May 23, 2012 |
As Jerry Jordan blasted School Reform Commission restructuring plans Tuesday night, heads turned to the back of the room, to a line of children, sporting a poster with a simple message: "We need better schools. " Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, spoke out against SRC proposals to overhaul the Philadelphia School District's structure and planned layoffs to nurses and other professionals at an "emergency community meeting" held at Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.
December 13, 1989 |
Camden's business administrator has proposed creating a separate department of finance to manage the city's budget and to address state concerns regarding the city's finances. At yesterday's City Council caucus, Business Administrator Patrick J. Keating submitted an ordinance that would restructure his Department of Administration and Finance. The measure would create a joint position of director of finance and chief financial officer - a $52,001 yearly post - and a position of municipal finance officer, a $51,750-a-year job. Council will vote on the ordinance at its first reading tomorrow at 6 p.m. City sources said Mayor Randy Primas planned to appoint Fred Ebanau, an official on loan from the state, to the top finance post.
August 12, 1993 |
Westmoreland Coal, the faltering Philadelphia energy company, has laid off its chief financial officer and several other top managers in an effort to stem its continuing losses. The company announced Monday that it had hired Francis Boyle, the former chief financial officer of El Paso Natural Gas Co., to replace Larry Zalkin, the chief financial officer, and John P. Lamond, the treasurer. Rosanna Weitzel, the company spokeswoman, would say only that Zalkin and Lamond "left the company.
April 11, 1995 |
The whole world is being downsized. A survey of top corporate executives in the world's leading industrial nations shows that 94 percent of them have put their companies through some form of reorganization, or downsizing, in the last two years, and 66 percent predict the pace of change will continue or accelerate in the years ahead. Nearly 2,000 leaders of Fortune 500-size companies in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and the United States were interviewed by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, the international consulting firm.
October 16, 1987 |
The parent of PSFS yesterday reported a staggering record loss of $379.6 million for the third quarter, and said the company's work force will be slashed by 14 percent as part of a restructuring plan aimed at restoring profitability. The restructuring will shrink the size of the nation's largest savings bank from $19.6 billion to $18 billion. With the announcement, PSFS became the second Philadelphia bank this year to dramatically chop its work force. The other bank, Mellon, is eliminating 650 positions.
April 22, 1988 |
Meritor Financial Group, the financially troubled parent company of PSFS, reported a $456,000 net loss for the first quarter of 1988, despite restructuring efforts and significant one-time gains from the sales of investment securities and a mortgage-banking subsidiary. Without those gains, Meritor's quarterly results would have been far worse. The company posted a $17.6 million loss from operations for the quarter. Meritor attributed the operating results largely to $7.7 million set aside to cover potential loan losses and previously announced losses from Meritor's investment in 1985 in a now-defunct firm that specialized in mortgage loans.
July 6, 1992 |
Shortly, Philadelphians will have to choose sides. And this has nothing to do with the pros and cons of Charles Barkley or Herschel Walker. It will be whether or not to support city workers. During the bloody labor wars of the early 1930s, Florence Reece, a coal miner's wife held hostage in her cabin by company thugs, tore a calendar off the wall and penned the famous labor song, "Which Side Are You On?" She was asking pretty much the same question we're facing on this eve of the expiration of the contracts of city workers.
December 18, 2003 |
The players union got in the middle of the proposed Alex Rodriguez trade yesterday, forcing the Red Sox and Rangers to seek another way to complete the blockbuster deal they already had agreed on. Boston and Texas said they settled on all the players involved in the trade. The Red Sox and A-Rod agreed to restructure the shortstop's contract, Rangers owner Tom Hicks said. But in a rare move, the union intervened and rejected an agreement between Boston and Rodriguez to restructure the shortstop's record $252 million contract, changes that were needed before Texas could send the AL MVP to the Red Sox for outfielder Manny Ramirez.
February 22, 2012 |
CULLEN JENKINS knew his $7.5 million cap number for 2012 might be a problem. In the end, Jenkins was more interested in not having to uproot his family again, and in helping the Eagles be more competitive in the free-agent market, than he was in making every penny he might have been able to squeeze out of his situation. Jenkins, 31, was an honest, solid, reliable performer for the 2011 Eagles, and he remained in that mode yesterday, when the team announced he had agreed to restructure his contract, originally announced as a 5-year deal last August.
May 9, 2012 |
Today, the City Council budget hearing for the school district starts at 10 a.m. Given what's at stake and the complexity of the changes the district is proposing, by our reckoning, the hearing should end ... sometime next month. The district recently announced a massive restructuring plan that will close schools, create "achievement networks," push more students into charters, and rely on major concessions from the unions to get $156 million in savings, while coping with a deficit of more than $200 million for next year.