April 20, 1991 |
Contending that Philadelphia Traffic Court is a "patronage haven" that discriminates against blacks, the court employees' union is trying to get 18 fired workers reinstated and to block any future dismissals until the court shows it won't lay off workers on the basis of race. The union says the proof was in the pudding: While three-fourths of the court's 198 employees are white, 15 of 18 workers fired by Traffic Court President Judge George Twardy since Feb. 8 were black. In motions filed Thursday in Common Pleas Court, the union's attorneys contended Twardy and his court had unconstitutionally targeted employees for layoffs on the basis of race, with the intent of preserving Twardy's Republican political appointees' jobs.
January 30, 1992 |
Scott Paper Co. yesterday announced plans to lay off 270 people in its local operations as part of a larger reduction aimed at bringing the company out of its financial doldrums. Scott expects to lay off 240 of the 1,400 employees at its headquarters in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, and 30 of the 1,700 workers at the paper plant it operates in Chester. The company said last week that 3,800 of its 37,000 employees around the world would lose their jobs. Scott spokesman Michael N. Kilpatric said the local layoffs "affect all levels of the organization, from high-level managers on down, and cut across all departments.
June 1, 1991 |
United Engineers & Constructors International Inc. yesterday said it will lay off about 100 engineers and designers in its Philadelphia and Valley Forge offices by mid-July. "We're very hopeful that that will be the end of it," said spokesman John Renouf. "But it's very difficult to project into the future by more than 60 days. " About 26 people have been laid off in the last two weeks, and the company said it had given notice to 16 additional workers that they will be let go by mid-June.
January 16, 1997 |
A decision yesterday by the Delaware River Port Authority to eliminate 13 jobs has State Sen. Vincent Fumo fuming. The port authority voted to eliminate the jobs as part of an ongoing restructuring of the agency. But a Fumo spokesman claimed all of the people fired are Democrats. Fumo, a Philadelphia Democrat, sits on the authority's board. "This is a real injustice for these people," said Gary Tuma, of Fumo's office. "It seems like a blatantly political firing. " But Manuel N. Stamatakis, the board's chairman, said "politics had nothing to do with this.
May 20, 1986 |
Layoffs of white workers to preserve racial balance in the work place are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision yesterday in a "reverse discrimination" case. At the same time, however, the court endorsed racial hiring goals in public employment as a potentially valid, much less drastic remedy for past discrimination. Civil rights organizations hailed the decision as a triumph for affirmative-action programs and a defeat for the Reagan administration, which opposes broad racial preferences for minorities.
January 10, 1990 |
Hahnemann University officials yesterday said they were laying off 156 employees, reducing staff overtime and taking other steps to trim expenses in response to cutbacks in government funding. The officials said the university stood to lose millions of dollars because of "current and expected cuts" in Medicare and Medicaid, which cover medical costs for treating the elderly, poor and disabled. Hahnemann also has experienced a sharp increase in the amount of free care it provides to the indigent, they said.
January 23, 2011 |
In the first week after layoffs cut the Camden Police Department nearly in half, predictions of doom and gloom and outlaws running wild in the streets have remained just that - predictions. But experts in law enforcement say there's no way a city like Camden can avoid feeling the impact of the massive layoffs, which also included about one-third of the city's firefighters. "You can't police the same way you did with half the police force," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit think tank in Washington.
September 19, 2008 |
Camden city employees wore black yesterday in a show of solidarity and protest as they await an announcement about who will be laid off in city government. A "death notice" was distributed to mourn the "passing of city government in Camden," employees held a prayer circle during lunch, and black ribbons were distributed by the union. Between 40 and 60 workers, none of them police officers or firefighters, will be laid off any day now to help close a $24 million budget shortfall, city officials have said.
June 20, 1988
An early-retirement proposal rushed into City Council last week as a way to avoid massive layoffs could play a major role in solving Philadelphia's budget crisis. But the complex plan should not be launched in the middle of negotiations over new municipal labor contracts. Under the proposed legislation, a package of incentives would encourage earlier retirements during a 60-day grace period. About 6,300 employees would be eligible, and consultants to the city's Board of Pensions and Retirement estimate that as many as 1,700 people would take advantage of the one-time offer.
December 5, 2010 |
Religious leaders from across Camden called on Gov. Christie on Saturday to meet with community and local government leaders in an attempt to resolve a financial crisis that has resulted in layoff notices to about half of the city's police officers and firefighters. Two days after City Council approved the cuts and a day after Christie engaged in a verbal clash with some city leaders, members of Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) held a news conference on the steps of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Market Street.