ROANOKE, Va. – According to Robin Chapman, a spokesperson for Norfolk Southern (NS), 170 furloughed NS employees are headed back to work.
Of those hired back, 60 were hired back permanently to train services and 70 were transferred to temporary positions that are guaranteed until December 2013.
Of the 170 originally laid off, 42 are heading back to work permanently at their original place of work at the Roanoke locomotive facility. Thirty who were employed within the mechanical department were hired back as communication and signal workers. The other twelve positions hired back at the facility were newly created, says Chapman. Chapman credited the hire-backs to a surge in business and high traffic.