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Monday, November 9, 2009

Unhappy New Year: Sprint cutting thousands of jobs

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM


Sprint Nextel could cut as many as 2,500 jobs.

Just saw the "breaking news" from KMBC Channel 9, which says the cuts are company wide and should be done by December 31.

There's no good time for layoffs, but these reek of especially shitty timing.

This also comes on the heels of last week's announcement of "dozens" of job cuts in the wholesale division.

In January, Sprint announced that it would cut 8,000 jobs

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More layoffs coming at Sprint

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 8:31 AM


More layoffs are coming at Sprint Nextel.

This time, they're cutting "dozens" of jobs in the wholesale division, which employs 575 people.

There have probably been other layoffs that I don't recall, but in January, Sprint announced that it would shed 8,000 jobs

Sprint layoffs is always a familiar story.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Not to be outdone by American Airlines, Missouri cuts 700 jobs

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Jay Nixon dropped the ax today
  • Jay Nixon dropped the ax today

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that 700 jobs will be cut to make up for a shortfall in state tax revenues.

Prime Buzz says the cuts are on top of $430 million in budget slashing earlier this year.

Add that on top of American Airlines closing its overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport (and the announcement of 700 job cuts nationwide), and it's been a really bad day.

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American Airlines cutting 700 jobs nationwide, closing KC overhaul base

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM


More bad news on the layoffs front. American Airlines is shutting down its overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport in September 2010 and cutting 700 employees nationwide, according to reports this morning.

KMBC Channel 9 has the letter to employees announcing the shut down and layoffs, and KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reports that 500 people (450 of them union workers) work at the overhaul base.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted her feelings.

My heart goes out to the great American Airlines machinists & their families in KC that got word today that their overhaul base is closing.

Sentiments many of us share.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Hallmark cutting even more jobs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM


Hallmark is cutting more jobs -- somewhere between 225 and 250 jobs by the end of the year, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

The cuts were announced yesterday -- hopefully in person, not in sympathy card form. No word on how many jobs in Kansas City will be lost.

Add these cuts to the 750 jobs Hallmark announced in April.

There isn't a Hallmark card that'll make these cuts easy to take.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

175 workers bought out at GM's Fairfax plant

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM


General Motors bought out 175 workers at the automaker's Fairfax plant, KCTV Channel 5 reports.

The workers took the deal Monday; they were part of 6,000 buyouts.

The New York Times says the struggling auto giant will shed another 7,500 by the end of the year. And the bleeding continues.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Harley-Davidson's KC plant laying off 400, shutting down for 14 weeks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 8:13 AM


A double dose of bad news from Harley-Davidson. This fall, the motorcycle maker's Kansas City plant will lay off 400 people and shut down for 14 weeks this fall. Sorry, easy riders.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Firm's horrible name probably looks worse on a severance check

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM

A couple of months ago, local sports architecture firm, HOK Sport Venue Event, changed its name to Populus and we made fun of it because a) why change your well-known name to something that sounds like an ancient-Greek insemination device and b) is this really the economy you want to take risks with your established branding in? Men at some times are masters of their fates -- but not the company's employees.

The firm recently cut its staff -- though they won't say by how much. We

heard a rumor that it was upwards of 15, but brand manager Gina Leo

said that wasn't right. She declined to clarify, then forwarded this

statement from Populous' board of directors, which she said would be the

last word on the matter:

"We are continually evaluating market conditions to position our company for long-term success. Because

certain projects have been put on hold due to current economic

conditions, we made the decision to reduce our workforce accordingly.

Our expectations for the future remain high, and these staff

adjustments will allow us to maintain a healthy, well positioned design


Ah, public relations, you are indeed an art. We kill so that we may live.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hallmark cutting between 200 and 250 jobs in Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM


About a year ago, we wrote about Hallmark blaming layoffs on competition while banking $4.4 billion in revenues. That story seems just as relevant today since Hallmark announced it will cut between 550 and 750 jobs in the U.S. -- reportedly between 200 and 250 jobs at Hallmark's KC headquarters -- over the next six months. Hallmark cited falling sales as revenue dropped 2 percent to $4.3 billion.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Layoffs Suck: Jake Lea, 19

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 1:49 PM


First the bad news: Jake Lea was recently laid off from the  TransGlobal LLC plant, which installs customer options like spoilers onto Ford vehicles fresh off the Claycomo assembly line.

Now the good news: Lea is just 19. He's got his whole life ahead of him!  A groggy but amiable Lea, who was still in bed when he answered his phone, discussed topics ranging from his newly acquired unemployed status to his packed schedule of chillaxin'.

At TransGlobal, "I was in shipping and receiving. Ford vehicles," Lea says. "I was the only one who worked the actual job on the lot outside."

A few days before he was let go, Lea says he and his boss had discussed the layoffs that everyone knew were coming after the Claycomo plant began instituting periodic plant closures. "The really fucked up thing about it was, four days before I got laid off, my boss was outside talking to me, and he said, 'I gotta say you're probably the best man we've ever had on this lot. I don't think you're going anywhere,'" Lea says.

But a few days later, Lea got the axe. Lea was lucky to have the job at TransGlobal in the first place, having skipped ahead of a waiting list for the position thanks to a well-connected friend, Lea says.

Getting laid off from TransGlobal was just one more blow in a succession of nut-kickings that life has dealt Lea in the past six months. "Before this, I was fitting and hanging pipe for sprinkler systems in Excelsior Springs," Lea says. "That was a big mess, because I was, like, dating my boss's daughter, and then we broke up, and I had to see that man everyday."

Before that, last July 4th, Lea got a DUI after partying in Smithville. And before that, Lea left the Metropolitan Community College at Maple Woods in Liberty, having screwed up his second-semester grades sufficiently for academic probation, which compromises Lea's Pell grant.

"Right now, I'm at a complete standstill," Lea says. "It sucks. It's been a huge mess trying to get a job to save up for school so I can get back into it. I had to sell my car so I'm catching rides with friends. It's rough but you gotta fucking smile. Or whatever."

How does he keep smiling? "Fruity Pebbles," he says cheerfully. "The occasional brewski."

For now, Lea's got a line on a job spraying on tans at a salon in Parkville, thanks to a friend. He laughs at the thought. "If she (the friend) can do that, I'll be grateful," he says. He's filled out another 25 applications while under the impatient eye of his probation officer from the DUI incident. "He's like, 'Get a job,'" Lea says. He knows. But it's rough out there.

All this, plus 10 bills in the mail and a breakup with another, more recent

girlfriend (whose face is blurred out in the photo above) -- it's

enough to turn Lea into a weepy country crooner. Fortunately, he's a musician, too. "I was actually thinking of going to the Plaza and playing my guitar with the case open, if worse comes to worst," Lea says. "I'm trying to get this band together right now, called Ladies. I think it's a great idea. Kind of indie/folk, like Pixies style. It's kinda rough, though, because everybody's busy all the time and so flaky. But I'm just writing my little heart out."

Lea's agenda for today is a relaxed one. "As you can see, I'm waking up at 11:30," he says. "I'm probably gonna watch some Don't Be a Menace. I'll walk the yard and pick up some trash from the party we had here the other night. My computer crashed, so I'll probably try to fix that. It is Friday, so I'll probably go to my friends' house, get a little wasted. Kinda sucks, but that's life." He takes a ponderous pause. "Maybe I won't walk the yard, maybe I'll do some laundry, take a shower." He laughs at his own indecisiveness. "I'll take it second by second."

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