First Look: UP’s ‘We are ONE’ Locomotive

The Class I railroad’s Corporate Communications department came up with the scheme for the commemorative locomotive—named for the year UP’s first ERG, the Black Employee Network (BEN), was established—and the Jenks Locomotive Shop in North Little Rock, Ark., prepared, painted and added decals to it.

Each ERG is represented along the sides:
• Asian Employee Resource Organization (AERO)
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Network (BRIDGES)
• Council of Native American Heritage (CONAH)
• Educate. Advance. Support. Encourage. (EASE)
• A Women’s Initiative: Lead. Educate. Achieve. Develop. (LEAD)
• Latino Employee Network (LEN)
• Connecting Employees. Uniting Communities. Emerging Professionals. (UP TIES)
• Veterans and Employees Continuing to Serve (UP VETS).

UP leadership and a BEN field chapter will officially unveil the locomotive in Houston, Tex., in honor of Juneteenth (June 19)—the holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 and that originated in Galveston, Tex.—before it travels this fall to the ONE ERG Conference in Omaha (Sept. 1-2).

“Juneteenth is a day of reflection to appreciate, acknowledge and honor the experience of others who came before us,” said Amy Bang, UP’s Senior Manager-Diversity and Inclusion, Workforce Resources. “Owning our past is a reminder that our work to reach equity is not done. We should use the holiday as an opportunity to come together, celebrating our shared humanity and community.”

For more on UP’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, read Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz’s article, reposted on Railway Age from the Inside Track area of the UP website.

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