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October 10, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A San Francisco-based engineering-advisory firm, URS Corp., said Thursday it has furloughed 3,000 employees because of the partial government shutdown and more employees could be affected if the stalemate in Washington drags on. URS said that those furloughed include workers idled by the closure of the government facility where they work. They have also reduced staffing levels at the direction of the government, the company said in a statement. " The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration, and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors,” said  H. Thomas Hicks , URS'  chief financial officer.
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February 18, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems. Donna Busche, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., said executives at the company told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct” before she was escorted out of the company's offices at the site in central Washington. The company denied that her dismissal was punitive or connected to her criticism of the project.
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BUSINESS
May 6, 1999 | Bloomberg News
URS Corp., one of the country's largest design and engineering firms, said it will acquire Los Angeles-based engineering and construction company Dames & Moore Group for about $300 million in cash in a deal that will create a global engineering giant. URS said it will pay $16 a share for Dames & Moore, or a 30% premium to Dames & Moore's closing price of $12.31 on the New York Stock Exchange. The acquisition was announced after the close of U.S. markets.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | By Shan Li and Ricardo Lopez
It might seem like a paid vacation for the 500,000 federal workers on furlough. They've been out of work since last week and were promised back pay once a budget is passed and the government reopens. But for many rank-and-file employees who live paycheck to paycheck, the shutdown is proving to be a massive financial headache. Some say their savings have been wiped out after a three-year pay freeze and a previous round of furloughs during the summer. The nation's ideological battle over healthcare and spending is hitting these workers in the pocketbook.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1987 | C. A. WEDLAN
URS Corp. said it opened an office in Long Beach to provide architectural, planning and design services for health-care industry, corporate and industrial businesses. URS is based in San Mateo, Calif.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating alleged stock manipulation by an engineering firm whose biggest stockholder is Richard C. Blum--the husband of Dianne Feinstein and the chief financial backer of her campaign for governor, records show.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Two U.S. senators angered by the firing of whistle-blower Walter Tamosaitis from the contaminated Hanford, Wash., nuclear site sharply criticized the U.S. secretary of Energy on Wednesday.  Tamosaitis, an engineer, had raised safety concerns two years ago about the design of a plant that is intended to turn radioactive waste into glass. After that, San Francisco-based URS Corp. took away his staff and assigned him to a basement office without furniture or a telephone. Last week, Tamosaitis was laid off in what the company called a cost-cutting move.
NEWS
October 11, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission may censure a company whose largest shareholder is Richard C. Blum, the husband of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dianne Feinstein, but the agency has no reason to cite Blum personally, according to Blum's lawyer. The company, San Francisco-based URS Corp., disclosed in a quarterly financial statement last month that it was being investigated by the SEC. "They (the SEC) may bring a proceeding about the company," Blum's lawyer, Michael R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2002 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles school officials are proposing that $33 million in contracts be awarded to a joint venture that was criticized two years ago for letting the management costs for campus repairs soar. In addition, one firm in that joint venture recently was dismissed from a large school modernization job in Maryland amid complaints of lax supervision. Three contracts on the Los Angeles Unified School District board's agenda today would go to the joint venture of 3DInternational Inc. and URS Corp.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems. Donna Busche, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., said executives at the company told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct” before she was escorted out of the company's offices at the site in central Washington. The company denied that her dismissal was punitive or connected to her criticism of the project.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A San Francisco-based engineering-advisory firm, URS Corp., said Thursday it has furloughed 3,000 employees because of the partial government shutdown and more employees could be affected if the stalemate in Washington drags on. URS said that those furloughed include workers idled by the closure of the government facility where they work. They have also reduced staffing levels at the direction of the government, the company said in a statement. " The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration, and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors,” said  H. Thomas Hicks , URS'  chief financial officer.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Two U.S. senators angered by the firing of whistle-blower Walter Tamosaitis from the contaminated Hanford, Wash., nuclear site sharply criticized the U.S. secretary of Energy on Wednesday.  Tamosaitis, an engineer, had raised safety concerns two years ago about the design of a plant that is intended to turn radioactive waste into glass. After that, San Francisco-based URS Corp. took away his staff and assigned him to a basement office without furniture or a telephone. Last week, Tamosaitis was laid off in what the company called a cost-cutting move.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation's largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. On Wednesday, Tamosaitis, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., was laid off from his job after 44 years with the company. The concerns that Tamosaitis raised two years ago about the design of the waste treatment plant, a $12.3-billion industrial complex that would turn highly radioactive sludge into glass, were validated by federal investigators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2002 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles school officials are proposing that $33 million in contracts be awarded to a joint venture that was criticized two years ago for letting the management costs for campus repairs soar. In addition, one firm in that joint venture recently was dismissed from a large school modernization job in Maryland amid complaints of lax supervision. Three contracts on the Los Angeles Unified School District board's agenda today would go to the joint venture of 3DInternational Inc. and URS Corp.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1999 | Bloomberg News
URS Corp., one of the country's largest design and engineering firms, said it will acquire Los Angeles-based engineering and construction company Dames & Moore Group for about $300 million in cash in a deal that will create a global engineering giant. URS said it will pay $16 a share for Dames & Moore, or a 30% premium to Dames & Moore's closing price of $12.31 on the New York Stock Exchange. The acquisition was announced after the close of U.S. markets.
NEWS
October 11, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission may censure a company whose largest shareholder is Richard C. Blum, the husband of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dianne Feinstein, but the agency has no reason to cite Blum personally, according to Blum's lawyer. The company, San Francisco-based URS Corp., disclosed in a quarterly financial statement last month that it was being investigated by the SEC. "They (the SEC) may bring a proceeding about the company," Blum's lawyer, Michael R.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | By Shan Li and Ricardo Lopez
It might seem like a paid vacation for the 500,000 federal workers on furlough. They've been out of work since last week and were promised back pay once a budget is passed and the government reopens. But for many rank-and-file employees who live paycheck to paycheck, the shutdown is proving to be a massive financial headache. Some say their savings have been wiped out after a three-year pay freeze and a previous round of furloughs during the summer. The nation's ideological battle over healthcare and spending is hitting these workers in the pocketbook.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation's largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. On Wednesday, Tamosaitis, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., was laid off from his job after 44 years with the company. The concerns that Tamosaitis raised two years ago about the design of the waste treatment plant, a $12.3-billion industrial complex that would turn highly radioactive sludge into glass, were validated by federal investigators.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating alleged stock manipulation by an engineering firm whose biggest stockholder is Richard C. Blum--the husband of Dianne Feinstein and the chief financial backer of her campaign for governor, records show.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1987 | C. A. WEDLAN
URS Corp. said it opened an office in Long Beach to provide architectural, planning and design services for health-care industry, corporate and industrial businesses. URS is based in San Mateo, Calif.
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