/brakeman
representative.                                     Utilizing her master’s degree is one of
                                                                                                                                   William Betourne Jr., switchman/brakeman
   Konyek will begin approximately five to       the aspects Konyek is excited for in her
                                                                                                                                   Carl Bishop, through freight conductor
six weeks of core training Jan. 21.              new role.
                                                                                                                                   Dorian Compton, through freight conductor
   Her history with Union Pacific dates to          “I look forward to learning a new side of                                      Shareef Dawson Sr., through freight conductor
1999, when she hired as a train dispatcher.      the business,” she said.                                                          David Davis Jr., carman
The Omaha native graduated with a bach-             Her background in the operations side of                                       Scott Davis, road passenger conductor
elors degree in journalism and advertising       the railroad will likely impact her success.                                      Paul Frame, through freight conductor
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln             “I understand the importance of customer                                       Jason Grady, switchman/brakeman
in 1997, but was urged by her father to          commitments, as well as the challenges                                            Joshua Hamilton, through freight conductor
give the railroad a shot. Her father, Rick       and opportunities we have first hand to                                           Thomas Hobbs, through freight conductor
Konyek, Jr., is UP’s chief maintenance           those commitments,” she said. “I also                                             David Johnston, switchman/brakeman
inspector to the fleet of corporate jets at      understand how important customer sat-                                            Edward Kavanaugh, through freight conductor
Eppley Airfield. Her brother, R.J., works        isfaction is in keeping our business going                                        Joseph Krawczykowski, yardmaster
as a locomotive engineer on UP’s main line       strong in tough economic times like we                                            Le’Von Manning, switchman/brakeman
                                                                                                                                   Henry Martin, road passenger conductor
from Boone, Iowa, to Clinton, Iowa.              are facing.”
                                                                                                                                   Kenneth McKeever, through freight conductor
   Konyek worked in the Harriman Dispatch           She appreciates the support from her
                                                                                                                                   David Reineke, switchman/brakeman
Center until 2005 when she joined the            colleagues in Chicago.                                                            Arturo Reyes, road passenger conductor
Operations Management Training program.             “It was a pleasure working with everyone                                       Montgomery Ritchey, through freight brakeman
She was later appointed manager-intermod-        on the Chicago Service Unit,” she said. “I                                        Ryan Slusher, road passenger conductor
al operations and manager-yard operations        wish everyone the best of luck and be sure                                        James Vlasis Jr., through freight conductor
at Global III.                                   to say hello if you are ever in Omaha.”                                           David Wilson, switchman/brakeman
                                                                                                                                                              Continued on page 10.
Getting a Face Lift                                                                New windows and fresh paint grace
                                                                                   the CRO towers at Proviso.                       Safety is a Full-
   Three car retarder operator towers have
recently been remodeled with new win-                                                                                               Time Occupation
dows and new paint at Proviso. The face
                                                                                                                                      What does it take to be injury free for
lift is a welcome change for Switchmen/
                                                                                                                                    41 years?
Brakemen Rigo Villa, Warren Sutton Jr.
                                                                                                                                      Walter Michaels knows the answer.
and David Pilny.
   The windows provide more insulation                                                                                                The switchman at Dolton Intermodal has
and eliminate drafts through the towers,                                                                                            worked since April 6, 1968, without injury.
while the paint gives it a better look.                                                                        Rigo Villa             A Vietnam veteran, Michaels served as a
                                                                                                                                    machine gunner for two years in the United
                                                                                                                                    States Army before joining the railroad. He
                                                                                                                                    received a bronze star during his service.
                                                                                                                                      So, just what is his safety secret?
                                                                                                                                      “Pay attention to what is going on,” he
                                                                                                                                    said. “See, hear and speak. Do not take
                                                                                                                                    mental vacations. I don’t want to see any-
                                                                                                                                    body else hurt.”
                                                                                                                                      Safety is a full-time occupation in itself,
                                                                                                                                    especially in the winter, Michaels said. His
                                                                                                                                    commute to get to work is 43 miles one
   David Pilny                                       Warren Sutton Jr.
                                                                                                                                    way, which means driving safety comes
                                                                                                                                    into play as much as railroad safety.

                                                                                                                                      “You cannot get in a hurry to do any-
                                                                                                                                    thing,” he said.
                                                                                                                                      After 41 years, he has mentored many

Career Paths                                                                                                                        new employees and is a role model for
                                                                                                                                    those young and old.
                                                                                                                                      “I have done stuff wrong, but I try to
   Luke Slawson is ready to take the
                                                                                                                                    teach them the right way.”
reins as manager-terminal operations at
                                                                                                                                      His motivation for working safely is not
Butler Yard with the nearing retirement of
John Nezworski.                                                                                                                     just his livelihood, but that of his wife and
   Slawson’s career with Union Pacific                                                                                              family.
began with an internship in the safety                                                                                                He and his wife Linda have been married
department in 2004. His work with the                                                                                               40 years. They have two sons, Walter Jr.
railroad began much earlier, however,                                                                                               and David, and four granddaughters.
when he served with the United States           Luke Slawson, manager-terminal operations, left, thanks employees such as Maurice     He takes care not to bring his personal
Army Reserve. As a member of the                Powe, conductor, for their mentoring and support as he builds his career with UP.   problems to work or work issues home.
Milwaukee-based 1,151st Transportation
                                                Slawson will head to Butler Yard in January to serve as MTO.
                                                                                                                                      “You have to stop, regroup and focus
Batallion from 1998 to 2006, he gained                                                                                              your mind,” he said.
                                                     company and taking on the challenge of
experience in railroading.
                                                     running a stand-alone operation.
   Slawson holds a degree in occupational
                                                       “I want to continue the safety efforts
safety from the University of Wisconsin-             those employees have done,” he said. “I
Whitewater. The program stressed human               would also like to bring some new business
behaviors and building relationships as two          to the Milwaukee area.”
critical elements to leading a safe work               Since Slawson took over Global I, safety
environment. His degree also includes in-            and efficiency has enhanced at the terminal.
struction on topics such as identification of        November 2009 marked its best First On-
hazards, OSHA guidelines and ergonomics.             Time performance of 94 percent.
   Since his internship, Slawson has served            Slawson thanks TE&Y employees and
as manager-yard operations in Yard Center,           managers at Proviso and Global I for being
manager-yard operations in Proviso and               great mentors to him and supporting his
spent the last three years as manager-               career.
terminal operations at Global I.                       “They have always taken care of me,” he                                      Walter Michaels has worked 41 years injury free.
   He looks forward to his new role in the           said. “I have really enjoyed working here.”
                                                                                                                                             CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 9
                  CHICAGO SERVICE UNIT 10

Lookin’ Good After Clean-Up Effort
Continued from page 2.
                                                                                                                                     Service Anniversaries
                                                                                                                                     Continued from page 8.

  Home Depot also donated tools, rakes, gloves, paint and trash grabbers to help with the                                            10 Years
project.                                                                                                                             Brian Durst, through freight conductor
  The City of West Allis provided volunteers with pizza and soft drinks for lunch.                                                   Theodore Lesniewski, lead carman
                                                                                                                                     Jeffrey Tuttle, carman
  Jim Fisher, manager-track maintenance, coordinated track protection and collection of
                                                                                                                                     Marty Wade, yardmaster
the trash bags and debris for disposal at a municipal waste site.
  “This generated good rapport with the community,” Meyer said. “We made good friends                                                20 Years
and good partnerships in addition to cleaning the tracks.”
                                                                                                                                     Marvin Levi, lead carman
   Meyer said clean-up activities such as those held in West Allis have many benefits aside                                          Michael Neeble, terminal train dispatcher
from the obvious cleaner appearance of the railroad right-of-way.                                                                    Darryl Vance, lead carman
   “It helps eliminate trespassing issues and future graffiti issues if people know we are
active in enforcing that in the community,” Meyer said.                                                                              30 Years
   The targeted areas included approximately 20 blocks between 73rd and 92nd streets on                                              Ean Alexander, through freight engineer
the June clean-up day and five blocks of the Allis-Chalmers Energy industrial lead on the                                            Ricky Harrison, truck driver
November day.                                                                                                                        Bill Henderson, lead carman
    West Allis is located approximately nine miles south of Butler Yard.                                                             James Horst, through freight engineer
   Meyer thanks everyone in the service unit who lent support to the initiative.                                                     James Gavin, through freight conductor
                                                                                                                                     Dan Katich, carman
                                                                                                                                     Bret Varney, lead carman

   This newsletter appears under direction of the superintendent. For news coverage, contact Joe at the newsletter office at         40 Years
   402-475-6397, fax 402-475-6398, mail information to 1845 S. 11th St, Lincoln, NE 68502-2211, or e-mail joe@newslink.
   com. This material is intended to be an overview of the news of the service unit. If there are any discrepancies between          Dennis Brown, through freight brakeman
   this newsletter and any collective bargaining process, insurance contracts or other official documents, those documents will      James Harney, car inspector
   govern. UP continues to maintain and reserves the right, at any time, to alter, suspend, discontinue or terminate all plans and   Bruce Prather, through freight engineer
   programs described in this newsletter. This newsletter is not an employment contract or any type of employment guarantee.         *Please note these are employees active as of
                                                                                                                                     Dec. 16.

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