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MASON CITY, Iowa - MASON CITY, Iowa - The overpass on 12th Street Northwest in Mason City is a very busy, and now it's the backdrop for some Union Pacific employees' sleep.
There are cars, trains and construction, so it's not exactly a good place to get a good night's rest.
And some train employees in the area tell KIMT they are experiencing that first hand.
“Sleeping in your vehicle is not like sleeping in your own bed, work all night then you sleep during the day its hard to sleep during the day to begin with let alone sleeping in your vehicle with a lot of background noise,” said a Union Pacific worker.
The person we interviewed did not want to show his face, but says he works for Union Pacific and says he's been attending mandatory training in the Mason City area for several weeks now.
Instead of renting an apartment or hotel room, he's been sleeping in his vehicle, under the 12th Street bridge, and he's not the only one.
Some Union Pacific workers feel they can't afford anything more while doing their training, so they're making these alternate arrangements.
“We're at a base rate now, we're not making the full amount so gas here, mortgage at home, got kids, other things that have to be paid for versus that,” said a Union Pacific worker.
Mark Davis is a Spokesman for Union Pacific, and says it's an individual choice when it comes to where the employees stay during their training.
“Employees that will go to another location to work during their training time because of their union negotiated agreement with the railroad, they are not reimburse for temporary living expenses,” said Davis.
He says a new facility built in Mason City for Union Pacific workers has showers, a lounge, and other amenities, but not beds.
However Davis makes it clear, while the company is concerned about the health and safety of their workers, it's their choice when it comes to where they sleep.
“Typically employees will if there is three or four of them together they will rent an apartment and live out of the apartment while everyone is training, so in this case its their choice that they are staying in their vehicles,” said Davis.
But workers we spoke with say they don’t see paying for a place to stay as an option with the budget they’re on.
“Frustrating, not fun,” said a Union Pacific worker.
We also reached out to the union that represents the UP workers for their take on the situation, they have not responded yet.
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