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One of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world, Stryker will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December.  Worse, they plan on countering the medical device tax in Obamacare by slashing 5% of their global workforce - an estimated 1,170 positions.

Here is the list of domestic layoffs compiled by DailyJobCuts.com since Monday of this week:

NBCUniversal – 500

In a round of year-end belt tightening, NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 employees, or about 1.5%  of its total workforce. The cuts are distributed throughout the media company, which boasts nearly 30,000 employees, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive topic.


Xerox Corp. – 2,500

 On Tuesday, Xerox provided some sketchy details of that restructuring: By the end of the year, 2,500 current employees will be former employees.


Citigroup Inc. – 100 in Long Island NY

 Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest U.S. bank, is dismissing 100 people on New York’s Long Island as the lender seeks to cut costs amid a slump in revenue.


Atlantic City’s Casinos – Workers Face Layoffs After Sandy

ATLANTIC CITY — While gaming numbers in our area have been sluggish in recent months, the situation has intensified since hurricane sandy, and now more and more casino workers are looking at a cut in hours or even partial or permanent lay offs.

Update: Smithfield Foods Inc. Meat Plant VA – Starting Layoffs

The Smithfield, Va.-based company said layoffs will start at the Portsmouth plant in January and it will close at the end of March. The first layoffs at the Smithfield Packing Co. facility will involve about 120 workers, with more than 400 workers affected by the time plant is closed, said Jeff Gough, Smithfield’s senior vice president for human resources. Employees have been offered transfer opportunities.


Update: Cummins – Starts Layoffs in Indiana

Layoff notices starting going out this week to the engine-maker‘s white-collar workers at its headquaters in Columbus. Job cuts are also expected at Cummins‘ three southern Indiana plants: the Fuel Systems Plant and MidRange Engine Plant in Columbus and the Engine plant in Seymour.


Solel Solar Systems ( International ) – 140+

Three years after acquiring Solel Solar Systems in Beit Shemesh, which produces thermo-solar energy systems, Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; DAX: SIE) is firing about 140 of the company’s 430 employees. In contrast to six months ago when 100 employees were fired, mainly production staff, the latest round of layoffs includes engineering and development personnel, following the company’s decision to close down several major projects.


Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton – Layoffs begin

Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, a subsidiary of the manufacturer of emergency response vehicles Oshkosh, is beginning its first round of layoffs, which will eventually affect 325 workers.


Hostess – 3 Plant Closing = 627 Jobs Lost

The world of Twinkies and Wonder Bread threatened to crumble Monday, as a nationwide strike continued and Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt owner of the historic products, said it would close three bakeries, eliminating 627 jobs.


Gamesa Energy – 92 Layoff Notices

Gamesa Energy has issued layoff notices to more than half of its Cambria Township work force. Company officials say 92 of the plant’s 154 workers are expected to be out of work at the plant by early next year.

Update: Wingspan Portfolio Advisors – 459 Possible Layoffs

DALLAS — Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton-based loan servicing company, will layoff more than a quarter of its workforce at the end of the year.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical NC – 950 Positions by June 2013

In a news release, WFBMC said about half of the layoffs will come from “vacant, temporary and contract labor positions, as well as normal attrition and retirements.” As many as 475 current employees — about 3.5 percent of the company’s workforce — will get pink slips.  While the staff reductions won’t be complete until next summer, 76 employees are being laid off this week.


Turkey Point Nuclear Plant FL – 277 Layoffs Possible

The 277 employees are to be laid off between Jan. 6 and May 26. The workers include 77 field engineers, 49 superintendents, 44 design engineers and 22 welding field engineers. The employees are not represented by a union. The layoffs are expected to be permanent.


Tooele County UT – 22

For the third time in the last four months Tooele County has announced a reduction of employees as the Tooele County Commission and county department heads scramble to reduce expenses to meet an unforeseen reduction in revenue.


Glens Falls Hospital NY – 29

Glens Falls Hospital announced Tuesday morning it is eliminating 29 jobs and reducing five other employees to part-time status, as part of a cost-reduction program being blamed on “declining reimbursement levels and other economic challenges.”


Bayou Cane, Louisiana – 7 FD Layoffs Likely

The fire chief’s decision to close the station at Savanne Road and Little Bayou Black Drive is the first of several steps intended to make up the money that will be lost when a federal grant expires in 2014. Other planned cuts include laying off seven employees by Jan. 1, eliminating overtime and reducing the number of calls that its trucks respond to each year.


Publishing Firm Lulu in Raleigh – 9 

Raleigh-based Lulu, which provides self-publishing services around the world, has made layoffs at its headquarters and other locations. The company is owned by Red Hat co-founder Bob Young. Nine positions were cut in Raleigh and an undisclosed number of positions will be affected at other operations, Lulu said.


Hamilton FD Ohio – Possible 2 Closing – 17 Layoffs

A study by public safety consultants Berkshire Advisors Inc. recommended a number of changes to improve efficiency in the Hamilton Fire Department, including increasing the workweek from 48 to 52 hours. This would reduce staff by nine firefighters and save the city $825,000 in overtime costs, according to the study. The city is projected to spend $1.1 million in overtime costs in 2012.


Dana Corporation – Warns Employees of  Poss. Layoffs

 TOLEDO, Ohio -Dana Corporation is warning its employees that there could be a large number of layoffs on the way. The Washington Times reports that Dana will likely pay $24 million over the next six years in healthcare expenses and that cost is driving the layoffs.


Mississippi County Arkansas – About 12 Layoffs

The Finance Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court slashed $1.5 million from the county’s 2013 budget, which will trigger layoffs of about a dozen employees.


The Commercial Appeal – Another Round of Layoffs?

According to the media-focused blog Mediaverse, The Commercial Appeal has suffered another rounds of layoffs. This time, the cuts involve the advertising department.


The Brattleboro Retreat – 27 Layoffs, 4 Positions Lost

Peter Albert, vice president for external affairs at the Retreat, said management decided to cut positions after reviewing third quarter revenues and expenditures. “Projecting out the fourth quarter, the year would come in at a loss,” he said.


Otsego County NY – 10 Layoffs Possible

As the rough parameters of Otsego County’s 2013 budget take shape, it appears that about 10 county jobs will be eliminated and some public services will be reduced, county Treasurer Dan Crowell said Tuesday.


World Media Enterprises Inc., the division created earlier this year by Berkshire Hathaway after it purchased most Media General Inc. newspaper properties, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, today announced it is eliminating 105 jobs, including 33 related to its decision to shutter the News & Messenger in Manassas.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - More job cuts at GE Healthcare in South Burlington– though how many is unclear. The Vermont location specializes in developing information technology for the health care industry. About 850 people worked there when GE bought out IDX Systems in 2005. There have been several job cuts since then, including at least two others earlier this year.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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GotSomeKids
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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I understand that, but if a business is taxed more and more and cost of operations increase on top of that, they can't afford to keep on all the employees, or at least not at the rate they use to.

It's just like a family.  When the cost of operating (cost of living for families) goes up and your pay income does not, then you have to make cuts to survive.

Quoting lga1965:

If business owners cared about their business and their employees, they wouldn't let people go...
You're right.


Quoting emeraldangel2.0:

obama is still to blame? i don't think he's putting a gun to these people's head and telling them to lay off these people

no, i still place the blame where it BELONGS:

coporations who are owned by selfish, greedy bastards


GotSomeKids
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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Lay-off were going on LONG before 2008.  Look back into the 80's, 90's and the early millenia (sp??  please don't bash me).  There were many, many companies going bankrupt.  The problem now is, we (nation, government, society....whoever) are not creating the right environment for innovation, business and job growth.  Doesn't look like it is going to be anytime soon either.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting Sweet_Britt:

I wonder if Repubs paid any attention to layoffs, ever cared, or realized how often businesses go in cycles....until they had Obama to blame for them.....

 Yup. I have been laid off --twice, since 1960--and got a new job both times. It never occurred to me to blame a president and I don't think there is any reason to blame THIS President, especially since the economy tanked in 2008, before he was even elected.The layoffs started in 2008....


JazzyMommyx3
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I was damn good at my job lol...and worked my ass off. But it was hard. The one good thing is if you dont make min wage p/h you get that hour at it.. so here it was $7.25 so all I needed to make was $5 an hour for them to be able to pay me $2.13 but that doesnt equal out to much in the long run if thats all your getting. plus theres ways around that for the resturants.

Quoting SunFlower700:

I don't know how you did it 7 years.  Employers in the food industry should at least be able to pay their employees minimum wage.


Quoting JazzyMommyx3:

I was a waitress for 7 years the most I was paid was $2.50 and that was raises from $2.13... servers havent had a federal raise in about 16 years.
And sadly people dont understand that, tipping gets lower and our wage stays the same yet cost of living keeps going up. :/



Quoting SunFlower700:


I have to agree.  Earlier this year in another CM forum, there was a discussion about going to restaurants and tipping.  I was shocked to see that in the U.S. a lot of the waitresses and waiters make about $3.80 an hour.  They rely on tips to make up for that other $6.70 an hour.  Apple pays their outsourced workers in China more money than that.



Quoting shygrl3cccm:

Companies who can't afford to provide health care to their employees should not be in business.


 



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jcrew6
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Yet, you never critique the grammatical errors of liberals. Did you learn the definition of biased in English class?


Quoting lga1965:

I'm not a Liberal. I stayed awake in English classes in school. It looks like you slept right through. But.....I guess its cool to mess up. Right?



Quoting rocketracer:




Quoting lga1965:

Layoffs. Not layoff's. No apostrophe needed to make it plural.


Why is it that conservative people who dislike the President can't use correct grammar .......


Is a lack of education leading to conservatives' misunderstanding and misjudgment of politics and politicians?


It seems that might be true. It happens a lot.





I guess liberals never make typos....I'll fix the typo in honor of your anal grammar hang-ups.


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cammibear
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM
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Wow, Iga. While you are correcting one's apostrophe error...you make an apostrophe error yourself.

It looks like she wasn't the only one that slept through English. lol

What's the saying...Pride comes before a fall? ;)


Quoting lga1965:

I'm not a Liberal. I stayed awake in English classes in school. It looks like you slept right through. But.....I guess its cool to mess up. Right?



Quoting rocketracer:




Quoting lga1965:

Layoffs. Not layoff's. No apostrophe needed to make it plural.


Why is it that conservative people who dislike the President can't use correct grammar .......


Is a lack of education leading to conservatives' misunderstanding and misjudgment of politics and politicians?


It seems that might be true. It happens a lot.





I guess liberals never make typos....I'll fix the typo in honor of your anal grammar hang-ups.


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rocketracer
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:29 AM

A liberal teacher name calling/throwing around slurs.....nice...

Quoting autodidact:

I'm a liberal teacher, and my homeschooled kid has had better spelling and grammar skills since he was 6 than the majority of teabaggers I've seen posting online.  

Quoting gammie:

Because of Liberal teachers, they just know how to brain wash! 

Quoting lga1965:

Layoffs. Not layoff's. No apostrophe needed to make it plural.
Why is it that conservative people who dislike the President can't use correct grammar .......
Is a lack of education leading to conservatives' misunderstanding and misjudgment of politics and politicians?
It seems that might be true. It happens a lot.




rocketracer
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:36 AM

 I understand the theory behind NAFTA, but when enacted I  foresaw what it would do the American work force.  So, yes, I cared about layoffs before Obama.  

Quoting Sweet_Britt:

I wonder if Repubs paid any attention to layoffs, ever cared, or realized how often businesses go in cycles....until they had Obama to blame for them.....


_Kissy_
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:39 AM
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All they needed was an excuse. They had every intention of doing this anyway.
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gotnothinonme
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 7:04 AM

yes, let's pretend layoffs started JUST NOW while Obama has been president. Certainly layoffs never ever occurred before! lol...oooh, and the weather! we can blame him for that! And traffic, that's his fault too dammit! I know when I'm stuck in traffic it's because of some damn Obama policy!! ohhhhhh, and commercials in the middle of my favorite shows, those weren't there BEFORE! Obama did it....lmao....this is how it works now right, just walk around and anything you don't like must be his fault- it would be easier to take seriously if it was rational and not so damn stupid.

NutHouseMomma
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 7:20 AM
Wow...I waited tables for a few years in college and made really good money. Sure my bottom line was minimal, but I made upwards of $120 + a night for four or five hours on a shift. I opted out of their healthcare because I could seek out insurance on my own for cheaper.

Quoting SunFlower700:

I don't know how you did it 7 years.  Employers in the food industry should at least be able to pay their employees minimum wage.


Quoting JazzyMommyx3:

I was a waitress for 7 years the most I was paid was $2.50 and that was raises from $2.13... servers havent had a federal raise in about 16 years.
And sadly people dont understand that, tipping gets lower and our wage stays the same yet cost of living keeps going up. :/



Quoting SunFlower700:


I have to agree.  Earlier this year in another CM forum, there was a discussion about going to restaurants and tipping.  I was shocked to see that in the U.S. a lot of the waitresses and waiters make about $3.80 an hour.  They rely on tips to make up for that other $6.70 an hour.  Apple pays their outsourced workers in China more money than that.



Quoting shygrl3cccm:

Companies who can't afford to provide health care to their employees should not be in business.


 



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