TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Employees at BNSF Railway in Topeka were told Friday that 104 of them would lose their jobs the first week in November.
A statement from BNSF read:
Due to lower freight volumes and a significant reduction in locomotives and railcars required on our network, BNSF Railway has made the difficult decision to reduce 104 positions at our Topeka Locomotive Shop. The reduction in force will take effect on Nov. 6. We understand the significant impact this has on our employees, their families and the local community. We value our people, and these decisions are not made lightly. We are working diligently to connect impacted employees with available resources and they will be offered the opportunity to apply for a transfer to open positions across our network.Amy Cass, Senior External Communications Director
Earlier this year, 28 employees were laid off.
In May of 2020, eight electricians were laid off to offset the decrease in locomotive support requirements, according to the spokesperson.
Included in the layoff are:
- 10 pipe fitters
- 32 electricians
- 14 carmen
- 14 boiler makers
- 15 laborers
- 22 machinists