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BNSF Furloughs Reach 4,600 Workers as U.S. Rail Cargo Declines

BNSF Railway Co., the carrier owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has 4,600 workers on furlough in response to declining cargo traffic.

The railroad began accelerating a reduction in its workforce toward the end of last year, said Mike Trevino, a BNSF spokesman. It was the first time this year that the company said how many employees were on furlough. Trevino couldn’t provide precise timing on when the pace of furloughs picked up. BNSF had 44,000 workers at the end of 2015.