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November 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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 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.


  • shygrl3cccm
    November 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
    Companies who can't afford to provide health care to their employees should not be in business.
  • rocketracer
    November 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Liberal or not.  Everyone messes up now and then.  It shows the true character of a person when that person admits to their mistake(s).  It also says something about the character of a person when that person likes to attack other people.  No biggie...not much bothers me...

    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.

  • stacymomof2
    November 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    That really sucks, getting the news right before the holidays.

    A quick glance at this list, though, proves that these layoffs are not a result of any government policy but situations specific to the companies.  

  • gammie
    by gammie
    November 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Sorry but you just don't understand. It's about survivoring paying employe's, rent, taxes, buying things they need, if you could make a lot of money by just hanging a open sign we would all be doing it!

    You  must be young and are easlaly fooled by politistions telling you the rich do nothing!  

    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

  • rocketracer
    November 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Quoting shygrl3cccm:

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

    The number one priority of a business isn't to provide health care.

  • gammie
    by gammie
    November 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    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.

  • gammie
    by gammie
    November 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    You must be joking?

    Quoting shygrl3cccm:

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

  • autodidact
    November 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    right, because the Democrats caused Sandy by letting gays marry. 

    Quoting Natesmom507:

    All because of Obama's policies.

  • littlesippycup
    November 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    How sad and scary. I remember when my husband was laid off. It was really hard. We're just now doing better 3 years later and even then he's back at the bottom of the ladder. He's working a completely different career. I'm so grateful he's so adaptable.

  • Sweet_Britt
    November 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    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.....

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