July 11, 2012 |
With less than a week before hundreds of blue-collar workers could lose their jobs, Philadelphia School District officials said they have not made up their minds on whether the layoffs will go forward. Each of the district's 2,700 mechanics, bus aides, cleaners and others - members of SEIU 32BJ Local 1201 - has received a pink slip amid a continuing budget crisis in the district. About 500 of the layoffs would take effect Sunday. The district faces a deficit of as much as $282 million, and school officials have said they need big savings in both labor costs and transportation and maintenance.
June 22, 2012 |
Threatened with the layoff of its entire workforce, the union representing 2,700 blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District has put more than $25 million in projected savings on the table - but the district has stopped talking. George Ricchezza, head of SEIU 32BJ, Local 1201, said he offered five years of no wage increases, reduced benefits, work rule changes, furlough days, and other concessions. "The School District will not even get back to us," Ricchezza said Thursday afternoon.
June 13, 2012 |
With the clock ticking toward either an agreement or layoffs, leaders of the Philadelphia School District's blue-collar workers' union said Wednesday that they have offered $20 million in concessions but so far have been rebuffed. Members of 32BJ, the union that represents mechanics, bus attendants, cleaners, and other workers, plan to pack City Council chambers on Thursday, pressuring officials to keep their promise to hold up the district's funding until a deal is cut with 32BJ.
June 13, 2012 |
Members of Teamsters Local 628 rallied outside the offices of The Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com Tuesday protesting the layoffs of 20 building-services employees and 12 security guards as of July 1. In a statement sent to all employees, Interstate General Media L.L.C., publisher and chief executive Robert J. Hall said the layoffs are connected to the company's relocation later this month from 400 N. Broad St., which it sold last year,...
April 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - A Pentagon official signaled on Wednesday that the Army could lay off as many as 24,000 enlisted personnel and up to 5,000 officers within five years to meet a projected reduction in the force driven by budget cuts and the winding down of two wars. Pressed on the possibility of involuntary terminations, Thomas Lamont, an assistant secretary of the Army, told a Senate Armed Services panel that layoffs were possible as the Army shrinks from a peak of 570,000 to 490,000.
April 26, 2012 |
BY THE TIME the buzzer sounded in the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon, after the "We Don't Like You" and "You Can't Beat Us" chants, and a victor was declared in the Flyers-Penguins steel-cage death match, few Flyers were more beat up than Kimmo Timonen. For Timonen, and warriors like him, the scars, bruises and limping are an annual rite of hockey in spring time. See: 2008 Eastern Conference final against Pittsburgh, when Timonen missed four games with a blood clot in his ankle.
April 24, 2012 |
Crozer Keystone Health System in Delaware County laid off 30 employees, including 22 managers and eight staff members, as part of an effort to trim its workforce by 325, spokeswoman Kathy Scullin said. Most of the cuts were made through early retirement, which accounted for 196 of the full-time-equivalent positions that were eliminated. In all, 216 people took the buyout offer, Scullin said. The balance of the cuts were made through the elimination of vacant positions. — Harold Brubaker
March 22, 2012
Venus Williams won in her first singles match since August, dispatching Kimiko Date-Krumm , 6-0, 6-3, on Wednesday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. She beamed wide, raised her arms in victory, then skipped to the net to shake's Date-Krumm's hand before twirling around and pumping her arms in a celebration worthy of winning the title, not just a first match. But other than playing a meaningless doubles match in early February, she hadn't played an official match since the U.S. Open first round.