Agreements end threat of US railroad strike ahead of Friday’s deadline

Early this morning, rail carriers in the United States reached agreements with all of the US industry’s labour unions to avert a potential strike ahead of Friday’s deadline. We are moving immediately to resume normal operations and restore service that had been curtailed in anticipation of a potential strike.

In a statement from the Desk of Ed Elkins – EVP & Chief Marketing Officer Norfolk Southern, said: “Thank you for your patience and support through this challenging process. Many of you voiced your support for agreements based on the recommendations of President Joe Biden’s Presidential Emergency Board. Your efforts played an important role building momentum for the voluntary agreements.  

“Our goal from the beginning has been to provide our craft railroaders with pay and benefits that keep them among the highest compensated workers in the nation. We are pleased to have a path forward that accomplishes that goal and lets us get back to the work of running a customer-centric, operations-driven railroad.  

“Although the immediate threat of a service disruption is behind us for now, we understand that our service is still not at the level you expect. Building on our recent improvements in service remains the top priority of our entire organization.  

“Thank you again for your partnership and patience. Please contact your Marketing representative if you have questions or if there is anything we may do to assist you.”

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