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US Freight Railroads to Cut Services as Union Talks Fail, Report Says

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US freight railroads will reduce their services starting Monday after two of the country’s largest rail unions failed to agree on a new contract this week, the Journal of Commerce reported.

The railroads began notifying customers about the service cuts, which are taking place ahead of a possible strike on Sept. 17, the publication said, citing a customer advisory from Norfolk Southern Corp. The Association of American Railroads confirmed in a statement Friday that six Class I freight railroads will begin to take steps to “manage and secure” shipments of some hazardous or sensitive materials from Monday.