NS Cuts 95 Electricians at Juniata Shop

Norfolk Southern this week laid off 95 employees in its Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Dan Dorsch, president and local chairman of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, told an Altoona TV station that all of the laid off workers are electricians.

The layoffs are the latest in what has been a series of job cuts imposed by NS in the Altoona area and at other shops on its system.

In a statement, NS said the latest layoffs in Altoona are part of an “organizational realignment announced earlier this year.”

The statement noted that NS is using fewer locomotives and hence it has less demand for its locomotive maintenance and repair workforce.

“Norfolk Southern will continue to evaluate staffing needs as our business evolves,” the statement said.

NS said furloughed employees may have the opportunity to apply for positions, as available, elsewhere on its system.

Previous layoffs in Altoona involved 100 workers in early September and 50 last May.

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