BNSF cuts 55 positions at Montana’s Glendive locomotive shop

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GLENDIVE, Mont. — BNSF Railway is letting go of 55 workers at it Glendive diesel shop in Montana due to slumps in coal and oil traffic, the Billings Gazette reports. The workforce reduction will eliminate nearly half of the railroad’s workers at Glendive.

The cutbacks affect railcar mechanics and other laborers who tend to locomotives and rail equipment at the Montana facility. Approximately 60 jobs will remain at the diesel shop.

According to the newspaper, which cites Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison, many of the rail workers were hired during the Bakken oil boom that peaked in 2012 and now that crude oil shipments have declined, there is no need for as many workers at the facility.

The newspaper cites a BNSF spokesman representative saying the railroad is working with affected railroaders to offer them positions at vacancies in other areas.

Glendive is located on the original Northern Pacific main line in eastern Montana.

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