OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by Dec. 8, the railroad has announced.
In a brief notification on its website, the railroad says it is taking the action to comply with an executive order requiring vaccination for employees of federal contractors, noting UP’s status “as a federal contractor who ships goods supporting our nation’s armed services.”
Employees will be required to report their vaccination status or have an “approved medical or religious accommodation” by the deadline.
WOWT-TV reports the railroad is offering a vacation incentive to managers, while union employees will be offered incentive pay.
The railroad has about 31,000 employees but has no current information on vaccination rates among its workers.