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April 2, 2010
Rising factory output and a decline in the pace of layoffs are giving economists confidence that the U.S. recovery has staying power. The government is expected to report today that the economy added jobs in March for only the second time since December 2007. Still, job creation is likely to remain weak for years to come, in part because U.S. factories have become more efficient, producing more goods with fewer workers. On top of that, the sector's contribution to the overall economy has been shrinking for decades due to competition from China and other low-wage countries.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
More than 300 people will lose jobs in Columbia with the shutdown of the Nielsen Audio call center, part of the consolidation of media ratings company Nielsen Holdings and former competitor Arbitron Inc., according to a notice filed with the state. The 325 job cuts, expected by the end of August, come on top of 333 layoffs announced last November at the former Arbitron headquarters. When Nielsen's $1.3 billion acquisition of Arbitron was announced in 2012, Arbitron employed nearly 1,000 full-time workers nationwide, including 640 full-time employees and 220 part-time workers in Columbia.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | February 6, 2010
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen told city employees Thursday that furloughs and layoffs are likely during the next few months in order to close a projected $9 million budget gap. Despite a number of cost-cutting measures that his administration has taken since he took office in December, the job cuts are necessary because of the city's "unprecedented budget crisis," said Cohen, a Democrat. The city faces a projected $2.6 million deficit for the fiscal year ending in June, and a $6.4 million deficit for fiscal year 2011.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | April 8, 2014
Baltimore city school officials presented Tuesday a budget scenario that could call for "considerable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools" if a $31 million deficit is not closed. In a presentation to the city school board, which can be viewed here , school officials unveiled the first draft of how revenues and expenditures are shaping up for next year. The actual budget for fiscal year 2015 will not be presented until next month, when it also has to be adopted.
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March 28, 2014
Dear Colleagues, I am writing today to update you on the stateside measures the university is taking to address the financial pressures caused by continued enrollment declines. In addition to cutting departmental operating budgets, some personnel actions are necessary. Approximately 70 staff layoffs and contract non-renewals have taken place or will take place. In some departments, new positions are being posted, and employees impacted by the layoffs are encouraged to apply. As a result, it is likely that a smaller number of staff overall will be impacted by these personnel actions.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. is warning state regulators that it will close an Aberdeen office over the summer and lay off 52 employees. The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said it was notified by the company that the shutdown of an information-technology operation serving Aberdeen Proving Ground would begin July 15 and end by Sept. 15. General Dynamics said Monday that its contract to provide IT trainers to an Army school on base is ending as a result of the nationwide base realignment and closure effort.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Saks Inc. warned state regulators Wednesday that it plans to lay off 191 employees in Aberdeen starting Jan. 3, a move the company said comes as a result of its November acquisition by Hudson's Bay Co. Some of the work at the Saks complex, which includes a distribution facility, will be moved to HBC's Wilkes-Barre, Pa., site. The Toronto-based HBC said in a statement that combining merchandise receiving and processing in one location would serve customers "by getting product to stores faster.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Nielsen, which acquired Columbia-based Arbitron in September, confirmed Thursday that it is laying off employees but would not say how many. The company said it is restructuring its Nielsen Audio division as a result of the merger, giving no details about the number of workers affected, the timing or the locations. "Nielsen is implementing changes across the company to enhance growth and to align our resources to meet and exceed client needs," the New York-based company said in its brief statement.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
A convenience-store supplier warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 112 employees in Baltimore, the state said Friday. Eby-Brown's reduction plan was one of two recent layoff warnings the state received. MV Transportation, which provides paratransit and other transportation services to governments, groups and companies, told the state that it would close its Waldorf division beginning late October and lay off the 68 people working at the Southern Maryland location. Eby-Brown's layoffs will start Nov. 2, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2010
The Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County is offering temporary, voluntary layoffs to "a small number of its employees," said company spokeswoman Elizabeth "Bette" Kovach. She would not give a specific number of layoffs but said the company is still accepting volunteers. Russian steelmaker Severstal, which bought Sparrows Point in 2008, has been looking for ways to cut costs as its U.S. operations have dragged down earnings. The union that represents 2,500 employees at the plant received a draft proposal in the fall from Severstal detailing a restructuring that could impact as many as one-third of the jobs at the plant.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Sam Brice, a senior engineer who works for the city of Annapolis, told the mayor and city council Monday that residents expect a high level of service from local government. That, he said, requires employees who cost money. "Your employees are your most valuable asset," Brice said. "You have to cherish them and take care of them. " His comment came at a hearing on the first budget proposed by the new mayor, Mike Pantelides - a $96.6 million operating plan that proposes 13 layoffs, eliminates 20 vacant positions and imposes furloughs for all employees.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
The management of the Sheraton Baltimore City Center warned the state Tuesday that it expects to lay off the majority of its workforce by the end of May and the large Fayette Street hotel could close. The notice filed with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation by Crossroads Hospitality Management Co. said about 110 people could be affected by the May layoffs and a final decision about the hotel's status depends on the outcome of contract negotiations with the hotel's labor force.
NEWS
March 28, 2014
Dear Colleagues, I am writing today to update you on the stateside measures the university is taking to address the financial pressures caused by continued enrollment declines. In addition to cutting departmental operating budgets, some personnel actions are necessary. Approximately 70 staff layoffs and contract non-renewals have taken place or will take place. In some departments, new positions are being posted, and employees impacted by the layoffs are encouraged to apply. As a result, it is likely that a smaller number of staff overall will be impacted by these personnel actions.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The University of Maryland University College announced Friday that it would lay off 70 employees — the latest problem to hit the school that caters to nontraditional students, including members of the military, the federal government and working adults. The layoffs, which began earlier this week, come as declining enrollments have triggered a loss of revenue. They will affect staff "across the board" in departments at the Adelphi and Largo campuses but not faculty members, UMUC spokesman Bob Ludwig said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Members of the Baltimore County police union have overwhelmingly approved a new two-year contract. Employees ratified the agreement by a vote of 1,057-45, according to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4. The deal guarantees no layoffs or furloughs through June 2016. Under the agreement, officers hired after July 1 will contribute 10 percent of their base pay toward their pensions, an amount higher than that of current employees. It also provides 3 percent bonus in November and a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in July 2015.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides proposed a budget Monday night that lays off 13 employees, keeps 20 positions vacant and requires worker furloughs. Pantelides proposed his budget before a full house at Annapolis City Hall during Monday's regular city council meeting. Pantelides' proposal includes a $96.6 million operating budget and a $15.8 million capital budget. The mayor said his budget does not raise taxes. This is the first budget proposed by Pantelides, a Republican who beat incumbent Democrat Josh Cohen by 59 votes in November.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2010
Aramark is warning state regulators that it will lay off 84 employees at the end of December if its custodial and housekeeping contract at Towson University is not renewed. The Philadelphia-based firm regularly issues such warnings as its contracts near an end. Aramark recently learned that its contract to provide food and retail services at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will not be renewed for next year. jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com http://twitter.com/realestatewonk
NEWS
October 24, 2011
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s plan to cut 800 jobs from its Linthicum-based Electronics Systems division is just another example in a long line of business decisions resulting from the manifest anti-business sentiment in Annapolis. Northrop Grumman is the largest private employer in Anne Arundel County but only the third largest employer overall. Guess who are 1 and 2? As long as we continue to allow government, which advises, regulates, and plans and produces absolutely nothing, to interfere more and more in the sectors that actually produce jobs and economic growth, we can expect more of the same - businesses high-tailing it for friendlier environs.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Union officials warned Thursday that as many as 200 maintenance workers and building monitors at Baltimore's public housing properties could lose their jobs under a plan intended to infuse the buildings with private money. Employees such as maintenance mechanic Lucky Crosby Sr., who has worked for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for a decade, say they took the jobs with the understanding that the pay was relatively low, but the work was secure. "By working for the Housing Authority, we joined the credit union so we could buy homes that we have to finance," said Crosby, 46, of Sandtown-Winchester.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
A Mississippi-based Anheuser-Busch wholesaler has agreed to purchase Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, and an interest in F. P. Winner Ltd., a distributor in Maryland for brands such as Corona, Pabst and Sierra Nevada. Mitchell Distributing did not disclose terms of the deal. It plans to operate both Winner and F.P. Winner from a single warehouse instead of two separate facilities. Winner had notified Maryland's labor department in late January that it was laying off 125 workers at the end of February and closing the warehouse on Canton Center Drive in eastern Baltimore County.
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