The leadership of the new IAM Rail Division recently witnessed the skilled craftsmanship of IAM Local 1676 (District 19) members at the Norfolk Southern facility in Conway, PA.

Josh Hartford, IAM Special Assistant to the International President, joined District 19 General Chairs James Orwan and Jason Gibbs on a tour of the locomotive repair facility, talking to IAM members along the way.

“Our membership is closely watching the national freight negotiations,” said Hartford. “We have been, and will continue to, urge Norfolk Southern and every freight railroad to negotiate a fair agreement with our union coalition.”

The IAM, along with the Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM), has also worked to combat the negative effects of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), which has caused members at Local 1676 and elsewhere to work longer hours with less staff.

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