Posts Tagged 'layoffs'

February 23 – UK’s RBS to slice 20,000 – Some Republican governors don’t want stimulus funds – Employer must notify you about COBRA – Do you owe Microsoft money? No, they changes their minds – Russel Metals cuts 500 – Neiman Marcus dumps 450 – Z Gallerie sheds 350 – Micron deletes 2,000 more – Spansion zaps 3,000

Mike: I hope you all had a fine weekend. First off is the issue of some Republican governors refusing some stimulus funds: 

GOV. JINDAL: Well, it, it’s–no. The $100 million we turned down was temporary federal dollars that would require us to change our unemployment laws. That would’ve actually raised taxes on Louisiana businesses. We as a state would’ve been responsible for paying for those benefits after the federal money disappeared.

MR. GREGORY: All right, but the Democratic senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, says you’re wrong. This is how it was reported in The Times-Picayune Saturday: “Senator Landrieu disputed the governor’s interpretation and said the new unemployment benefits are designed to be temporary. `The bill is an emergency measure designed to provide extra help during these extraordinarily tough times,’ Landrieu said. `To characterize this provision as a “tax increase on Louisiana businesses” is inaccurate.’” Her point being, you could insert a sunset clause when this has to go away, but it would certainly be beneficial at a time when you’re in economic stress.

via – Jindal to Turn Down $100 Million in Stimulus Funds. And:

Riley may turn down part of stimulus meant to expand unemployment benefits – Breaking News from The Birmingham News –


The fact that some Republican governors want to refuse stimulus funds makes me shake my head. Jindal is turning down funding for unemployment benefits at a time when unemployment is spiking to levels not seen since 1982, yet he wants to cut taxes on capital gains, which doesn’t benefit the immediate needs of the unemployed.
The taxpayer has provided an $800 billion stimulus with about 1/3 of that being Republican demanded tax cuts. Now you have these delusional Republican governors saying they may not take SOME of the stimulus money. I guess they are trying to show that they think government is spending excessively, but is denying their citizens the benefits of reduced joblessness, improved infrastructure, increased unemployment benefits the best course of action? Why would these governors want to refuse direct state aid so state layoffs are minimized when jobs are needed most? Should states spend the stimulus funds indiscriminately and unwisely? No, they should be held accountable for spending and each dime should be tracked to make sure it is spent prudently. The Republicans have some useful ideas about taxes that can be reviewed and implemented as needed, but to say more tax cuts are the only way to stimulate the economy is foolish at best.
It’s disappointing that these same Republicans didn’t try to be fiscally responsible during the Republican reign of Bush and the ever increased federal and trade deficits. Even the usually lame MSM reported the disturbing increase of the federal debt under Republican rule:

- With no fanfare and little notice, the national debt has grown by more than $4 trillion during George W. Bush’s presidency.

It’s the biggest increase under any president in U.S history.

On the day President Bush took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The latest number from the Treasury Department shows the national debt now stands at more than $9.849 trillion. That’s a 71.9 percent increase on Mr. Bush’s watch.

via Bush Administration Adds $4 Trillion To National Debt – Couric & Co..


Mike again: During the Republican controlled congress Bush years, the federal deficit increased from $5 trillion to $10 trillion! Talk about being irresponsible. Now these same fools don’t want to give some help to their citizenry. I didn’t vote for Obama, so this isn’t a Democrat rant, it’s more shock that these clueless Republican governors think that refusing taxpayer money is a badge of honor. No, it’s more a badge of stupidity and it puts their citizenry at further risk of job loss. It’s more a stage show than a show of financial responsibility and they should be admonished for their irresponsible and foolish grandstanding.  
* The debate over that federal stimulus money being offered to cash-strapped states like Texas continued Saturday.

Friday President Obama said Texans might lose out if Governor Rick Perry does not accept that money.

But as the nation’s Governors meet in Washington this weekend – some — including Perry – said they might turn some of it down

While he has not outright rejected the stimulus money, Governor Rick Perry questioned whether the nearly $800 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy. 

It is the same concern Austin resident Vince Hazen has.

I’m on the principle side that we shouldn’t take the money. I don’t think we need it, and I don’t think that’s the job of the federal government,” said Hazen

via Governors and Austinites debate stimulus | News for Austin, Texas | | State News.


- John Stewart explains this Republican head fake better than most:


more about “John Sununu | The Daily Show | Comedy…“, posted with vodpod


Mike: At least this is a sign that the stimulus funds will have some level of oversight:

* WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists’ corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

Obama is set to name Earl Devaney as chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, an administration official said Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden also will be given a role coordinating oversight of stimulus spending.

via Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight - Yahoo! Finance.


Robert Ariail - Feb 22

Robert Ariail - Feb 22


Mike: There are some who understand the importance of the stimulus funds:

* Gov. Martin O’Malley announced yesterday that he has canceled plans to lay off 700 state workers and slash millions from local school budgets, saying federal stimulus funds have saved Maryland from some of the most painful belt-tightening decisions proposed in recent weeks.

Mike: Onto the news of the day……………..
- Larger layoff announcements and news you can use:




- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -


* SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has dropped an attempt to recoup some severance money from 25 recently fired workers it mistakenly overpaid.

The Redmond, Washington-based company, which announced a plan to cut up to 5,000 jobs in January, acknowledged on Sunday that it had tried to get the overpaid workers to return the extra money. But late on Monday, it reversed course.

via Microsoft drops payback demand on ex-workers | U.S. | Reuters .


* Microsoft is announcing on Sunday a job training effort aimed at giving technical skills to as many as 2 million Americans over the next three years.

The most significant part of the program, in which Microsoft is offering free certification and other technical training, is being done in a phased approach, starting with Washington state. The second component of “Elevate America,” available online immediately, is a Web site designed to help people with the basics such as creating a resume and send e-mail.

via Microsoft aims to ‘Elevate America’ | Microsoft – CNET News.


* An accounting error by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has reportedly led the world’s largest software maker to notify some laid off employees last week that they would need to give back part of their severance pay.

The company laid off 1,400 workers last month, the first of 5,000 jobs Microsoft has said it plans to cut over the next 18 months.

The error is believed to have overpaid some former employees and underpaid others. Those that were overpaid were sent letters requesting them to refund the company by sending a check or money order.

via Microsoft seeks refund from some laid off workers | Industries | Technology, Media & Telecommunications | Reuters .


- General Economic News -


* How do we get the subsidies for health-care coverage promised to unemployed workers in the economic stimulus package?

People across the country have been asking that question now that the package has been signed, sealed and delivered.

Although final details still are being hashed out, here’s what I learned from Kelly Traw, an executive at Mercer, a firm that advises companies on employee benefits:

Your former employer is responsible for notifying you of your eligibility for the COBRA subsidy included in the stimulus legislation.

via Companies to notify former workers of COBRA subsidy eligibility –


* Wichita’s health care providers say the usual end-of-the-year rush for appointments hasn’t let up.

They’re attributing the continued demand to people who’ve gotten layoff notices and are trying to get medical, vision and dental needs taken care of before they lose their benefits.

Physician Ed Hett, president of Preferred Medical Associates, said the increase in the request for appointments is similar to “the kind of thing we see toward the end of every year, when people have met their deductible and see a new one coming — they try to squeeze in more what I call elective visits” before a new deductible requirement begins.

via Layoffs spur doctor visits before benefits run out | Wichita Business – Kansas Business |



Jeff Stahler - Feb 22

Jeff Stahler - Feb 22


* Our primer can help you avoid pointless hours on hold and delays in getting the benefits you’re entitled to.

via Unemployment insurance: A guide – Los Angeles Times.


* “We’ve never had waiting lists like this, ever,” said Deborah Weaver, director of community education for Elkhart Community Schools.

David C. Harvey, president of ProLiteracy, a nonprofit literacy organization with 1,200 affiliates, said agencies that help people study for GEDs and other adult education classes are being deluged at a time when many are facing cuts in state funding and dwindling donations.

“This is quickly becoming a national crisis,” he said. “Our programs have gotten hit with less resources, but in turn they have a huge increase in demand for services that they can’t meet.”

via Demand for GED classes increase with job losses.


- Municipal News -


*Seven employees in the Canyon County Development Services department were laid off as a result of a dramatic decline in construction and development-related growth.

via Seven development employees laid off in Canyon County | Nampa, Caldwell | Idaho Statesman .


* BLACKSTONE — The town made an unexpected move to reduce operating costs last week by eliminating two top positions: director of public works and director of parks and recreation.

via Woonsocket Call – Two Blackstone department heads laid off.


* NORTH PROVIDENCE –– Mayor Charles A. Lombardi dismissed 20 town workers last night after their unions failed to meet a 7 p.m. deadline for accepting deep cuts in wages and benefits.

In all, 10 municipal workers and 10 public works employees lost their jobs. Lombardi also plans to lay off 30 firefighters following a Superior Court hearing tomorrow.

via N. Providence mayor lays off 20 unionized town workers | North Providence | | The Providence Journal .


* Goshen — Bracing for tough economic times, Orange-Ulster BOCES has decided to cut 40 jobs, 20 of them through layoffs as part of efforts to deliver the lowest cost increase in recent memory, officials of the educational service said.


- US and some Canada News -


micron* Micron Technology will lay off as many as 2,000 additional people as demand for DRAM products continues to decline.

Micron plans to phase out 200-millimeter wafer manufacturing operations at its Boise, Idaho, facility. That will initially result in layoffs of 500 employees, but as many as 2,000 people could lose their jobs by the end of Micron’s fiscal year, the company said.

via Micron to Lay off as Many as 2,000 in Boise – PC World.


micron1* Micron Technology Inc. (MU) will cut 2,000 jobs as it phases out 200- millimeter DRAM chip manufacturing operations in Boise, Idaho, by the end of its fiscal year in August.

These layoffs are in addition to a 15% reduction, affecting about 2,850 employees, announced last fall as the company stopped production of some NAND flash-memory chips, which are used to store data in iPods, digital cameras and other devices.

via Micron Tech To Cut 2,000 Jobs, Close Some Boise Operations.


spansion* Spansion Inc. said late Monday that it plans to cut its global workforce by roughly 3,000, making it the latest technology company to resort to job cuts in an attempt to grapple with the recession.


spansion1* SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Troubled flash memory maker Spansion Inc. said late Monday it will slash its global work force by 35 percent, affecting about 3,000 employees, mostly at manufacturing sites.

The move comes as Spansion, one of the world’s largest makers of flash memory chips used in digital cameras and other gadgets, is cutting costs amid a company-wide restructuring effort and exploring a possible sale.

via The Associated Press: Spansion cuts 3,000 employees, 35 pct of workforce.


window* CLARKSBURG – Eagle Glass in Clarksburg laid-off workers on Friday.

Company employees said they were not warned about the lay-offs. They were given pink slips after their work day ended on Friday. Representatives at Eagle said the lay-offs may be temporary. They were unable to confirm details or how many people lost their jobs. The company was just bought by the Switzerland based company EuropTec Group at the end of January.

via Eagle Glass Workers Laid-off – WBOY-TV –


* Murray’s Webasto Roof Systems Inc. plant will close permanently July 15; a victim of sagging national automobile industry.

Andreas Weller, the company’s vice president for business development, said Friday afternoon that the closure was unfortunate, but necessary given economic conditions that have hit the automotive industry hard.

via Murray Ledger & Times Your Home Town News Source.


* Also facing a $1.7 million reduction, the College of Education hasn’t been as lucky when it comes to layoffs, according to Dean Andy Horne.

“We’ve had a number of part-time faculty that we’ve had to let go because we can’t afford them,” Horne said in a phone interview Thursday. “The people currently employed full time are staying employed.”

via University implements large cutbacks – News.


* TORONTO: Nine employees were laid off at Fleishman-Hillard Canada, as part of staff cuts across North America.

via Fleishman-Hillard Canada cuts staff - PRWeek US.


* WILLIAMSBURG – Ninety-two full-time employees will be temporarily laid off at Williamsburg Manufacturing, a division of Magna International Inc.’s Cosma operating unit. Those layoffs will take effect March 2, 2009.

via Williamsburg Manufacturing Announces 92 Layoffs | KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Business News .


* Ninety-five people will lose their jobs as Macy’s closes its location at the Bellevue Center — 19 more than had been expected.

via Macy’s to cut 95 jobs in Bellevue - Nashville Business Journal: .


The Zenith National Insurance Corp. is shedding about 100 jobs, or 6 percent of its work force, but Chairman/CEO Stanley Zax said it should have little impact on the Sarasota operation.

via Business buzz: Zenith doubts layoffs will hurt Sarasota | | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.


christopher-banks* Christopher & Banks said it would axe 24 positions from its corporate headquarters as part of a broader cost-cutting initiative for 2010.

via Christopher & Banks cuts 24 jobs at HQ – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal: .


* A Red Oak, Iowa, window manufacturing company is closing today.

In a press release sent Sunday, the Chicago family that bought the former Traco plant last year cited the economy and labor strife in Chicago as reasons for shuttering the facility and eliminating 100 jobs.

via Metro/Region Section.


pacira* San Diego-based Pacira Pharmaceuticals, which raised $85 million in venture capital just three months ago, laid off about 40 employees last week.

via Pacira Cuts 40 Jobs After Setback in Clinical Trial of Painkilling Drug-Delivery Product | Xconomy.


z-gallerie* Z Gallerie Inc., a home decor retailer based in Gardena, Calif., is pulling out of Ohio and closing its store at Rookwood Commons in Norwood as it cuts its outlets by a third.

A company spokesman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Z Gallerie, founded in 1979 as a poster shop by three siblings, is closing 25 underperforming stores, consolidating its distribution network and laying off about 350 employees nationwide because of “deteriorating economic conditions.”

via Norwood among 25 Z Gallerie stores to close | Cincinnati Enquirer | Cincinnati.Com.


* In another sign of the deepening economic chill in Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts announced Monday that it will lay off 20 percent of its staff, or about 56 full-time and seven part-time positions.

via DIA announces 20-percent cut in staffing | | The Detroit News.


russel-metals1Russel Metals (RUS.TO) said on Monday that it plans to cut 500 jobs and reduce the salaries of its top staff by 10 percent as it braces for a steep decline in demand for steel products.

via UPDATE 1-Russel Metals to chop staff, cut executive pay | Markets | Markets News | Reuters .


First Tennessee Bank will cut 250 jobs in the next year, but it’s uncertain how many jobs in the Knoxville region will be eliminated.

via First Tennessee cutting 250 jobs : Business : Knoxville News Sentinel.


T3 is shrinking its staff once again because of the ailing economy.

This is the advertising agency’s third round of layoffs in the last six months. The agency, which is one of the largest independent agencies in the country, let staff go in October after losing longtime client Marriott. Last month, the agency made small staff cuts when clients scaled back their advertising spending.

via Ad agency T3 slims down again – Austin Business Journal: .


* Neiman Marcus Inc. said Monday that it will cut another 450 jobs this week and that salaried employees are taking a pay cut.

The layoffs are companywide “across all divisions and across all levels,” said Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate communications.

via Neiman Marcus lays off 450 more employees | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News .



- International News -


rbs1* Royal Bank of Scotland will embark this week on a radical plan to split itself in two as it cuts tens of thousands of staff across the globe and confirms the biggest annual loss in British corporate history.

The split, into elements to be retained and those to be sold, comes as Stephen Hester, the chief executive of RBS, and Eric Daniels, his counterpart at Lloyds Banking Group, go to the Treasury today to agree terms for their banks’ entry into the Government’s insurance scheme for toxic assets.

via Up to 20,000 jobs will go as RBS chief prepares to sell off unwanted assets – Times Online .


rbs2* The move is expected to result in the loss of about 20,000 jobs, more than half of which will be in the United Kingdom. Large parts of its investment banking business will be designated for sale or close down. Its Asian operations and retail operations across central and eastern Europe will be sold off, the Times reported.


* Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) – Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile-phone company, plans to cut hundreds of jobs in the U.K. to reduce costs and protect earnings amid the economic slowdown, two people with direct knowledge of the plan said.

via Worldwide.


* Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile-phone company, plans to cut hundreds of jobs in the U.K. to reduce costs amid the economic slowdown, Bloomberg reports, citing people with direct knowledge of the plan.

The company could announce the measures Tuesday. The jobs will be eliminated at Vodafone’s U.K. operations, said the people, without giving a precise number.

via Vodafone to Cut Hundreds of U.K. Jobs: Report | Telecom | Financial Articles & Investing News |


* CLOSE to 250 workers at a gearbox factory in southern NSW are likely to be made redundant following the company going into receivership.

via Gearbox company to cut jobs .


* Lagardere Active is to cut 250 jobs in Spain, Italy and the United States as part of “exceptional measures” to combat the economic crisis, chief executive Didier Quillot told Le Figaro newspaper.

via Lagardere Active to cut 250 jobs |


* Rio Tinto has sacked a further 18 workers at its northern Tasmanian smelter.

via Bell Bay jobs cut – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


* BHP Billiton said today it would reduce the number of employees at its Melbourne head office to about 350 from 600 previously.

via BHP to cut staff from Melbourne head office | The Australian.


* Trinity Mirror is cutting up to 70 journalists, almost a third of editorial staff, from its Glasgow-based Scottish newspapers, including the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, as part of a radical shakeup.

via Trinity Mirror to cut 70 jobs at Glasgow newspapers | Media | .


* Merging Brazilian banks Itaú (NYSE: ITU) and Unibanco (NYSE: UBB) plan 100 lay-offs in their investment banking and brokerage operations, they said in a statement.


- Hiring News -


* SEATTLE – How would you like to work just a few hundred feet from future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr?

The Seattle Mariners are hosting a job fair to fill about 150 positions at Safeco Field for the 2009 season.

via Safeco Field hiring for 2009 Mariners season | Sports | | Northwest News and Weather.


* Social-networking player Facebook has begun recruiting for 40 positions in its new operation, which opened its doors in central Dublin. The company has appointed ex-Google sales director Colm Long as head of the Dublin operation.

via Facebook’s European HQ is recruiting - Business.


Mike: More news as the day develops…………….



 Ed Stein - Feb 22

Ed Stein - Feb 22




February 21, 22 – Weekend Edition – Kaiser readies the ax – AK Steel to layoff another 1000? – GM/Chrysler need billions more to survive – Stimulus increases unemployment benefits – Irish take to the streets of Dublin

Mike: I hope you all are having a fine weekend so far. 

This weekend’s post will catch up on a few missed layoff announcements and give a review of some of this past week’s economic events. Maybe an outrage may find its way into the posting as well.
If you have any unemployment related subjects that you would like to discuss, please post them in the comments area or send me an note at and I’ll  make sure they are responded to. Also, send a note if you have any questions about the unemployment section of the stimulus bill or if you know of any pending layoff announcements that I may have missed. 

Thanks, Mike………
Mike: My thought of the day. Would it be more beneficial to you and your family to get an $13 a week or $7000 all at once? Read on for the details.……..
Mike: As the below story shows, it looks like the Irish are tired of banks getting billions in bailouts while the citizenry gets layoff notices and tougher times. In the US, banks are still being allowed to do as they please regardless of the antics of congress. Although Obama proposed limiting bank CEO salaries to $500,000, there are so many loopholes in the proposal that it is toothless in limiting compensation. It may not take much more bank and government ineptitude to push the American public to the streets to demand accountability and fairness. After all, it’s our money that fills the coffers of both banks and government, so we should take an active role in how that money is allotted. Right now that money is not going to where it is needed most, unless of course you think an extra $13 a week in your paycheck or $25 a week in your unemployment check is going to turn things around. I think of it this way ( just rough estimates); there are approximately 100,000,000 households in the US and if the government gave the people a $700 billion dollar bailout, like they did the banks, the government could send each household $7000. Now I don’t know about you, but having an extra $7000 in my pocket is going to help me much more than $13 a week.  I again urge us all to contact our congressional representatives (although they represent banks more effectively than the public at large) and demand accountability, transparency and justice in doling out your billions in bailout funds. Ask them why you are getting only $13 a week instead of $7000 up front.  Congressional contact info at  
Go Irish!
* * DUBLIN (Reuters) – Nearly 100,000 people marched through Dublin on Saturday to protest at government cutbacks in the face of a deepening recession and bailouts for the banks.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen is under pressure from Brussels and ratings agencies to squeeze a ballooning budget deficit, but plans to introduce a pension levy on public sector workers and freeze their pay has hammered his approval ratings and those of his party to record lows.

via Tens of thousands march against cutbacks in Ireland | International | Reuters .


Mike: The following links may be some news you can use:






- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -


* Microsoft released local and worldwide employment figures for January, showing that it brought hiring to a near-halt last month as it announced companywide layoffs for the first time.

Worldwide, Microsoft added 115 employees in January, bringing its global full-time work force to 95,943. That’s an increase of about one-tenth of a percent from Dec. 31.

via Microsoft Pri0 | Microsoft employment increased slightly in January; layoffs to be reflected in later figures | Seattle Times Newspaper Blog.


* The world’s largest software company is making a lot of boneheaded moves lately.

Big companies are going to make big mistakes from time to time. It’s inevitable. However, when a big company is making too many small mistakes, it makes one wonder.

Let’s go into just a few of my beefs with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) these days. Let me know if you agree.

via Dumb and Dumber Moves at Microsoft .


* The meandering Internet portal is rolling out Rich Ads in Search, a product to help advertisers get noticed before the lucrative search engine audience. The ads are called “rich” because we’re talking about rich media here. Sponsors will be able to insert graphical, interactive, and even video ads into Yahoo!’s query result pages.

Unfortunately, they’re not called “rich” because they will make Yahoo! shareholders rich.

via Try Again, Yahoo! .


- General Economic News -


Bigger and longer unemployment benefits. -

The stimulus bill also increases weekly unemployment benefits by $25 through 2009. The amount of your unemployment benefits continues to vary based on your previous income and your state, but everyone will receive an extra $25 per week. This increase is automatic — people who are receiving benefits won’t need to take any special steps to boost their benefits. But it may take a few weeks for the state unemployment offices to reprogram their software programs and add the extra money, says Rich Hobbie, executive director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Plus, people collecting unemployment benefits get a tax break. Unemployment benefits are usually subject to federal income tax. But people receiving unemployment benefits in 2009 will be able to exclude the first $2,400. Any benefits you receive beyond that in 2009 will be subject to federal income tax.

via How the stimulus helps laid-off workers - KHQ-TV-


* Our primer can help you avoid pointless hours on hold and delays in getting the benefits you’re entitled to.


* WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s task force on the auto industry met for the first time Friday to start reviewing requests from General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC for $7 billion in loans before the end of March and up to $21.6 billion over the next couple of years.


The White House said that the panel’s leaders — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers — “emphasized the urgency of the issues affecting the American auto industry and the need for fundamental restructuring.”

via Obama auto team gears up as GM shares hit low | | Detroit Free Press.




Ed Stein - Feb 21

Ed Stein - Feb 21


* While the tech industry has announced thousands of layoffs in recent months, as the global recession spread through Silicon Valley, some local companies are also starting to trim employee pay and benefits to reduce costs.

The moves, once considered unusual, are a way to “share the pain” that might save some jobs, according to executives and economists, although the cuts don’t sit well with some workers.

via Tech companies turning to pay cuts to lower costs – San Jose Mercury News .


- Municipal News -


* Eighty-two of Napa Valley Unified School District’s nearly 2,000 full-time employees won’t be returning for the 2009-10 school year.

via NVUSD to layoff 82 employees | Napa Valley Register.


Four people in the city-county Planning Department were told Thursday that their last day of work will be March 31.


- US and some Canada News -


* Kaiser will freeze the pay of top executives, hold staffing at 2008 levels, slash travel budgets by at least 25 percent, reduce the use of consultants and temporary employees, cut an unspecified number of jobs and hold capital spending to 2008 levels, giving priority to “projects needed to improve care, maintain our facilities, and position us for future growth.”

via Kaiser faces job cuts, pay freeze after $800M loss - Sacramento Business Journal: .


* AK Steel Corp. President and CEO Jim Wainscott painted a gloomy picture of the steel maker’s job prospects this year, in a Thursday interview with the Hamilton Journal-News.

Wainscott said about 1,000 of the company’s 6,500 workers have been laid off, and that number “will probably double before things get better,” according to the story.

via Wainscott: Layoffs may double at AK Steel – Dayton Business Journal: .


* * HNTB Corp. made job cuts on Thursday because of the weak economy.

That equates to about 240 employees. Prem confirmed that the layoffs included Kansas City-area employees, but did not disclose how many.

via HNTB makes job cuts – Kansas City Business Journal: .


* Stroh Die Casting, Wauwatosa, and Construction Forms Inc., Port Washington, notified the state Friday that it plans to conduct mass layoffs.

Stroh, 11123 W. Burleigh St., plans to lay off 60 workers, according to a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The layoffs, which will be permanent, are expected to occur by April 27.

Construction Forms plans to cut 68 jobs, or about 25 percent of its work force, at its facility. However, the company indicated that the number and timing of the layoffs would be determined by business conditions over the next two months.

via Stroh Die Casting, Construction Forms plan layoffs - The Business Journal of Milwaukee: .


* California electronics firm that announced layoffs at its Rapid City plant last month has now announced it will close the plant.

On Thursday morning, Sanmina-SCI told the 275 employees of its Rapid City facility that the plant, located at 222 Disk Drive, will close by the end of June. Some workers will remain until the plant closes while others will depart once jobs they were working on are finished.

via The Black Hills Pioneer & Rapid City Weekly News | |Sanmina-SCI to close RC factory in June; 275 jobs lost.


* Its blast furnaces cold since October, ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland facility could be at least three to six months away from producing steel again, the plant’s general manager said today.

A third of the plant’s salaried employees soon will receive temporary assignments at ArcelorMittal plants in other states, the company said. Separately, a union official said perhaps hundreds more hourly workers could be laid off within a month.

via ArcelorMittal Cleveland furnaces could remain down for six months or more - Business –


* KERNERSVILLE - Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. said today that it will shut down its Kernersville operations for two one-week periods during March.

The shutdown will affect primarily its 550 production employees, which represent about 85 percent of the company’s local work force.

via Deere-Hitachi plans short-term plant closing.


* Accuride Corp., a maker of commercial vehicle components based in Evansville, Ind,, plans to close a Cuyahoga Falls plant that makes aluminum wheels, eliminating 132 jobs.

via Crain’s Cleveland Business: Accuride Corp. to close Cuyahoga Falls plant, eliminating 132 jobs .


* Sixteen administrative staff were laid off at the University of Vermont on Friday and two varsity sports were eliminated to help balance the budget.

No faculty were laid off, but the administration says contracts will not be renewed for a number of lecturers next year.

via VPR News: UVM lays off 16, eliminates varsity baseball and softball.


* ELLENSBURG, Wash. The Daily Record newspaper is shutting down its press and laying off six people next month after reaching a deal to be printed by the Yakima Herald-Republic.

via Ellensburg ‘Daily Record’ Lays Off Staffers After Reaching Printing Deal .


* VANSCOY, Sask. — Roughly 300 workers at the potash mine in Vanscoy, Sask. are being laid off next month for four weeks because their employer is choked with product and running out of warehouse space.

via The Canadian Press: Agrium goes ahead with four-week layoff at Vanscoy potash mine.


Managers of the Fayetteville-based location contacted local police Friday morning to request extra patrols. The call was prompted by the impending layoff announcement, which affected both production and salaried employees.

Marshalltown President Joe Carter wouldn’t say how many workforce members were affected, but that the layoffs were permanent.

via :: Northwest Arkansas’ News Source.


* The British bank announced the shuttering of EquiFirst on Tuesday, citing “market conditions.” According to the filing, 275 employees will be let go on April 18, with the remaining 273 being laid off between April 20 and Dec. 31. After June 13, there will be 117 employees remaining at the unit.

via Filing: EquiFirst layoffs start April 18 |


* When Faegre & Benson — the law firm employing more Minnesota lawyers than any other — announced that it was letting 29 of those lawyers go, the message was clear: Nobody is untouchable in an environment that one lawyer called an “economic tsunami.” 

At about the same time, other local law firms cut staff and attorneys, including:  Merchant & Gould, which eliminated 33 jobs, including seven attorneys; Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, which cut five administrative positions, and Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, which cut about six jobs, including two lawyers.

via Finance and Commerce.


* Glendo Corp. President D.J. Glaser said the layoffs started in January and continued for a couple of weeks.

Glaser said a couple of the positions were part-time and a couple were full-time.

via Glendo announces layoffs |


* ProBuild, a lumber and hardware chain, said reports of 12 layoffs in Butte are inaccurate. However, due to company privacy, it refused to release the exact number of layoffs.

via Montana’s News Station – Fair. Accurate. To the Point. -Layoffs reported at ProBuild.


* NMS Lay-Offs Claim Approx. 5% of Staff

As you well know, news media isn’t the only industry feeling the economic burn. FBDC has confirmed that New Media Strategies; the company that employs/has employed heavy hitters and ex-media folk such as Howard Mortman, John Henke and Soren Dayton experienced a round of layoffs on Wednesday.

via NMS Lay-Offs Claim Approx. 5% of Staff – FishbowlDC.


* Loparex LLC has announced layoffs for more than 50 employees at the company’s 115,000 square-foot Cullman plant, according to a letter sent from Loparex to the City of Cullman which was recently obtained by The Times.

via, Cullman, Alabama – Loparex to cut 53 jobs.


DeVilbiss Healthcare is laying off 46 hourly employees as the company relocates manufacturing positions to China.

via DeVilbiss lays off 46.


* Salem Electric Co. said yesterday that it has temporarily laid off about 30 employees, or 10 percent of its local work force, since the first of the year.

via Salem Electric temporarily lays off about 30 workers.


* Facing a global economic downturn and a depressed forest products market, Millar Western announced layoffs and cuts in production affecting employees at two Whitecourt mills last week.

Effective Monday, the Whitecourt sawmill reduced a daily shift from three to two shifts resulting in temporary layoffs affecting 50 people. The Whitecourt pulp mill also reduced production resulting in the permanent termination of 16 positions.

via Millar Western announces cuts – Whitecourt Star – Alberta, CA .


* FAIRMONT – Philips Lighting announced Friday that it is closing its Fairmont plant.

The plant, which manufactures fluorescent light bulbs, will begin phasing out production at the end of the month.

Eighty-nine workers will lose their jobs.

via Philips Lighting Plant in Fairmont to Close - State Journal –


* LOWVILLE, N.Y. — Climax Manufacturing says it is cutting 17 hourly positions at its Lowville plant. By making these cuts, Climax hopes to restructure its business and attract investors.


- International News -


* Clifford Chance has accepted the voluntary redundancy of around 50 fee earners over and above the 80 lawyers facing compulsory redundancy.

While the formal redundancy process had only looked to cut 80 fee-earners, lawyers were invited at the same time to come forward to discuss voluntary redundancies if they were interested.

via Fifty take voluntary redundancy at Clifford Chance – 20 February 2009.


* A HAULAGE firm is set to close its Larkhall operations amid a bitter row over severance pay.

-Stobart Chilled in Strutherhill Industrial Estate will shut for good on Sunday with the loss of 95 jobs.

via Firm to pull out amid redundancy pay row – Hamilton Advertiser.


- Hiring News -


* One company ready to fill positions is Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest weapons maker. It has more than 2,300 openings in the region, most involving engineering and information technology.

The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $78.6 million contract Feb. 11 to produce hardware for the Aegis modernization and Aegis ballistic missile defense programs.

via The contrarians: Amid big layoffs, some still hiring - Washington Business Journal: .


* FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Rheem Manufacturing Co. may call back some laid off workers at its Fort Smith factory. Work is expected to increase after the shutdown of a Rheem plant in Georgia.

Rheem is cutting 800 permanent positions and 400 seasonal ones by closing its Milledgeville, Ga., factory for the rest of 2009.

The company has not determined how it will spread the work from the Georgia plant. Some production also will be shifted to a company plant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

via WXVT-TV Delta News – More Local News and Weather | Rheem may add jobs at Fort Smith.



Dilbert - Feb 20

Dilbert - Feb 20

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Mike: More news as the weekend continues…………


February 20 – Anglo American mining slashes 19,000 – Brazil’s Embraer cuts 4000 – Boeing give layoff notices to 1100 – US Steel exits 590 – Catalyst Paper cuts 525 – Jabil minus 300 – Cuomo continues to hunt executive bank robbers – Banks nickle and dime the unemployed

Mike: Good day to all. The job related economic reports were scarce today, but there were plenty of other unemployment news stories to keep this blogger occupied. Although there are more important stories to consider, the story below is one that shoots up my blood pressure number. We as taxpayers have given the corrupt, broken, bonus baby banks billions of dollars of bailout funds, yet they continue to scam the poor guy on the street. They may be scamming just nickles and dimes to make a buck ot two, but every nickle counts to the unemployed,  so it’s a slap in the face to those who need it most:


boa* First, Arthur Santa-Maria called Bank of America to ask how to check the balance of his new unemployment benefits debit card. The bank charged him 50 cents.

He chose not to complain. That would have cost another 50 cents.

So he took out some of the money and then decided to pull out the rest. But that made two withdrawals on the same day, and that was $1.50.

-For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even when they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying the bank just to get the money — or even to call customer service to complain about it.

via AP IMPACT: Jobless hit with bank fees on benefits - Yahoo! News.


Mike: The international job loss news is extensive this morning. While these are international announcements, they will certainly have an impact on the North American job market as well:

Larger layoff announcements:







Robert Ariail - Feb 20

Robert Ariail - Feb 20



- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -


msft3*F eb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.’s plan to eliminate U.S. workers after lobbying for more foreigner visas is stirring resentment among lawmakers and employees.

As many as 5,000 employees are being shown the door at Microsoft, which uses more H1-B guest-worker visas than any other U.S. company. S

via U.S..


- General Economic News -


Mike: At least there is some movement to find out just what the thieving bank titans knew about very timely paid bonuses. Cuomo is likely to dig up more dirt than many of us expect:

bank-of-america-ken-lewis* CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bank of America Chief Executive Ken Lewis has received a subpoena from the New York state attorney general’s office in connection with Merrill Lynch’s payment of employee bonuses before the companies combined Jan. 1.

Former Merrill CEO John Thain, who was subpoenaed last month, also was questioned by investigators on Thursday about the bonuses that were paid in late December, just days before Bank of America completed its purchase of New York-based Merrill, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The person requested anonymity because of the ongoing nature of the matter.

via BofA’s CEO Lewis subpoenaed by Cuomo - Yahoo! Finance.


Mike: This is one of the reasons why unemployment figures reported by the government are so skewed to the low end of the range:


* Start with this basic fact about the unemployment system: The money to pay jobless benefits is collected by taxing employers.

Thus, all the state and federal rules for collecting unemployment depend on a worker’s status as a former employee.

- Right off the top, that means that self-employed individuals, freelancers, and independent contract workers whose own income streams fail aren’t likely to be eligible for benefits.

And take a look at just this partial list of other workers who generally aren’t eligible to collect a dime:

Those who left a job voluntarily; those who were fired “for cause”; those who are getting workers’ compensation benefits; those who didn’t work enough hours or earn enough before they lost their jobs; those who worked part-time; those who attend classes during the day; those who aren’t able to work for a physical or mental reason; those who are collecting pensions or are considered retired; those who fail to report in to the unemployment office as required.

via Diane Stafford: Unemployment safety net has big holes | Dollars & Sense.


* LONDON (AP) — The euro zone economic downturn gathered pace in the early weeks of February, a closely watched survey revealed Friday, adding pressure on the European Central Bank to cut interest rates again in March.

The survey showed that the services and manufacturing sectors in the 16 nations that share the single currency saw business activity fall at a record rate during the month.

via Euro zone economic downturn gathers pace - Yahoo! Finance.



Mike Luckovich - Feb 20

Mike Luckovich - Feb 20



- Municipal News -


* Val Verde Unified School District trustees have approved eliminating 126 teaching positions and nine nonteaching positions in an attempt to balance its budget.

via Val Verde Unified plans to cut 126 teaching jobs | Inland News | | .


* Even teachers and educators can’t escape the current economic recession.

In anticipation of property tax shortfalls and flat enrollment next year, Millburn School District 24 announced earlier this month that it will cut 30 staff members, part-timers and teacher’s aides in June, including 11 non-tenured teachers, said District 24 Superintendent James Menzer.

via Millburn district plans to cut 30 jobs :: News Sun :: News.



Bill Schorr - Feb 20

Bill Schorr - Feb 20


* Peachtree City will be eliminating 23 landscaping and mowing positions as of March 6.

via PTC vote to cut 23 jobs unanimous | The Citizen Online.


* Franklin also told a subcommittee Thursday that about half of the 837 vacant jobs in the department are correctional officers, a fact that will require careful consideration when deciding on the 400 vacant posts that will be eliminated. The Division of Corrections is the largest agency in the department.

Sue Esty, assistant director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told lawmakers the state is down about 97 correctional officers in the first six months of the current fiscal year, compared to the year before. Esty said extending the current 8-hour shifts to 12 would put a huge demand on correctional officers, who have to be alert at all times.

via Md. public safety dept. to lose 400 vacant jobs –


* WASHINGTON TWP. Enrollment at Gloucester County’s largest school has been shrinking over the past few years, but the number of employees hasn’t. That’s why, school officials said Thursday, they plan to eliminate 25 positions from the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

via District plans to chop 25 jobs -



* WARREN (Feb 20): The state has proposed cutting the inmate population at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren in half and cutting about 20 jobs, according to Unit Manager Ray Felt.

via Warren - Prison farm faces budget cuts, loss of 20 jobs - Government – VillageSoup.


* CALDWELL – As the result of a dramatic decline in construction and development-related growth, Canyon County Commissioners announced the layoffs of seven employees in the county’s Development Services Department.

via Idaho Press-Tribune Commissioners announce 7 layoffs .


calif4* February 20 is a date that many city workers have probably looked toward with anxiety ever since Mayor Gavin Newsom first announced the 2008-09 midyear budget cuts. Tomorrow, 236 layoffs of city employees will take effect, signifying the first (but not the worst) of several waves of job cuts that will be dealt in an effort to remedy budget shortfalls for the current fiscal year and the 2009-10 fiscal year.

via Layoffs take effect tomorrow for 236 city employees - SFBG Politics Blog.


Ketchum lays off four, freezes salaries

via Times-News:, Twin Falls, ID.


* TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa-based aerospace manufacturing and repair company has laid off 60 more employees, raising its four-month layoff total to 271.



- US and some Canada News -


us-steel3* U-S Steel announced that it will lay off approximately 590 workers and idle two more of its five lines at its Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron.

That will leave only two active lines.

via Minntac To Layoff 590 Workers | Northland’s NewsCenter NBC 6, CBS 3, My 9, and Northland CW for Duluth MN / Superior WI | Local News .


boe*  SEATTLE — Boeing is handing out layoff notices to another 1,100 workers, with about 700 of those coming from the Puget Sound area.

The Friday notices tell workers their jobs will end April 24.

via 700 Boeing Workers Getting Layoff Notices - Money News Story – KIRO Seattle.


boe1*About 700 Boeing workers in the Puget Sound area are set to receive 60-day layoff notices Friday morning, the start of Boeing’s plan to reduce its commercial work force in the region by about 4,500 jobs this year.

They are among 1,100 employees who will get the notices Friday, the company said.

via Boeing issuing first 2009 layoff notices.


catalyst-paper* Catalyst Paper is shutting down its mills in Campbell River and Powell River, laying off more than 525 people at the two operations.

The company announced the Powell River restructuring in a news release Thursday, saying 127 jobs were being eliminated for an annual saving of $12 million a year.

via Catalyst Paper closures will mean 525 layoffs .


* More layoffs at U.S. Works-Granite City Steel will bring production to an almost complete standstill.

On Wednesday the company told workers and union officials it would temporarily stop production of coke at the facility in about three weeks, and lay off about 390 people. That includes about 320 members of United Steelworkers of America Local 50.

via Suburban Journals | Special Feature | NEW: Granite City Works to lay off more people .


la-jolla-pharmaceutica* LA JOLLA, Calif — Most of La Jolla Pharmaceutical’s 90 employees will be laid off in the wake of the failure of the company’s lead drug candidate for the treatment of lupus, it was announced Thursday.

via La Jolla Pharmaceutical To Lay Off 90 Workers – San Diego News Story – KGTV San Diego.


gm24* More than 200 skilled tradespeople with General Motors in Oshawa have been given temporary layoff notices — the last affected by the previously announced elimination of a shift, a company spokesperson says.

via CTV Toronto – GM lays off more than 200 workers in Oshawa – CTV News, Shows and Sports — Canadian Television.


* MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (AP) – PCI Industries is closing its plant in Wood County and moving production to its facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Mineral Wells plant will be shut down by Feb. 27 and about 30 workers will be laid off.

via The Columbus Dispatch : PCI to close W. Va plant, move production to Texas.


electrolux* WEBSTER CITY – More Electrolux workers will lose their jobs, at least temporarily, beginning Monday.

In a press release, company spokesman Tony Evans said 43 employees will be laid off. He said the layoffs are ”due to weakened industry demand in light of current economic conditions.”

via More jobs cut at W.C. plant – | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Info. – Messenger News.


herman-miller* ZEELAND — Herman Miller is shedding another layer of employees as it responds to changes in the market, the company announced today.

The move will impact 110 employees, the majority of which work in West Michigan. About half the job cuts will be permanent and the others will be layoffs. Most are from manufacturing.

via Herman Miller cutting 110 mostly West Michigan manufacturing jobs – West Michigan Business News –


* ALBANY — Newkirk Products Inc., a company that makes educational materials for 401(k) and medical plans, has cut 30 jobs — 10 percent of its local work force — in response to the ebb in demand for its services.

via Newkirk drops 30 jobs in Albany – Page 1 — Times Union – Albany NY.


belden-americas* Belden Americas Group in Richmond announced Thursday it is laying off 60 production employees, or about 13 percent of the work force at Belden’s manufacturing plant at 350 N.W. N St.

via Belden lays off 60 more | | Palladium-Item.


best-buy1* Update: ATLANTA (Reuters) – Best Buy Co Inc said on Thursday it plans to lay off 250 workers at its corporate headquarters in Minneapolis as it cuts costs in the recession.

via Best Buy to lay off 250 headquarters workers - News Wires –


ak-steel* CINCINNATI — More layoffs could be ahead for AK Steel Corp. employees.

In a one-on-one interview with The Journal following a speech at Xavier University, Jim Wainscott, AK chairman, president and CEO, said about 1,000 of the company’s 6,500 employees are currently on layoff and that number "will probably double before things get better."

via Wainscott: More layoffs at AK Steel.


nokia2* Nokia plans to cut half of its mobile advertising sales division, affecting up to 30 jobs, about a year after the handset maker launched its mobile ad network division at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

via Nokia to cut mobile ad sales jobs – FierceWireless.


corning3* Reacting to the downturn in the automotive industry, Corning Inc. plans to cut 61 hourly employees at its manufacturing plant in Christiansburg by March 31, a company official said Thursday.

via Corning cuts dozens of Christiansburg jobs –


* Silicon producer West Virginia Alloys in Alloy has apparently laid off 25 workers, according to company officials.

via The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia – West Virginia Alloys lays off 25 employees.


faro-technologies* Lake Mary-based Faro Technologies Inc. plans to cut dozens of jobs locally and elsewhere as a result of the impact of the economic recession, officials said today.

via Faro Technologies to cut 7% of its work force –


* A Hebron quartz manufacturing plant told state officials this week it has cut 74 workers in recent months after plans to place some employees on temporary leave were scotched by a worsening economy.

via Licking County quartz maker cuts 74 jobs - Triangle Business Journal: .


analog-devices* Analog Devices Inc will consolidate its two Massachusetts manufacturing facilities earlier than expected, trimming its US headcount by about 175 employees in the process.

via ADI consolidates fabs, expects to cut 175 jobs - 2/20/2009 – Electronic News.


hershey* A flag is flying at half-staff outside The Hershey Co. plant in Reading where production of York Peppermint Patties is ending.

After 23 years in Reading, the chocolate maker is closing the plant Friday and moving production to a new factory it has built in Monterey, Mexico. It will mean the loss of 300 jobs in the southeastern Pennsylvania city.

via Hershey closing Peppermint Patties plant in Pa. – BusinessWeek.


tenneco* Auto parts maker Tenneco Inc. has cut 82 jobs from its Hartwell, Ga., plant as U.S. automakers continue to struggle.

viTenneco eliminates 82 Georgia jobs - Atlanta Business Chronicle: .


wilson-trailer* A Sioux City based company has announced widespread layoffs. Wilson Trailer blames conditions due to the economic recession for the decision to let go dozens of workers in three states.     

 Effective immediately… 55 positions in Sioux City, 18 jobs in Yankton, South Dakota, and 15 positions in Moberly Missouri have been eliminated. Wilson Trailer specializes in the design, production, and distribution of livestock, grain, flatbed, and gooseneck trailers.

via KPTH FOX 44: Local News and Entertainment for Sioux City and Siouxland | Wilson Trailer Announces Layoffs.


* Two of Connecticut’s largest firms confirmed staff cutbacks in the face of a tightening economy, with the brunt falling on secretaries and other office staff workers.

At the Hartford offices of Day Pitney, co-managing partner James Sicilian confirmed that 66 staff members have been laid off Thursday firmwide, 31 of whom are in Connecticut. Day Pitney’s two main offices are in Hartford and Florham Park in northern New Jersey, with additional offices from Boston to Washington D.C.

via Layoffs Hit Conn. Law Firms .


wal-mart1* 5NEWS has received numerous phone calls and emails about layoffs today at the Wal-Mart ISD Department.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson tells us there are “changes” being made in that department, but those changes are part of the cuts announced last week. Wal-Mart said last week they will cut 700 to 800 jobs at their home office in Bentonville. The spokesperson says these cuts are not in addition to those cuts.

via Wal-Mart to make more cuts - KFSM.


* UNIPRES USA, Incorporated says it has never had to lay people off in the 20 years the company has been in Middle Tennessee. The parts supplier has announced plans to reduce their workforce by more than 30 percent.

via NewsChannel – Nashville, Tennessee – Portland Auto Parts Supplier Announces Layoffs.



* Someone is always listening. Especially on the train.

That’s the lesson for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, which said Thursday it will conduct layoffs after the legal blog Above the Law reported an anonymous tipster’s detailed description of a loud cell phone conversation in a public place between two senior managers regarding the reductions.

“We apologize for the unfortunate manner in which our deliberations about reductions have become public,” Pillsbury said in a statement issued Thursday morning. “It is an unfortunate fact in today’s economy that no business or law firm can rule out adjustments to their overall workforce levels. This includes Pillsbury, and among other cost-cutting measures, we will be implementing reductions to assure that our resources are aligned with our business needs.”

via Pillsbury Confirms Layoff Leak .


* FOREST — Like many businesses, Lackey Memorial Hospital is feeling the pain of a recession as officials said some employees were notified of layoffs Monday.

Donna Riser, hospital administrator, confirmed that meetings were held Monday morning and some employees’ positions were vacated.

via Scott County Times – Forest, Mississippi.


jabil* Florida-based electronics manufacturer Jabil is planning to close its Billerica plant and lay off about 300 workers there.

Jabil (NYSE: JBL) will begin the closure in May and finish up in October, according to reports.

via Jabil to close plant, cut 300 workers – Boston Business Journal: .


* Twenty-two more layoffs this week mean 79 employees have been laid off from Aberdeen’s Hub City Inc. this year.



rheem* Rheem Manufacturing Corp. announced today that it will close its Milledgeville plant by the end of this year and consolidate operations in Arkansas and Mexico.

The announcement comes just four days after the more than 650 workers who were laid off last fall reported back to work.

The Milledgeville factory will operate at “limited capacity as dictated by market demand,” and its approximately 800 permanent employees and 400 seasonal workers will be reduced “over the course of the year,” according to a company news release

via Rheem shifts plans, will shut down Milledgeville plant – Breaking News – Macon.


Duro Bag manufacturing in Jackson will lay off 17 people by the end of the month. Employees at the plant were told today of the layoffs, according to a news release.




- International News -


anglo-american* LONDON (AP) — Mining company Anglo American PLC said Friday it will cut 19,000 jobs this year and suspend dividend payments after reporting a 29 percent drop in 2008 profits.

The company said it hoped to cut the jobs — 10 percent of its managed work force — through layoffs, natural attrition and scaling back contractor arrangements.

via Anglo American cuts 19,000 jobs as profits fall – Yahoo! Finance.


anglo-american1* Mining giant Anglo American sent a shiver across the financial world this morning by announcing 19,000 job cuts and freezing its dividend.

The company has been badly hit by the plunge in the value of commodities, precious metals and diamonds as the global economy has slowed.

via Anglo American to cut 19,000 jobs and axe dividend | Business | .


embraer1* SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer said Thursday it is to slash more than 4,000 jobs, or 20 percent of its workforce, because of the “unprecedented crisis hitting the world economy.”

via AFP: Brazil’s Embraer cuts more than 4,000 jobs.


embraer2* Embraer today announced laying off nearly 4,300 workers as it slashed its 2009 delivery forecast by 28 aircraft, lowering revenue guidance for next year to $5.5 billion.

via Embraer cuts 4,000 jobs and delivery forecast.


* Administrators of Stylo, which owns Barratts and PriceLess Shoes, have announced the closure of 220 stores with the loss of 2,500 jobs across the UK.

The remaining 160 Stylo stores and 165 concession outlets have been sold to the existing management team and will be led by company’s chairman Michael Ziff. The move will safeguard 3,000 jobs.

via 2,500 jobs to be cut at Barratts and PriceLess Shoes | Finance | ICM Commercial & Business News.


* Allen & Overy, Britain’s fourth-largest law firm, has announced plans to cut 450 jobs at a cost of £44 million.

via Allen & Overy to cut 450 jobs in £44m shake-up – Times Online .


MORE THAN 120 workers are to lose their jobs at cider-maker Bulmers as part of a major reorganisation programme by the company.

via Bulmers to cut 120 jobs by the end of March – The Irish Times – Fri, Feb 20, 2009.


* Vinci to cut over 100 jobs after consolidation

via Vinci to cut over 100 jobs after consolidation – Building.


astrum* WEARDALE’S biggest employer, Astrum (UK) Ltd, is proposing to make a fifth of its staff redundant.

The tank track maker, which employs 280 people in Stanhope, will start consultations next week on 55 possible redundancies.

via Dale’s largest employer to make redundancies (From The Northern Echo).


* A SCOTS council has axed 81 school jobs – including 28 teaching posts – as part of a £2.4million cost-cutting drive.

via 81 School Jobs Axed To Save 2 4m (from Evening Times).


* Beijing-based PC maker Founder Technology (600601.SH) cut 11% of its staff, or more than 100 employees, after Spring Festival, reports Sina quoting Founder President Lan Ye.


- Hiring News -



Rob Rogers - Feb 20

Rob Rogers - Feb 20



Mike: A busy day for layoff announcements but few larger layoffs in North America, which was a nice change of pace. Afterdoing this for a few months, it seems that Tuesday-Thursday are the busiest days for layoff announcements. Now that the weekend is upon us, let’s have a couple laughs……………


A Daily Show greatest hit with Lewis Black:


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