Norfolk Southern lays off approximately 100 workers

Local state representative upset

update: Norfolk Southern lays off approximately 100 workers

Norfolk Southern today announced the layoff of approximately 100 employees at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona.

The company said the furloughed employees will have the opportunity to apply for positions elsewhere at Norfolk Southern.

The Mirror is working on an article for Wednesday’s paper.

7:03 a.m.: Norfolk Southern planning another layoff

Norfolk Southern is planning a second layoff in the last four months at its Juniata Locomotive shops.

Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) confirmed early this morning that he’s been informed that company officials are meeting with workers today, and he said the layoff “will be worse than the last time” when about 50 were laid off in May.

Schmitt is extremely upset, saying Norfolk Southern officials indicated no such thing at a meeting in Altoona last week at a hearing of the State House Transportation Committee.

“I feel they misled us,” he said. “They were just here and never mentioned it. And they knew.”

Norfolk Southern employs about 750 workers in Altoona.

The Mirror is working on a story and will provide more details when they become available.