"Membership in FFEG is limited to active employees who are management level or above at Union Pacific. For more information on designating the Friends to Friends Network to benefit from your FFEG Matching Gift,"
"Management level or above" equals management level or executive level. Thank you very much. And ole retired railroader here. Been out over 13 years. Just love it. But I still get home sick a little. You know, missing all those all night messes, etc.
Not sure who your manager is, but he/she is not evaluated on how many people in their group contribute. They are probably uninformed about how the program works. My advice: just don't contribute and wait until your boss has the nuts to approach you about why you didn't. My guess is you'll never hear about it again.
Also, I can say that most of the people I work with do not contribute.