Overwhelmed by freight loads, railroads offer hefty hiring incentives to fill jobs

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Orginally published on 6/22/18, 2018 by the Chicago Tribune

As Americans go on a shopping bender, railroad operators carrying train loads of consumer purchases are adding thousands of jobs, and some are offering hefty hiring incentives to draw applicants.

Union Pacific is dangling $10,000 hiring bonuses for Chicago-area train conductors and engineers, and $15,000 for diesel technicians, while BNSF Railway has advertised a $20,000 incentive for a diesel technician job in the area. Norfolk Southern Railway also has ambitious hiring plans, though it is not offering hiring incentives.

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