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BUSINESS
November 15, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lockheed Martin Corp. has given layoff notices to 240 employees at its operation Moorestown. The workers were notified last week, and for most their last day will be next Wednesday. About 3,500 employees will remain at the Burlington County site, Lockheed Martin spokesman Keith D. Little said. The layoffs were part of a nationwide workforce reduction announced Oct. 16 totaling 587 in Lockheed's Mission Systems and Training business, Little said. The layoffs were "necessary to address continuing challenges in our business environment, including continued uncertain program funding, delays in contract awards, and an extremely competitive market," Little said.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merck & Co. made Wall Street happy but saddened employees Tuesday when the drug manufacturer said it would eliminate 8,500 jobs from its marketing, administrative, and research and development departments in the hope of reducing annual operating expenses by $2.5 billion by the end of 2015. When Philadelphia native and chief executive officer Ken Frazier and chief financial officer Peter Kellogg explained the plan to financial analysts in a telephone conference call, two analysts congratulated Kellogg on the move.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IN JUNE, WITH NO funding in sight, Philadelphia School District officials laid off 3,859 district employees, saying the district couldn't afford to pay their salaries anymore. Nonetheless, district officials are still hiring, prompting questions about staff priorities. The district's human-resources office has been advertising on the district website for positions at the central office and a few of its 218 schools. And in a move that touches a nerve with labor representatives, some of the nonunion jobs posted and filled were once union positions, they say. The move, union leaders and education advocates claim, is an attempt by the district to weaken the union, drive down wages, decrease revenue from union dues and bring more jobs under district control.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since March, when the 2013 Flower Show had its lowest attendance in more than a decade, layoff rumors have traumatized staff at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show's producer. On Wednesday, the rumor came true - 22 of 133 full- and part-time jobs were cut and two more downgraded to part time. The changes affect almost every level except the top - including communications; development;   Green Scene magazine; human resources; landscape management; library; marketing; programs; and Meadowbrook Farm, the PHS estate garden, greenhouse, and retail operation in Abington Township.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University Health System announced the elimination of 11 positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and 14 at Jeanes Hospital. Officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs in the system for the affected employees, who came from management and nonmanagement ranks but were not involved in patient care. Fox Chase and Jeanes have a combined 3,500 employees. Those cutbacks, part of the integration of Fox Chase and Jeanes, followed a larger layoff last week at Einstein Health.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Natalie Hawtin arrived in Philadelphia from Michigan with her teaching degree in 2010, she dropped by a school in Center City and was captivated by the students and staff. Even after she landed another job in the School District, Hawtin would stroll past Greenfield Elementary School at Chestnut and 22d Streets, point to a third-story window, and say: "One day I'm going to teach there. " Hawtin's dream came true, and she began teaching second grade at Greenfield in September.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Philadelphia School District continues to grapple with a financial crisis, it announced layoffs Friday of 76 employees. The new cuts, expected to save $32 million, affect 63 staffers at the district's headquarters at 440 N. Broad St. and 13 employees in regional offices, most working in early childhood education. This round follows the announcement two weeks ago of 3,783 layoffs, including noontime aides, assistant principals, counselors, teachers, and secretaries. Combined, the job losses represent a 19.9 percent decrease in the 19,530-member workforce.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings is on a mission. At Ben Franklin High, Jennings was a three-sport athlete who dreamed of becoming famous and be able to take care of his family without financial worry. After concluding that certain dreams would not become a reality, the North Philadelphia native settled with boxing because it was his best chance to be great at something. "I pushed myself and pushed myself," Jennings said. "Now, I am ready for whatever is thrown at me. " Tonight, Jennings will face his first test since knocking out Bowie Tupuo last December.
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