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NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there is no cigarette-tax agreement in Harrisburg by Aug. 15, Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Wednesday, he will have to lay off employees and consider a delay in the opening of schools. "There's a lot of uncertainty around what our next move is," Hite said. The state Senate passed an amended cigarette-tax bill this week, but the legislation requires House approval. The House is out on summer recess and is not scheduled to return until a special session called for Aug. 4. Even then, passage is not assured.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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.
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