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illinois layoffs: united sheds 300 managers; sears, recycled paper greetings als


united airlines is laying off about 300 management positions at its willis tower headquarters as part of a restructuring.united ceo oscar munoz said in january that "a relatively small number" of jobs would be cut to reduce redundancy, but the number of layoffs wasn't clear until the state's monthly report of mass layoffs was published tuesday.united spokesman megan mccarthy said 300 is small, given the 87,000 people united employs. none of the reductions are among front-line staff at the airports."it's part of work we were doing to be a more efficient, nimble organization," mccarthy said. most of the layoffs already have occurred but they will continue through the end of may, she said.the united layoffs were among 982 job cuts that illinois employers reported to the illinois department of






united sheds 300 managers; sears, recycled paper greetings also make big job cut


united airlines is laying off about 300 management positions at its willis tower headquarters as part of a restructuring.united ceo oscar munoz said in january that "a relatively small number" of jobs would be cut to reduce redundancy, but the number of layoffs wasn't clear until the state's monthly report of mass layoffs was published tuesday.united spokesman megan mccarthy said 300 is small, given the 87,000 people united employs. none of the reductions are among front-line staff at the airports."it's part of work we were doing to be a more efficient, nimble organization," mccarthy said. most of the layoffs already have occurred but they will continue through the end of may, she said.the united layoffs were among 982 job cuts that illinois employers reported to the illinois department of






united sheds 300 managers; sears, recycled paper greetings also make big job cut


united airlines is laying off about 300 management positions at its willis tower headquarters as part of a restructuring.united ceo oscar munoz said in january that "a relatively small number" of jobs would be cut to reduce redundancy, but the number of layoffs wasn't clear until the state's monthly report of mass layoffs was published tuesday.united spokesman megan mccarthy said 300 is small, given the 87,000 people united employs. none of the reductions are among front-line staff at the airports."it's part of work we were doing to be a more efficient, nimble organization," mccarthy said. most of the layoffs already have occurred but they will continue through the end of may, she said.the united layoffs were among 982 job cuts that illinois employers reported to the illinois department of






applications for us unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layo


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presswashington (ap) — applications for us unemployment benefits rise to still-low 258,000, a sign layoffs are low.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






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job cuts endure at indiana factories despite trump pressure


indianapolis — some 1,500 workers at three indiana factories are still facing layoffs, despite hopes that president donald trump would intervene to prevent their jobs from moving to mexico.the first wave of 50 layoffs has already happened at united technologies' 700-worker electronics plant in huntington, which is slated for closure.another 550 job cuts are expected at carrier corp.'s indianapolis factory, where trump's intervention last fall curbed job losses but didn't halt them altogether.local union president chuck jones says he expects layoffs to start within weeks at a 300-worker rexnord bearings factory in indianapolis that is moving to monterrey. a trump tweet in december accused rexnord of "viciously firing" the american workers.laid-off huntington worker julie marsh said friday t






hershey restructuring could cut 15 percent of workforce


hershey co. says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the layoffs coming mostly from hourly employees outside the united states.the pennsylvania-based chocolate company also lowered its forecast for long-term sales growth to between 2 and 4 percent, down from the previous 3 to 5 percent, j.p. morgan analyst ken goldman noted. hershey says chief executive michele buck will have more to say when she briefs analysts in new york on wednesday.the maker of hershey chocolate bars and other candies said the layoffs are part of a program aimed at improving the operating profit margin through a streamlined operating model and reduced administrative expenses. the company estimates it will incur pre-tax charges of up to $425 million over the next three years as a result of






federal workers fear layoffs inevitable under trump budget cuts – the denver pos


by lisa rein, the washington postwashington – federal workers are growing increasingly anxious at the prospect of massive budget cuts president donald trump proposed this week that would pave the way for increased military spending.employees who list endangered species, collect taxes and distribute aid to foreign countries are fearing for their livelihoods as they sift through rumors and wait to see whether their offices will be targeted for steep reductions.the president said he’ll call for $54 billion in reductions to offset new spending for the pentagon, and it should not come from veterans’ programs, law enforcement or entitlement programs, the biggest drivers of federal spending.the math seems clear: to shrink government by that much, layoffs are inevitable, say federal officials, uni






response program aids laid-off employees in aberdeen


aberdeen, s.d. — the south dakota department of labor has launched a program to help laid-off employees of a fibergl supplier in aberdeen.dan thielsen, manager of the department's office in aberdeen, organized the program after receiving notice of the company's imminent layoffs last week, the aberdeen american news (http://bit.ly/2kn52yn ) reported."they didn't know. they just showed up for work (monday) and they found out," thielsen said.the company didn't disclose the number of employees let go, but said the layoffs were due to an "unexpected reduction" in orders for wind turbine blades. state and city officials said a "substantial" number of employees were fired.the program is described as a "pro-active, business-focused" strategy to help both employers and employees. thielsen said the






alitalia cancels flights monday due to strike


milan — alitalia has cancelled 40 percent of its flights on monday due to strikes, as it meets with unions to discuss layoffs under a new business plans.the airline said friday that cancellations were due to a four-hour strike by air traffic controllers and a 24-hour strike by unions operating in the transport sector. it said flights during morning and afternoon peak travel hours would operate on schedule, and that bigger planes would be deployed to carry as many passengers as possible both domestically and internationally.unions, meanwhile, pledged broader mobilization to protest cuts announced as part of a broad plan to relaunch the airline and compete on short-haul routes with low-cost carriers. the news agency ansa, citing union sources, reported that more than 2,000 layoffs are expect






industry: philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom


philadelphia — some philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they're gearing up for layoffs because the city's new tax on soft drinks has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent — worse than the city predicted.jeff brown, who owns six local shoprite supermarkets, told the philadelphia inquirer (http://bit.ly/2lowwji ) he expects to cut 300 jobs. bob brockway, chief operating officer of canada dry delaware valley, has predicted a 20 percent workforce reduction by march.city officials expect business to rebound once customers get over sticker shock. they suggest the industry may be engaging in fearmongering to stop the spread of the tax to other cities.mayor jim kenney pushed through the 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages to pay for nearly 2,000 pre-






hcmc cutting 131 jobs through layoffs amid budget pinch


cleaners and clerical workers circled hennepin county medical center thursday afternoon following the hospital’s announcement that it would be eliminating the equivalent of 131 full-time jobs through layoffs.the workforce reduction has been in the making for months as leaders of the downtown minneapolis hospital sought strategies to balance their 2017 budget. the news brought fresh anger among the workers, though, whose final days at the hospital will be in mid-march.carmen brown, an hcmc employee and president of afscme local 977, blamed the hospital’s excessive spending on leadership positions for the layoffs that will cost some workers their livelihoods and leave others to pick up their assignments.“they’re just reshuffling work,” said brown, whose job is intact, “putting more work on t






philly mayor says $5.7m soda tax haul doubles projections


philadelphia — philadelphia mayor jim kenney says the city's soda tax raised $5.7 million in january, more than double what city officials had projected.kenney's announcement thursday comes a day after some supermarkets and beverage distributors say they're gearing up for layoffs after seeing beverage sales fall by 30 percent to 50 percent — worse than the city predicted.kenney's announcement says the city projected the tax, which took effect last month, would generate about $2.3 million in january.the city has projected the tax will raise about $91 million this year and that its revenue collections would pick up steam as the year progressed.city officials expect soda sales to rebound once customers get used to the higher prices, and they say talk of layoffs is fearmongering meant to keep






ap exclusive: abrupt cuts hinder illinois violence shelters


springfield, ill. — illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that forced layoffs and other cuts.officials providing services to victims of domestic violence tell the associated press they were unaware that about $9 million in state funding was left out of the stopgap plan that expired in december. they learned about it in a dec. 16 letter from human services secretary james dimas (dee'-mahs).the shortfall has forced layoffs, salary cuts and longer waiting lists for services.no one will say why the money was excluded. state officials won't say why dimas didn't notify anyone sooner.the budget was a brief agreement between republican gov. bruce rauner and the democratic-controlled legislat






disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes maker studios


walt disney co. is laying off about 80 employees in its digital media unit that includes maker studios, according to a person at the company not authorized to comment publicly.the layoffs affect people in various roles at maker, the culver city-based digital studio, including some in support positions. the staff reductions follow the december integration of maker into disney’s consumer products and interactive media unit, a move that created staffing redundancies.burbank-based disney bought maker in 2014, spending more than $500 million to acquire the company behind youtube successes such as "epic rap battles of history" and creators such as the swedish comic personality pewdiepie.in addition to the layoffs, maker also is undertaking a significant streamlining of its network of creators, w






lowe's announces layoffs for more than 500 full-time workers


mooresville, n.c. — home improvement retailer lowe's has announced its second round of layoffs in just over a month, saying more than 500 full-time corporate employees companywide will lose their jobs.local news outlets report lowe's announced tuesday that 430 workers at its headquarters in mooresville would be laid off. in addition, 70 support staffers in wilkesboro and about 25 corporate support positions in other facilities across the u.s. would lose their jobs.on jan. 17, lowe's announced approximately 2,400 full-time workers would be laid off. a majority of the cuts were at the store level.meanwhile, the company said lowe's will post more than 100 new positions at its corporate offices in mooresville and will add at least 600 full-time customer-support and central production office po






espn reportedly slated for another huge round of layoffs


news of layoffs in the media industry have become all-too-familiar in recent years, owing to declining user rates and hollowed out advertising revenue.even sports media behemoth espn hasn’t been immune to the trend; we’re barely a year removed from a round of layoffs during which the company shed about 300 employees.and now espn is reportedly preparing for another round of cost-cutting — and this time, the cuts could be even more significant, at least in terms of name recognition. si’s richard deitsch has some of the details in a recent column:si has learned that espn will have significant cost-cutting over the next four months on its talent side (people in front of the camera or audio/digital screen). multiple sources said espn has been tasked with paring tens of millions of staff salary






applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000 – the denver post


more people sought u.s. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 258,000, the labor department said thursday. the four-week average ticked up 1,000 to 240,000.the number of people receiving benefits fell 39,000 to 2 million, the department said. that’s down 8.6 percent from a year earlier.applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 80 weeks. the figure had topped 100 weeks but the labor department revised the data thursday.the figures suggest that relatively few americans are losing their jobs. in late february, applications fell to 210,000, the lowest since 1969, according to th






response program aids laid-off employees in aberdeen


aberdeen, s.d. (ap) — the south dakota department of labor has launched a program to help laid-off employees of a fibergl supplier in aberdeen.dan thielsen, manager of the department’s office in aberdeen, organized the program after receiving notice of the company’s imminent layoffs last week, the aberdeen american news (http://bit.ly/2kn52yn ) reported.“they didn’t know. they just showed up for work (monday) and they found out,” thielsen said.the company didn’t disclose the number of employees let go, but said the layoffs were due to an “unexpected reduction” in orders for wind turbine blades. state and city officials said a “substantial” number of employees were fired.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the program is described as a “pro-active, business-focused” st






senate democrats accuse rauner of derailing budget deal talks


$9 million cut from domestic violence programs, rauner administration blames 'confusion'john o'connorillinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, according to interviews and documents reviewed by the associated press.no one knows — or is...illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, according to interviews and documents reviewed by the associated press.no one knows — or is... (john o'connor)






hcmc cutting 131 jobs through layoffs amid budget pinch


hennepin county medical center leaders announced the layoff of more than 131 workers this week, saying they believe it will resolve a projected financial crisis at the hospital caused by worsening reimbursements for patient care.the announcement drew angry responses from affected employees, including a protest by cleaners and clerical workers thursday afternoon and criticism by a bioelectronics technician, who predicted that the hospital will end up spending more by outsourcing critical tasks.circling the downtown minneapolis hospital and chanting, "who does the work? we do!" hcmc workers said the cuts fall disproportionately on low-wage employees and not on upper administration. "we're tired of this," said carmen brown, the president of afscme local 977, whose job is intact. "why is it al






hcmc cutting 131 jobs through layoffs amid budget pinch


hennepin county medical center leaders announced the layoff of more than 131 workers this week, saying they believe it will resolve a projected financial crisis at the hospital caused by worsening reimbursements for patient care.the announcement drew angry responses from affected employees, including a protest by cleaners and clerical workers thursday afternoon and criticism by a bioelectronics technician, who predicted that the hospital will end up spending more by outsourcing critical tasks.circling the downtown minneapolis hospital and chanting, "who does the work? we do!" hcmc workers said the cuts fall disproportionately on low-wage employees and not on upper administration. "we're tired of this," said carmen brown, the president of afscme local 977, whose job is intact. "why is it al






gordmans plans nearly 600 layoffs in nebraska, indiana


omaha, neb. (ap) — gordmans has told state regulators that the department store operator plans to eliminate nearly 600 jobs in may as part of the company’s bankruptcy when it closes both its distribution centers and its headquarters.the company said it expects to eliminate 450 jobs in nebraska on may 12 when it closes its omaha headquarters and distribution center. it said it plans to eliminate another 140 jobs the same day at a distribution center it will close in clayton, indiana, near indianapolis.gordmans notified state labor regulators of the pending layoffs this week after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection monday.gordmans employed more than 5,000 people and ran over 100 stores in 22 states in the midwest before the bankruptcy. the stores continue operating but gordmans plan






industry: philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom


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boeing plans another 245 layoffs


boeing notified the employees it plans to eliminate their jobs starting may 19.boeing has notified 245 employees it plans to eliminate their jobs starting may 19, according to a 60-day notice filed with the state employment security department.the notice says the cuts, at unspecified puget sound locations, affect 111 members of the machinists union, 62 members of the white-collar society of professional engineering employees in aerospace, and 36 non-union jobs. the remainder may be in other unions. a boeing spokesman said the company is not divulging which units or locations are affected, and pointed to its december statement that it would be “reducing costs and matching employment levels to business and market requirements.”near the end of february, boeing employment in washington state s






zenefits is laying off 45% of its workforce


zenefits, which just earlier this week announced jay fulcher as its new ceo, is laying off 45% of its workforce, buzzfeed reported earlier today. that means zenefits will let go about 430 people — 250 from its san francisco-based headquarters and 150 from its office in tempe, arizona, according to the internal memo obtained by buzzfeed.zenefits has confirmed the layoffs to techcrunch, saying that they have “been planned for some time and is the result of a lot of hard work over the past year to improve our products and service and make the operations of the company more efficient,” a zenefits spokesperson told techcrunch.between operating under now three different ceos, getting fined $7 million for multiple license violations in california and being ordered to stop offering its insurance s






sirin, maker of the solarin $14k smartphone, cuts 30 staff and pivots


so much for super-private, high-end phones for the super-rich? sirin labs, the startup that makes the solarin, an android-based smartphone released last may with a $14,000 price tag and promise of extreme security for its owner, is laying off one-third, or 30, of its staff after seeing just $10 million in sales since launch. the startup is now weighing up a pivot of the business to “new computing devices” according to its ceo.the news of the layoffs was confirmed to us directly by sirin after israeli paper calcalist reported the layoffs (accurately) and that the solarin was getting discontinued (not so accurate, says sirin).“nearly a year after launching solarin, sirin labs is pursuing new directions to a new product line and therefore restructuring its staff,” a spokesperson said. “one th






sirin, maker of the solarin $14k smartphone, cuts 30 staff and weighs pivot


so much for super-private, high-end phones for the super-rich? sirin labs, the startup that makes the solarin, an android-based smartphone released last may with a $14,000 price tag and promise of extreme security for its owner, is laying off one-third, or 30, of its staff after seeing just $10 million in sales since launch. the startup is now weighing up a pivot of the business to “new computing devices” according to its ceo.the news of the layoffs was confirmed to us directly by sirin after israeli paper calcalist reported the layoffs (accurately) and that the solarin was getting discontinued (not so accurate, says sirin).“nearly a year after launching solarin, sirin labs is pursuing new directions to a new product line and therefore restructuring its staff,” a spokesperson said. “one th






lowe’s announces layoffs for more than 500 full-time workers


mooresville, n.c. (ap) — home improvement retailer lowe’s has announced its second round of layoffs in just over a month, saying more than 500 full-time corporate employees companywide will lose their jobs.local news outlets report lowe’s announced tuesday that 430 workers at its headquarters in mooresville would be laid off. in addition, 70 support staffers in wilkesboro and about 25 corporate support positions in other facilities across the u.s. would lose their jobs.on jan. 17, lowe’s announced approximately 2,400 full-time workers would be laid off. a majority of the cuts were at the store level.meanwhile, the company said lowe’s will post more than 100 new positions at its corporate offices in mooresville and will add at least 600 full-time customer-support and central production offi






zenefits laying off 430 workers in latest cost-cutting move


san francisco — zenefits, the troubled hr software startup, is laying off nearly half its employees as it continues to cut costs.the layoffs, which will affect 430 workers, or 45 percent of the company’s workforce, are just the latest round of job cuts for the company, whose well-known problems have included fudging licensing requirements for selling health insurance and the ousting of its founding ceo. the company’s san francisco headquarters will lose 250 employees.a zenefits spokesman confirmed the numbers, which were first reported by buzzfeed, in an email to this newspaper.the layoffs come days after a new ceo and chairman, jay fulcher, e on board, but a company spokesman said  they were planned “for some time” by previous ceo david sacks — who took the helm after conrad parker was fo






boeing plans another 245 layoffs


boeing notified the employees it plans to eliminate their jobs starting may 19.boeing has notified 245 employees it plans to eliminate their jobs starting may 19, according to a 60-day notice filed with the state employment security department.the notice says the cuts, at unspecified puget sound locations, affect 111 members of the machinists union, 62 members of the white-collar society of professional engineering employees in aerospace, and 36 non-union jobs. the remainder may be in other unions. a boeing spokesman said the company is not divulging which units or locations are affected, and pointed to its december statement that it would be “reducing costs and matching employment levels to business and market requirements.”near the end of february, boeing employment in washington state s






pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing philadelphia tax


philadelphia (ap) — pepsi says slumping sales from philadelphia’s new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that serve the city.the company sent out notices wednesday saying layoffs will occur at plants in north and south philadelphia and in wilmington, delaware, the philadelphia inquirer (http://bit.ly/2m8iedw) reported.dave dececco, spokesman for the purchase, new york-based company that employs 423 people in the city, said the tax has cut sales by 40 percent there.“unfortunately, after careful consideration of the economic realities created by the recently enacted beverage tax, we have been forced to give notice that we intend to eliminate 80 to 100 positions, including frontline and supervisory roles, in philadelphia over the nex






kraft heinz to cut about 200 jobs, including some in chicago


kraft heinz confirmed thursday that it's cutting about 200 salaried jobs in the u.s. and canada, including some in chicago.spokesman michael mullen said in an email that all affected employees were notified thursday and that most would be gone from the company next week. he wouldn't say exactly how many chicago jobs would be cut.it's yet another round of mass layoffs for kraft heinz, the food conglomerate backed by warren buffett's berkshire hathaway and brazilian private equity firm 3g capital. considered the industry leader in cost cutting, kraft heinz has been rumored to be on the prowl for a major acquisition in recent months. last month, unilever, maker of hellmann's mayonnaise and lipton tea, rejected kraft heinz's $143 billion takeover bid.kraft heinz, co-headquartered in chicago an






applications for us jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000


washington — more people sought u.s. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.the numbers: weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 258,000, the labor department said thursday. the four-week average ticked up 1,000 to 240,000.the number of people receiving benefits fell 39,000 to 2 million, the department said. that’s down 8.6 percent from a year earlier.the takeaway: applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 80 weeks. the figure had topped 100 weeks but the labor department revised the data thursday.the figures suggest that relatively few americans are losing their jobs. in late february, applications fell to 210,000






applications for us jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000


washington — more people sought u.s. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.the numbers: weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 258,000, the labor department said thursday. the four-week average ticked up 1,000 to 240,000.the number of people receiving benefits fell 39,000 to 2 million, the department said. that's down 8.6 percent from a year earlier.the takeaway: applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 80 weeks. the figure had topped 100 weeks but the labor department revised the data thursday.the figures suggest that relatively few americans are losing their jobs. in late february, applications fell to 210,000






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captioncurves, craftsmanship and cl | 2017 grand national roadster show in pomonathirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)thirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)