CSX closes Russell Locomotive Shop, eliminating 113 jobs

April 6, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

RUSSELL, Ky. — CSX announced Friday morning to employees in Russell, Kentucky, that the company will be closing the Russell Locomotive Shop and eliminating 113 positions.

“As a result of the locomotive shop closure, 113 positions are being eliminated, and impacted employees were sent home after the announcement,” according to an email from a CSX spokesperson. “Furloughed union employees will be covered by the terms of their collective bargaining agreements and will receive at least 60 days of regular pay and benefits.”

CSX issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice in conjunction with the shop closure.

“The decision to close the Russell Locomotive Shop was made after a thorough review of operations,” the email said. “Over the past three years, the volume of work performed at the Russell Locomotive Shop has declined substantially, through no fault of the employees who work there. CSX is grateful for the contributions of its many employees and has offered to work with labor officials to minimize the effects of this closure on employees and their families.”

The spokesperson added that the Russell Terminal will remain open and all other transportation operations will continue.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.