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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday said unions representing city workers would need to make major concessions to avoid widespread layoffs, including possibly deferring raises, cutting work hours and paying more for retirement benefits. The mayor told reporters that the city is expected to face a $530-million shortfall in the 2009-10 budget year and that 2,800 workers would be laid off unless the unions agree to "shared responsibility and shared sacrifice."
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BUSINESS
November 28, 2000 | Reuters
A record number of job cuts were announced in the Internet industry in November, surpassing the 5,677 cuts seen in October by 55%, according to a report by recruitment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Since last December, when Challenger began tracking "dot-com" job cuts, about 31,056 jobs have been trimmed in the sector. The total for November was 8,789 jobs. The layoffs occurred at 383 companies, of which 20% have gone out of business.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1996 | From Reuters
American businesses cut 230,350 jobs in the first five months of the year, the fastest rate of the decade, according to a survey released Monday by an international outplacement firm. But layoffs in May fell sharply from a year earlier, as staff cuts at several large corporations apparently boosted profits and certain industries face labor shortages, said Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER
St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard has started laying off employees and plans to continue to do so throughout the week, although officials Tuesday refused to say how many jobs will be lost. "There's going to be layoffs occurring every day this week," said hospital spokeswoman Rita Schumacher. The hospital "is just not prepared to release any numbers yet."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1990 | MARY HELEN BERG
City plans for the development of 12,350 acres in East Orange will not be affected by recently announced layoffs by the Irvine Co., a city planner said. The Irvine Co. said last week that it will lay off 11% of its work force and delay major projects due to the current economic slump. But Vernon Jones, community planner for the city, said that Irvine Co. personnel working on the East Orange project will not be affected by the layoffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council leaders have begun laying the groundwork for the elimination of 1,000 more jobs by July 1 in an attempt to eradicate a budget shortfall that has now ballooned to nearly $200 million. Only one month after 2,400 city employees were offered early retirement to help patch a budget gap, the mayor and five council members are scheduled to instruct their budget analysts as early as today to prepare for layoffs and look at privatizing city-owned parking garages, golf courses and airports in Van Nuys and Ontario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles City Council committee came up with a plan Tuesday to avoid laying off more than 200 city workers at least until Jan. 1, thanks in part to a last-minute discovery of new tax revenues. By realizing an additional $5.8 million in higher than expected property taxes and trimming money from city departments and contracts with outside consultants, the council's Budget and Finance Committee was able to put on hold a plan by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to eliminate 669 positions, 209 of which are currently filled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The issuing by the Sacramento City Unified School District of potential layoff notices to dozens of veteran teachers because they haven't earned a special credential to teach English-language learners has some crying foul. Teachers and their union representatives said the school board made an arbitrary decision to change the deadline for earning the credential, placing teachers with decades of experience in danger of losing their jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | BERT ELJERA and MARTIN MILLER
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered Westminster officials to reinstate five firefighters who were laid off as part of the city's efforts to streamline its budget. Judge Robert E. Thomas ordered that firefighters Billie Nelson, Paul Sanchez, Richard Brandt, James Keehn and Tim Creed, who were laid off Friday, be reinstated immediately. In addition, the judge ordered that city officials not remove a firetruck from Station No. 2 on Moran Street or from any other fire station.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Energy Department is cutting operations and the chief contractor is laying off its staff at the desert site where the government plans to build a national nuclear waste repository, officials said in Las Vegas. "The tunnel is closed," Yucca Mountain project and Energy Department spokesman Allen Benson said, attributing the moves to cuts in congressional funding for the repository. Entry to the site's underground tunnel will be restricted to a skeleton staff of technicians and maintenance workers, Benson said.
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