May 16, 2014 |
When cellphones flashed "noon" in Ziaira Williams' history class, students shifted in their seats, exchanged glances, and then filed out into a hallway of purple and gold, launching a two-hour protest of Camden City School District layoffs. Williams' history teacher received a layoff notice Monday and said goodbye to his exiting pupils with silent pats on the back and nods of appreciation, Williams said. "They're glad we're doing this. They said, 'Go ahead,' and honestly, I don't care if I get in trouble - I want my teachers back," the 17-year-old junior said.
April 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA School District Superintendent William Hite said yesterday that unless the district receives $216 million in new funding, it would be forced to lay off more than 1,000 employees. That was part of the bad news in the district's proposed $2.5 billion budget, which was as grim as expected. The district is requesting up to $320 million in new revenue from the city and state, and labor concessions. Of the $320 million, $96.1 million is needed to maintain current service levels, which Hite described as "insufficient.
March 1, 2014 |
Crozer-Keystone Health System, the biggest health-care provider in Delaware County, said Thursday that it was cutting 250 positions, after losing $15.7 million since July 1. "Changes in health care continue to have a negative effect on Crozer-Keystone and many other health-care providers in our region and throughout the country," Crozer said in a statement. The layoffs at Crozer, which employed 6,800, will include doctors and a "significant number of managers," the statement said.
February 27, 2014 |
Goalie Steve Mason and the Flyers are ready for the long layoff to end, ready to regain the mojo they created before the Olympic break. When the Flyers return to action Thursday against visiting San Jose, they will be playing their first game in 19 days. "It's all great to have time off and be able to relax and not have any stress, but at the end of the day, this is what we look forward to each and every day," Mason said Monday. "Practices get boring after a while, so it's nice to have something to look forward to. " "It's a long break.
November 15, 2013 |
The Please Touch Museum, in default on the debt it assumed to renovate a new home in Memorial Hall, eliminated nine positions Wednesday as part of a budget-trimming process. The cuts represent about a 4 percent reduction in staff. The museum's board is seeking to increase revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources, said interim president and CEO Lynn McMaster, and "must demonstrate that the museum is operating as efficiently as possible. " This means across-the-board cuts of about $400,000 on the museum's $9 million annual budget, she said.
November 15, 2013 |
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.
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)
October 3, 2013 |
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.
August 14, 2013 |
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.
June 28, 2013 |
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.