More Norfolk Southern Layoffs
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Norfolk Southern has laid off more employees from its Juniata shop in Altoona. According to the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, 95 skilled-workers were laid off. Blair County CareerLink officials say at least 20 of those employees were electrical workers. This comes after two previous mass layoffs earlier this year in May and again in September. Officials say they are working with the state's rapid response team to assist employees with finding new work. Norfolk Southern released the following statement Today, Norfolk Southern's Mechanical Department announced furloughs for 95 employees at its Juniata Locomotive Shop. These furloughs are part of the railroad's organizational realignment announced earlier this year. Consistent with our strategic plan and current business levels, our ability to streamline operations and use fewer locomotives has required the difficult but necessary decision to reduce our locomotive mechanical forces due to the decreased demand for locomotive maintenance and repair. Norfolk Southern will continue to evaluate staffing needs as our business evolves. Furloughed employees may have the opportunity to apply for positions, as available, elsewhere on the NS system. Norfolk Southern is proud of its long history of providing good jobs, with competitive wages and benefits, to our workforce in Pennsylvania and across our system. In today's rapidly changing environment, Norfolk Southern continues to focus on ensuring that we have the optimal number of people and assets at every location across our system in order to operate safely and efficiently. As we execute our new strategic plan, we expect that targeted hiring and furloughing will remain components of our operating model.