May 24, 1990 |
John Paone, the new executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, described himself yesterday as the mayor of a small city with big- city financial problems. With City Controller Jonathan Saidel, his patron and PHA board chairman, at his side, Paone said that PHA is suffering a "financial crisis," announced a job and promotions freeze and held out the possibility of layoffs. Both men said they wanted to alert the public to PHA's dire condition. In effect, they were slamming the former PHA administration while signaling that major changes are on the way. "I look at what SEPTA says every day. I look at what the School District says every day . . . I have the same financial problems," said Paone, a former real estate developer and city housing official.
September 5, 1986 |
Social studies teacher Madeline Shikomba knows a lot about layoffs. Every summer for the last 10 years she has been laid off by the Philadelphia School District, only to be rehired months later. Raymond Tumarkin has been furloughed nine times in the last decade. And Stuart Madres, since joining the school district in 1976, has been jettisoned every summer but two. They were among 12,000 classroom teachers who made their annual pilgrimage back to school yesterday to prepare for the students' arrival on Monday.
April 28, 1991 |
It was a case of beat the buzzer as supporters took turns blasting the Southeast Delco school board for its plans to lay off a popular guidance counselor and two teachers because of declining enrollment of high school students. Most of those who stood at the microphone at the board's meeting Thursday night found their pleas cut off in mid-sentence when Board President John Summers cut the power each time the beeps of a two-minute timer sounded. Two minutes worth of microphone time, plus a futile attempt or two at nonamplified comments, were all that Summers would allow under a new policy designed to give everyone a chance to speak.
August 17, 2011 |
Union members who perform maintenance work for the Philadelphia School District voiced their anger Wednesday night over a proposed elimination of 192 of their jobs. About 150 members of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ District 1201, which represents 2,500 workers, gathered at Thomas Edison High School in North Philadelphia to hear details about how the union's leadership arrived at the proposed layoffs, which would take effect Sept. 15 if union members vote to approve the deal with the School District.
December 6, 2008 |
The Pain Continues As if the November jobs report wasn?t bad enough, a raft of U.S. companies reported 4,037 new layoffs yesterday. These cutbacks will be reflected next month in the December report - and are a clear signal the nation hasn?t hit bottom in the recession. General Motors, Detroit - 2,000 - U.S. factory layoffs now total 11,000 this year, attributed to auto-sales slump. Sonoco Products, Hartsville, S.C. - 700 - Cited slowing global economy. Cummins, Columbus, Ind. - 500 - Cited slumping economies in the U.S. and key world markets.
November 2, 1991 |
Layoffs at one of Philadelphia's largest advertising agencies followed a bleak assessment of the economy's prospects for 1992, the agency's president said yesterday. The agency, FCB/LGK, laid off "no more than 10 percent" of its 180 employees this week when it became apparent that, "unfortunately, the majority of our clients are not increasing their advertising budgets for 1992 and, in fact, many are reducing them," said J. Len van Zyl, president of FCB/ LGK. Van Zyl said that the layoffs were not the result of losing any account, one of the traditional causes of ad-agency reductions.
November 13, 2008 |
Television retailer QVC began a series of layoffs yesterday that would result in the elimination of about 900 jobs - most of them in West Chester - over the next 14 months. The announcement came after a rough quarter. QVC's third-quarter revenue, ended Sept. 30, decreased 3 percent to $1.64 billion. Revenue in the United States fell 9 percent to $1.07 billion. Nationwide, retailers predict a brutal holiday season. Best Buy Co. Inc. slashed its earnings forecast and said "seismic" changes in consumer behavior have created "the most difficult climate" it had ever seen.
June 13, 2011
Although the layoffs of 1,500 Philadelphia School District teachers are on hold, it's still pretty clear to everyone involved that come July 1, some teachers will not have jobs. The only question is which 1,500 teachers will get laid off - the district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are fighting in Common Pleas Court, and now, possibly in the state Supreme Court, over exempting about 200 Promise Academy teachers from layoffs. I can't imagine what the upheaval has done to teachers (and counselors, and nurses, and support staff)
July 11, 2014 |
IN WHAT HAS BECOME an annual rite of summer, the Philadelphia School District announced more than 300 layoffs yesterday. The 342 layoffs largely affect special-education classroom assistants and noontime aides, but do not include any teachers. The district began to send out notices yesterday. District spokeswoman Raven Hill said the downsizing is not related to the delay of the Philadelphia cigarette tax in the General Assembly, which threatens roughly $45 million for the cash-strapped district this year.
November 3, 2013 |
The drugmaker Merck & Co. will lay off 500 people from its facility in West Point, Montgomery County, between Dec. 23 and Jan. 5. Merck said on Oct. 1 that it would eliminate 8,500 jobs from its worldwide workforce beyond the 7,500 it had not yet cut from an earlier restructuring plan, but company officials were not specific about where and when. Several big pharmaceutical companies with operations in the area are cutting jobs. Message boards devoted to Merck have been full of discussions about which units would lose people, but official public notice of the 500 job cuts at the West Point facility came because of a federal law called the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)