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Norfolk Southern T&E workers get time off for medical care

Norfolk Southern Railway announced details of a new benefit offering train and engine (T&E) employees additional time off for medical appointments.

The change was negotiated under the most recent national agreement with the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which represent 7,500 craft railroaders at NS, the railroad announced on its website.

Under the arrangement, the employees will receive additional time off for up to three scheduled routine and preventative medical care visits. The benefit can be used for regular checkups, physicals, screenings and other services designed to prevent illnesses or a medical condition from developing.

Preventative dental, vision and hearing appointments are also included under the new benefit, NS officials said.

“This change will ensure that our T&E crews have the time off they need to proactively manage their health,” said NS Vice President of Transportation Floyd Hudson.