CSX Transportation Inc., the railroad operation arm of CSX Corp., announced today that it will transfer the last remaining 350 headquarters jobs from Baltimore to Jacksonville, Fla.
The move will leave the city without a major railroad headquar
ters for the first time in 163 years.
However, many operations that support the railroad will continue to be based in Baltimore, according to Donna Rohrer, a spokeswoman for CSX Transportation.
The action is part of CSX's effort to be competitive in the 1990s, Rohrer said. This includes being more efficient and reducing its payroll,she said.
The transfer is coupled with a voluntary separation program in which CSX Transportation will eliminate 325 non-union positions throughout its system. This amounts to about 8 percent of the more than 4,000 non-union workers.
The company is offering severance packages ranging from three months of pay and benefits for those with less than three years of service to one year of pay and benefits for workers who have worked at the company for 15 years or more.
Rohrer said all of the Baltimore workers who are slated to be transferred are being offered the severance package.
After the transfer is completed in the middle of the year, there will be more than 1,000 CSX employees in Baltimore and over 3,000 in all of Maryland.
CSX Intermodal container operation is still based in Hunt Valley.