Norfolk Southern Employees Furloughed Right Before Christmas Holiday

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Chattanooga, TN – Norfolk Southern has decided to furlough another group of employees in Chattanooga right before the Christmas holiday.

Company spokesperson Jeff DeGraff declined to say how many employees will be affected, saying the furloughs are “needed to align our operations with the current economy,” and that they are spread across multiple locations (including Chattanooga).

Furloughed employees have been informed that they have the opportunity to apply for other positions within Norfolk Southern.

Furloughed individuals from Chattanooga that declined to go on camera did express disappointment about being asked to leave their jobs right before the Christmas holiday.

These are employees that has been working all through the pandemic.

“We appreciate the hard work and commitment of all of the men and women on our team which makes this particularly difficult.”, Jeff DeGraff said.

“We’re looking for efficiencies within our operations so that we can provide the best customer service possible to our customers and maximize our resources.”

This recent move to furlough employees has precedent from 2019 when Norfolk Southern furloughed 58 employees due to decreased demand in locomotive maintenance and repair.

October third quarter profit for Norfolk Southern shows a drop to $569 million.

The number was at $657 million in 2019.

“We know furloughs are always hard for impacted employees and even harder around the holidays.”, said DeGraff.

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