Monday, February 13, 2017

Alaska Railroad cuts 49 jobs as weaker freight leads to restructuring

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Alaska Railroad is cutting 49 jobs as part of a major restructuring.


The state-owned carrier had kept 18 positions unfilled in anticipation of the job cuts, so the layoffs will affect 31 current employees, according to published reports.

A decline in oilfield activity has hit the railroad’s freight tonnage, which is down 44% since 2008.

A total of 52 jobs were eliminated this past June.

The reorganization represents an 8% reduction in the year-round workforce, currently at 609.

The railroad has cut 300 year-round positions since 2008.

ARRC Reorganization Press Release 3

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