Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rails rank high among employers of veterans

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G.I. Jobs magazine has named four Class I freight railroads among the 10 “most military friendly” employers, selecting Union Pacific as No. 1 among the top employers of military personnel, followed by CSX, BNSF, and Norfolk Southern.

“The nation’s freight railroads maintain a strong commitment to the men and women who serve our country,” said Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, in a Veterans Day message. “We’re proud tha twe can provide steady, good-paying jobs to America’s veterans. It’s a win-win. Veterans are highly skilled and possess maturity, discipline, and a strong work ethic.”

Hamberger said G.I. Jobs took note of the fact that while Union Pacific slowed its overall hiring over the past year due to the weak economy, the company still developed a new military task team to spearhead its military recruiting efforts.

Onein five CSX employees has served in the military. Currently, more than 100 BNSF employees are serving on active duty and more than 1,000 have been called to active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Norfolk Southern actively recruits potential hires with military backgrounds and in 2009, military veterans comprised 10.1% of new hires.