Posts Tagged ‘NS layoffs’

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 Has Furloughed Dozens in Bellevue

December 4, 2020

The closing of hump yard operations by Norfolk Southern at its Moorman Yard in Bellevue has also resulted in layoffs for dozens of workers in recent months.

Dave Sabo, Bellevue’s economic development director, said he’s been told NS furloughed 22 electricians, 27 machinists and 22 laborers, leaving 10 machinists employed at the yard.

“If that was the case, we feel for those who lost their job or have been laid off indefinitely,” Sabo said.

The Sandusky Register reported that NS would not confirm how many workers in Bellevue had been laid off, but did say there have been staffing changes made there.

Hump operations in Bellevue were suspended in June as a result of the railroad’s shift to the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

PSR favors block swapping over the use of classification yards. Moorman Yard continues to be open as a flat switching facility.

NS at one time employed 700 workers in Bellevue.

NS spokesman Jeff DeGraff told the Register that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated plans to close the hump because of the lower car volumes.

NS Furlough Workers in Altoona, Roanoke

September 4, 2019

Norfolk Southern has furloughed at least 230 workers at shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Roanoke, Virgnia.

News reports indicate that 100 workers were furloughed in Altoona while 130 received furlough notices in Roanoke.

NS confirmed the job cuts in a statement sent to news media in both cities.

The media reports indicated NS had reduced its workforce in both cities in Altoona in May and in Roanoke in April.