December 4, 2012 |
When I was governor, I had the privilege of leading trade missions to explore international opportunities for Pennsylvania companies. I came to know many business leaders personally, and I learned that successful American companies all have something in common: a motivated workforce empowered to deliver results. That's why I'm disappointed that some corporate executives have hastily prejudged a proposed federal rule change that would help make the workforce more inclusive. The proposal is particularly meaningful to me because I proudly chair the National Organization on Disability, which promotes the full participation of America's 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life - most notably, employment.
June 13, 2003 |
One night last week, the parties in the Pennsylvania Convention Center debate invited me to join them in a discussion of remarks I had made earlier in the day at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce about a proposed draft contract. I explained my concerns about the draft, and we had a long, intense conversation about exhibitors' rights, pre-hung drape, procedures for selecting foremen and journeymen, unmet labor calls, shift premiums, and composite jurisdictions. (Don't worry what all that means; you don't need to know.
May 6, 1990 |
"Help wanted" signs in the year 2000 will attract a much different workforce than they do today. "We are undergoing the most dynamic changes in our socioeconomic system since the Industrial Revolution," Janice H. McElroy, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, told about 60 members of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Wednesday in Berwyn. In the next 10 years, the workforce will grow older and include more women, immigrants and minorities than ever before, she said.
June 5, 1988 |
Potential solutions to problems posed by changes in the nation's workforce are the subject of a conference called "Workforce 2000," scheduled for Friday at the Stouffer Valley Forge Hotel. Now that many "baby boomers" are entering their 30s and 40s, not enough people are entering the workforce, according to Maxine Ballen and Lois Lamdin, co-directors of the Business Development and Training Center, which is sponsoring the conference. The development and training center is in the Great Valley Corporate Center.
March 12, 2007 |
The Rethinking Philadelphia special report on connecting young people to jobs ("Philly has work to do," Feb. 27) was a terrific public service on behalf of the thousands of talented and energetic young people in this city who seek employment, but who have far too few opportunities to obtain it. I especially appreciated the focus on programs that are working - activities that link youth with high-quality workplace experiences that can make a...
September 9, 2007
Employers sliced payrolls by 4,000 in August, the first drop in four years, according to the Labor Department. The decline provided a stark sign that a painful credit crunch that has unnerved Wall Street is putting a strain on the national economy. The snapshot of the jobs climate also showed that the unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent, mainly because hundreds of thousands of people left the workforce for any number of reasons. Job losses in construction, manufacturing, transportation and government swamped gains in retail, education and health care, and leisure and hospitality.
March 6, 2012
Chester County Hospital and Health System in West Chester trimmed its workforce by 45, or 3 percent, last week "in response to downward pressure on health care revenues across the industry," according to a statement. The hospital, with 218 staffed beds, reported a 1 percent increase in revenue, to $114 million from $112.8 million for the six months ended Dec. 31, according to bond disclosure documents. Over the same period, the hospital's operating profit fell 12.6 percent.
June 1, 2010
IN GOOD TIMES or bad, feast or famine, the Daily News editorial board has one everlasting mantra, "Cut city jobs!" They love to use phrases like "Time of Reckoning for ALL of Us. " They speak as if the city work force hasn't budged an inch since we had a shade under 9,000 police officers and about 700 recreation workers in the late '70s. For a newspaper that has spent the last two months plastering their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists all over its pages, they apparently missed the white elephant standing in the newsroom.
October 20, 1988 |
The Institute for Scientific Information, a publishing company in West Philadelphia, has laid off about 40 employees, about 7 percent of its 600- member workforce, the company said yesterday. Citing a $2.3 million loss last year and an expected loss in 1988, the company also said it would eliminate 50 positions, many of which it said had been vacant for several months. Earlier this month, ISI informed employees that it planned to divest some of its more recent ventures, including The Scientist, a biweekly science newspaper launched two years ago. "We had a couple of bad years" in terms of profitability, said Bob Steck, vice president of administration.
February 26, 1991 |
Faced with a slowdown in orders, Fischer & Porter Co. announced yesterday that it would cut its domestic workforce by about 12 percent, or about 140 people, with most of the reductions to come at the headquarters and manufacturing facility in Warminster, Bucks County. Laurence P. Finnegan Jr., a company spokesman, said the cuts reflected declining orders for the company's industrial control and measurement equipment. Major customers include the pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum industries.