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BRS issues short strike against NS to protest outsourcing concerns


Yesterday morning, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)-represented workers at Norfolk Southern Corp. walked off the job at 20 sites for about an hour.

BRS officials claim NS is outsourcing signal work to outside contractors on a line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. The union issued the strike because negotiations to resolve the dispute have been fruitless, BRS officials said in a prepared statement. However, NS officials said they’re still negotiating with union leaders over outsourcing concerns.

A U.S. district court in Roanoke, Va., issued a temporary restraining order — halting the short strike — and scheduled a hearing for June 24 to address the dispute.

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