Via Rail cutting about 1,000 jobs amid struggles over COVID-19 pandemic

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Via Rail is temporarily laying off approximately 1,000 unionized workers, citing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the travel industry. “Unfortunately, as we don’t anticipate ridership to be back to pre-COVID-19 levels in the foreseeable future, we have had to make difficult decisions to deal with the situation as we gain a better understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on our operations,” CEO Cynthia Garneau said in a statement Wednesday.