Wyden, Merkley decry Union Pacific layoffs in Hermiston

Oregonian - 05-22


Oregon’s two U.S. senators sent a sternly worded letter to Union Pacific on Wednesday, decrying nearly 200 layoffs at the railroad’s facilities near Hermiston. “We are deeply concerned about rural Oregon economies and your company’s actions as it appears to risk destabilizing already fragile communities,” senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley wrote. “While the company has substantial resources to reinvest and modify operations over time, many of these workers and their families are not so fortunate.”