U.S. Department of Labor initiative HIRE Vets Medallion Program has named Union Pacific (UP) a 2019 Gold Medallion recipient for its support of military veterans. It applauded many of UP’s programs, including its UP VETS employee resource group which aims to connect service members and provide camaraderie and mentorship.
More than 17% of UP employees have military experience, with some still active in the National Guard or Reserves. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program recognized UP’s Operations Management Training program and benefits, such as tuition reimbursement. It also highlighted the company’s military recruiting team and several military organization partnerships. In the last five years, 24% of new hires were veterans.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award recognizing a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development. UP was honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“Veterans are an important part of Union Pacific’s workforce and we are proud to support their transition to civilian life, helping them develop successful careers,” said Josh Perkes, Assistant Vice President, Talent Management, Workforce Resources. “We appreciate the values and qualities of our military workforce and are honored to be named a HIRE Vets Gold Medallion recipient.”