Oregon senators respond to Hinkle closure

East Oregonian - 05-22


Oregon’s two senators in Congress are pushing Union Pacific Railroad for more answers in the wake of cutting almost 200 jobs from the Hinkle Rail Yard in Hermiston. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, expressed their concerns about the job cuts in a page-and-half letter Wednesday to Lance M. Fritz, chairman, president and CEO of Union Pacific Corporation. The decisions to reduce jobs at Hinkle Yard, close the supply warehouse and the mechanical locomotive shop, the senators stated, “will devastate this rural community by hamstringing the economic opportunities and stability of the entire region.”