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86 Lose Jobs at NS Altoona Locomotive Shop

July 13, 2021

Eight-six workers were furloughed last week at Norfolk Southern’s Juaniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

A news report indicated that another 14 positions were eliminated through attrition.

The workers were informed of the layoffs when they reported to work and were prohibited from entering the shop complex. The furloughs reported affected 32 electricians, 31 machinists, as well as those in other trades.

NS issued a statement saying the furloughs were part of a long-term business plan. However, union officials and a local state representative lambasted the job cuts.

“It’s all corporate greed,” said Stege Plazek, the local president of the Transport Workers Union, who was among those laid off. “They continue to slash manpower to fill their pockets.

”State Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Altoona) said railroad managers were unwilling “to cut half a penny off their record-setting dividends to keep my people employed.”

The shop will continue to employ 400 workers.

NS Furloughs Shop Workers in Altoona

January 11, 2021

Seventeen mechanical workers at Norfolk Southern’s Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, have been furloughed.

This included 10 carmen, six boilermakers, and one laborer.

Earlier news reports had indicated that NS planned to furlough mechanical workers at multiple locations in the NS system.

At the time NS described the job cuts as being made “to align our operations with the current economy.”

NS has not said how many workers it planned to furlough or give the locations where job cuts were being planned.