Union Pacific Railroad has reached agreements with three more of its unions on relocation and severance payments connected with closing the Omaha shops, a spokesman said.
The agreements call for relocating 567 workers in seven unions - 25 workers would be transferred to Utah, spokesman Tom LaHood said Friday. Another 120 workers are being offered severance payments to leave the company, and about 45 will work at the shops on special projects through 1989.The railroad is negotiating with the Transportation Communications Workers, which represents 68 clerks. Another 10 clerks have left the company or are on medical leave, LaHood said.
That accounts for the 810 employees who were at the shops when the Union Pacific announced last June that it would close the facility, shifting the work to more modern repair shops in North Little Rock, Ark., and elsewhere.
Of the 567 jobs to be relocated, 343 will go to North Little Rock; 21 to North Platte; 25 to Salt Lake City; 71 to DeSoto, Mo.; 88 to Pocatello, Idaho; 13 to Palestine, Texas; and six to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Unions reaching agreements most recently are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers with 98 employees; the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 189 employees; and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, 33 employees.
Members of the machinists and boilermakers are taking buyouts instead of transfers and will receive lump-sum payments of up to $40,000 each.
LaHood said the railroad has no immediate plans for the 235-acre site occupied by the shops but will work with local government and private industry officials on developing other uses for the land and buildings.