Norfolk Southern eliminates 140 Roanoke rail yard positions - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Norfolk Southern announces elimination of 140 Roanoke rail yard positions

Norfolk Southern announced plans to layoff 140 from its Roanoke Terminal hump yard.

In a news release, the company said its volume of traffic at the yard has decreased by 30 percent since 2006.

Most of the workers laid off inspect and repair railcars, according to the press release.

A spokesman for Norfolk Southern tells WSLS the company does plan to hire around 1,000 people this year, and will offer those positions first to those affected by this situation and furloughed employees.

WSLS did speak with union groups involved, they did not want to comment at this time.

Norfolk Southern employs 1,870 in the Roanoke area, the news release said.

 

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