Railroad Jobs to Be Cut by Santa Fe Pacific Corp
CHICAGO - Santa Fe Pacific Corp. plans to reduce employment on its railroad by 2,700 jobs over five years, officials of the company say.
The reductions would take place through job buyouts, attrition and possible layoffs, and would affect both union and white-collar workers, said Robert Gerht, spokesman for Chicago-based Santa Fe.
The cuts would likely affect Santa Fe Railway across its 11,500-mile system, officials said.
It is not known if any of these cuts will affect the estimated 400 Oklahoma City employees.
"We can't know at this time how many employees will elect to take the buy-out or how many will quit during that time," said Dalton Stewart, manager of the regional office in Moore. "In some ways it may affect employees here and in some way it won't."
Most of the train crews who pass through central Oklahoma live in either Gainsville, Texas, or Arkansas City, Kans., he said, so a reduction of crews will have little affect on the Oklahoma City area.
There is no specific timetable for the cuts, which would reduce employment with the railroad from the current 18,000 to about 15,300, according to the company.
"Some buyouts will be voluntary and some won't," Gerht said. "This is part of an overall plan to make the railroad more efficient and competitive."
In a statement issued Tuesday, Santa Fe Pacific Corp., parent company of the railroad, said it lost $209.4 million, or $1.33 a share, in the fourth quarter because of a charge taken to establish reserves for covering costs of the workforce reduction and other railway restructurings. …