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.
June 6, 2011 |
The Philadelphia School District began its biggest layoff in decades Monday, issuing 3,024 pink slips and triggering its largest union to fight at least some of the dismissals in court. Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox issued a temporary restraining order stopping layoffs of 1,523 teachers until a June 14 hearing on whether the district violated their collective bargaining agreement by exempting 200 teachers from the layoff. Even as pink slips were being delivered, Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman, under fire for keeping Mayor Nutter in the dark on a deal to save full-day kindergarten, apologized but said she was acting to help families.
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.
June 11, 2009 |
Cherry Hill laid off 13 workers Tuesday to avoid a property-tax increase in the fiscal year that begins July 1. "No one ever wants to cut staff, but we have a moral obligation to our community not to compound fiscal problems for them," said Dan Keashen, spokesman for Mayor Bernie Platt. On Monday, the Township Council gave preliminary approval to a fiscal 2010 budget of $61 million, about $1 million less than this year's budget. The layoffs took effect immediately and will save about $800,000, Keashen said.
August 12, 1999 |
Campbell Soup's simmering financial woes spread to its work force this week, with layoffs for about 50 employees at its world headquarters in Camden. Job reduction notices went to fewer than 50 of the company's 1,250 employees at its headquarters, said spokesman Jerry Buckley. Three years ago, the company employed 1,600 there. "We're always looking at the organization from time to time," said Buckley. "We're decentralizing more of our operations putting more of the corporate staff, more of our work force, into our business units" located elsewhere.