Trial date set for UP steam shop case

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Union Pacific and a former employee are set to go to trial in Sept. 2016 over alleged work conditions in the railroad's Cheyenne steam shops.

Former employee Henry Krening filed a lawsuit in November 2013 against Union Pacific and claimed that he suffered injuries while working in the well-known heritage steam program as a "foreman general 1." As part of the court filings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, Krening claims that he was "in constant fear of being fired, unnecessarily reprimanded, belittled, forced to investigate his friends, sign untruthful or incomplete statements, and otherwise endure the dangerous and hostile work environment caused by Dickens."

"Dickens" refers to Ed Dickens, UP's senior manager of heritage operations, the man credited with starting the restoration of UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014.

The filing says Krening suffers from type II diabetes, hyponytremia (a condition of low-sodium in the blood), high stress, depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety as a result of the work environment Krening says he experienced at the steam shops between 2010 and 2013. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle says Krening seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Union Pacific as compensation.

In June, a Federal judge dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Union Pacific. That suit was filed by a different former steam shop employee who claimed wrongdoing by Dickens.

The trial date is set for Sept. 19, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne.


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