Workers Wonder if Lost Roanoke’s FreightCar Jobs Will Roll to Mexico

“Seriously, what else would you call closing an American facility and opening one in Mexico six months later?” wrote Fred Owens, a third-generation worker at FreightCar America Roanoke and President of the TCU-IAM Carmen Division Local 6016. “And why else were we certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) by the Department of Labor, which only applies to “workers adversely affected by foreign trade”? We could say that means our jobs are going to Mexico.”

Owen’s op-ed in the Roanoke Times came on the heels of FreightCar America recently announcing intent to cut 200 jobs as it shutters its Roanoke train car assembly facility.