Derailed: Union Pacific eliminates majority of remaining jobs at Hinkle

Hermiston Herald - 05-21

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The railroad looms large in Hermiston's past, but it will likely play a much smaller role in the city's future. Union Pacific Railroad filed notice with the state on Tuesday that it will lay off up to 195 employees at the Hinkle Rail Yard in Hermiston and close the yard's supply warehouse and mechanical shop. It stated the 195 layoffs would be completed by July 19 and are expected to be permanent. The bulk layoff is an escalation of the scores of layoffs that have happened incrementally at the rail yard since October 2018.