June 1, 2012 |
It's a common refrain in this economy: American workers are undereducated, unmotivated and probably even on drugs. Companies use the decline of the American worker as a common reason for not filling jobs, saying they would hire, if they could find the right worker. “I would hire people and train them if they could pass the drug test,” said Keith Mosing, the president of Houston-based Frank's International, in an interview about a lack of available workers in Louisiana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1992
As a student involved in the UC San Diego's teacher education program, I'd like to respond to Robert Anderson's letter (Aug. 2) concerning an article on minority hiring (July 27). Anderson seems convinced that the hiring practices at Mira Mesa High School and its district are "an abomination of fairness" and discriminatory against whites. What he failed to notice about the original article was that Principal Vlassis' school has a disproportionately low number of nonwhite faculty and staff, and that all of Vlassis' identified potential candidates for the four open positions at his school were white.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001
I didn't become a cop to get rich. So what do I care if we get pay parity and the 3% at 50 [which would allow deputies to retire after 25 years at age 50 and receive 75% of their salary] during this contract negotiation? I became a cop to help people. My wife and kids would like me to do this without getting killed in the process. My life can often depend on my partners. As people decide to become peace officers, they compare the hiring packages departments have to offer. The Ventura County Sheriff Department's package is below average, compared with other local agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2010 |
Worried about the city's ability to get through the rest of the fiscal year, a Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Monday that the Los Angeles Police Department immediately stop hiring new officers. On a 3-1 vote, the Budget and Finance Committee called for a halt to the hiring process, which currently allows the LAPD to replace those who resign or retire. The existing policy is designed to keep the number of sworn officers at 9,963 for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Councilman Bernard C. Parks said the committee made its decision after learning that the LAPD is on track to have 22 more officers than it expected because of lower than projected attrition rates.
December 31, 2009 |
2010 will not be the year the hiring floodgates open. Although certain sectors of the economy are showing signs of a thaw, employers say they plan to tread carefully in the coming year, and those that are hiring say they will wait until the second half to fill jobs. But there is hope for employees who saw hours and benefits slashed, or who took on extra responsibilities as companies tried to hold on to the talent that kept them afloat in tough times. Tom Wilson, managing director at investment management firm Brinker Capital, said unemployment was expected to decline by 1 percentage point each year as the economy recovers, meaning that by the end of 2010, unemployment would hover at about 9%. Over the last 18 months, people have "hunkered down" at their jobs, said Brian Kropp, managing director of the Corporate Leadership Council, which surveys about 300,000 employees each quarter.
February 18, 2010 |
When some of the world's best-known companies faced disputes over secondhand smoke, toxic waste in the jungle and asbestos, they all turned to the same source for a staunch defense: Exponent Inc. Now that same engineering and consulting firm has been hired by Toyota Motor Corp. as it seeks to fend off claims that sudden acceleration in its vehicles could be caused by problems in its electronic throttle systems. A 56-page report that Menlo Park, Calif.-based Exponent sent to Congress on Feb. 9 found that the system behaved as intended and that Exponent was "unable to induce . . . unintended acceleration or behavior that might be a precursor to such an event."