Mike: I hope you all had a fine weekend. The flu is taking center stage this Monday and I’m sure all of you have heard the latest news, but here are few links to get some additional flu information:

Q: What is swine flu?

via Questions And Answers: Symptoms and Information About Swine Flu – washingtonpost.com.


– Nobody panic. The government may be spending its last dime on the bailout package, but it’s apparently filthy rich with stockpiles of Tamiflu. We’ve been told that officials can mobilize ventilators on the turn of a dime (which is supposed to be reassuring). And the cases of swine flu confirmed at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens appear, so far, to be relatively mild.


Mike: Obama must not think this is a cause for alarm, since he was out golfing on Sunday. Everyone needs a break now and then, but the timing of this shows a lack of concern about a quite serious flu situation. I think that those who make it to the top of either corporate of government entities become disconnected from the people they are appointed or elected to serve. They are crowded by the safe, wealthy and elite that don’t feel the same pain or anguish that affects the average citizen. They are secluded from reality and take on a nonchalant attitude toward lethal or potentially lethal disasters. Does anyone remember Bush and Katrina?



obamaWe are closely monitoring the emerging cases of swine flu in the United States,” Mr. Obama said, speaking at the National Academy of Sciences. “This is obviously the cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert, but it’s not a cause for alarm.”

via Obama Says Swine Flu ‘Not a Cause for Alarm’ – The Caucus Blog – NYTimes.com.

via The Associated Press: Obama gets in a round of golf on a sunny morning.


Katrina hits Gulf Coast states on August 29. Tuesday, August 30 – 2PM CDT — PRESIDENT BUSH PLAYS GUITAR WITH COUNTRY SINGER MARK WILLIS [AP]

via Think Progress » KATRINA TIMELINE .






Mike; While I don’t plan to panic or change my usual behaviors, I will be using my Purell antibacterial  l with greater frequency, even if it’s only marginally helpful in preventing transmission.

What I found odd was I typed “flu” into Google search and 90% of the stories that appeared were about how this flu bug is affecting stock markets and company profits, while little is found to give people the news they need to know in order to prevent transmission or prepare for the possibility of contracting the flu. It shows that media is more concerned about corporate profits than public health.


The economic calendar for Monday is light for unemployment news, but there is still the matter of the survival of the auto manufacturers. Chrysler has reached an agreement with it’s US and Canadian unions detailing salary and benefits reductions, which were required by Fiat if they were to partner with Chrysler. At least Chrysler is likely to survive in some form and hopefully GM can do the same, but they will never be the great companies they once were and that’s a shame.

via Chrysler strikes deals with unions – Los Angeles Times.


-DETROIT – General Motors Corp. said it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half GM’s government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid.

via GM to cut 21,000 US factory jobs, shed Pontiac.


– DETROIT — General Motors Corp. [GM-N] said it will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year, phase out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half GM’s government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid.

via reportonbusiness.com: GM scraps 21,000 jobs, Pontiac.



Mike Thompson - Apr 27

Mike Thompson - Apr 27



Mike: The following article is very important when considering how stimulus funds are supposed to create US jobs. Unfortunately, the main stream media plays no role in bringing people the truth about companies sending millions of jobs overseas. I am not a protectionist, but I get riled when I see companies suck billions from taxpayers and then send the jobs created by the taxpayer offshore. I would propose that ANY company that takes ANY federal, state or local stimulus be stripped of those stimulus funds if they send jobs offshore. Why should the US taxpayer pay to send jobs offshore? For companies that do so it’s unethical, dishonest and a theft of taxpayer dollars

– BANGALORE: As the Obama government gets ready to raise a protectionist wall against offshoring, the US firms seem to be shipping more jobs to India.

The US firms have offshored 22,000 green technology jobs to India since January 1, 2009, Doug Brown, co-author of the influential 2009 Green Outsourcing Report, informed TNIE.

“We see the (green job offshoring) trend increasing as the US and the UK outsourcing buyers are seeking lower cost in labour and energy consumption. There are few suppliers who match credentials and outcomes of Indian firms,” he said.

via US offshores 22,000 green jobs to India .




Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News


apple1– Verizon (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year, people familiar with the situation say.

General Economic News


– Employers took 2,933 mass layoff actions in March that resulted in the separation of 299,388 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits filed during the month.

via Chart: Mass layoff events by month since Jan. 2001 .


– Chrysler cleared a major hurdle in its bid to stave off bankruptcy by reaching key labor deals Sunday with its unions in the U.S. and Canada.

A tentative pact with the United Auto Workers — details were undisclosed — came just hours after membership of the Canadian Auto Workers union ratified a deal late Sunday that could save Chrysler close to $200 million a year.

via Chrysler strikes deals with unions – Los Angeles Times.



Marshall Ramsey - Apr 27

Marshall Ramsey - Apr 27



Mike: So the feds/taxpayer give JPMC billions in bailout and a “lucky” state will be giving them millions in tax breaks to get back a small percentage of the jobs they cut last year. The theft from the taxpayer continues unabated. Banks the size of JPMC should be dismantled into smaller entities so their size cannot be too big to fail

– The state of Ohio has approved awarding JPMorgan Chase approximately $13 million in tax incentives that could bring 1,150 jobs to the area. The bank hasn’t formally committed to doing so just yet and is considering incentives from other states.

via The Columbus Dispatch : JPMorgan Chase offered tax incentives to add 1,150 jobs in central Ohio.


– DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Thrift-driven Americans are fixing up, making do and reusing so much to cope with the recession that the drop in throwaways means less fill for landfills.

To deal with the drop-off in dropoffs, landfills are laying off workers, reducing hours of operation and hiking disposal fees, with the increases passed along to cities, businesses and consumers.

via Consumers reuse, repair: landfills hurt.



Government Layoff News


– The Lucia Mar Unified School District eliminated close to 56 nonteaching positions Tuesday night.

via Lucia Mar makes more than 50 job cuts.


– Gresham-Barlow will eliminate 115 positions next year to cut 10 percent from its budget, Superintendent John Miner said in presenting the school district’s budget.

via Gresham-Barlow School district will cut 115 jobs next year The layoffs will be made in an effort to cut 10 percent from the budget – OregonLive.com.


– The Ashland County Clerk of Court’s office has reduced hours for its nine full-time employees to deal with a $21,652 cut to its legal department and a $10,300 cut to the title department.

via Times-Gazette.com – Clerk’s office cuts hours to avoid worker layoffs.


– Tiffin Mayor James Boroff previously announced reductions in hours for some employees and an initial round of layoffs, including one police officer. Most of those changes were set to take affect about next Sunday. The latest announcement outlines a broader set of cuts, with the additional layoffs or pay reductions to take affect sometime between May 3 and May 17.



US and some Canada Layoff News



– TOLEDO, Ohio — The University of Toledo will layoff additional employees, across all UT campuses. We’ll find out next week just how many people are being laid off.

University President Lloyd Jacobs sent a letter out stating that notices will be issued starting next week, ONN affiliate WTOL reported.

via WBNS 10TV : University Of Toledo To Announce More Layoffs – WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio’s News Leader.


hanes– Winston-Salem — Hanesbrands announced today that it will layoff 500 employees in corporate management and distribution. Approximately 200 of those workers are based in Winston-Salem.



newspaper6– The Morning News has laid off nine workers in its newsroom, in addition to cuts in other departments within the paper.

via Local Newspaper Forced to Layoff Workers – KFSM.


– FALLS CREEK -The economy has led the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority to eliminate the positions of marketing director and line serviceman. Additionally, the authority’s nine remaining employees were cut back to a 35-hour work week.

via Courier-Express/Tri-County – Airport authority cuts jobs, hours.


– Thursday, TRW announced it will permanently close its manufacturing plant in the Village of Ettrick in Trempealeau County. Around 75 people work at the plant, which makes auto parts. The village president says the plant once employed around 300 people, which is more than half of Ettrick’s population.

via Plant Closing Devastates Western Wisconsin Community – WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports-.


-LOS ANGELES — The business magazine Portfolio is closing down and laying off more than 80 people, just two years after launching with $100 million in backing and visions of becoming a high-end rival to the likes of Fortune, Forbes and BusinessWeek.


– Lakeside Steel could shed about 30 more jobs over the next two weeks as temporary layoffs continue to plague the local steel maker.

via More layoffs at Lakeside – Welland Tribune – Ontario, CA .


yale– No more than 100 University workers will be laid off before departmental operating budgets are finalized, Vice President for Human Resources and Administration Michael Peel said.

via Yale Daily News – University layoffs will continue.


weyerh1– ABERDEEN, Wash. — Weyerhaeuser is closing its log export facility at Aberdeen, ending 54 jobs, because of the week demand for wood.

via Weyerhaeuser ending log exports from Aberdeen.


timken– CANTON, Ohio — Bearings and specialty steels maker Timken Co., which has a plant in East Knox County, indicates it will cut about 4,000 more jobs by the end of this year.

Canton, Ohio-based Timken said Monday it expects to end this year with 7,000 fewer employees than it had at the start of 2008, equivalent to a 25 percent reduction in the company’s work force. Timken announcements earlier this year suggested about 3,000 jobs had already been targeted.

via Timken indicates more job cuts coming : Business : Knoxville News Sentinel.


csx– About 200 employees or 25 percent of workforce here in Buffalo will lose their jobs. Employees are waiting to find out who will be laid off and when.

via 200 Layoffs at CSX in Buffalo | WKBW – TV Buffalo, New York | Local News .


ppg– Lexington – PPG Industries is laying off 110 people at its fiberglass plant in Lexington, according to a statement from the company.

via PPG Industries to lay off 110 employees.


police-horse– About 16 police animals – 13 dogs and three horses – could be laid off by July 1 as the Columbia Police Department struggles to make its budget.

via City may lay off four-legged officers – Local – The Sun News.



Jeff Danziger - Apr 27

Jeff Danziger - Apr 27


american-lafrance– The consolidation affects roughly 270 workers in New York and Pennsylvania. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy protection less than a year ago, said it also laid off 12 local workers.

via American LaFrance consolidates plants.


– The company issued notices Monday to 87 employees at the Pablo facility, as well as to 69 workers at its Evergreen sawmill and 130 employees at its Columbia Falls sawmill.

via Plum Creek to Permanently Close Pablo Sawmill | Flathead Beacon.


staples– Staples Promotional Products will cut 45 jobs at two Siouxland plants. On Wednesday, 23 workers in Hawarden, Iowa and 22 workers in Marcus, Iowa were given 30 days notice.

via Staples Will Cut 45 Jobs Between Two Siouxland Plants – KMEG 14 – News, Weather, Sports for Sioux City and Siouxland | .


lockheed– OWEGO – Lockheed Martin told its employees Monday that it plans to cut about 225 jobs soon with further job reductions likely in the coming months as the Defense Department budget is finalized.

via 225 jobs trimmed at Lockheed Owego, more likely to come | stargazette.com | Star-Gazette.


tv1– Columbia NBC affiliate KOMU-TV laid off four employees Monday and cut back the hours of two others.

via KOMU cuts staff, citing ad revenue decline | The Columbia Daily Tribune – Columbia, MO.


– Phenomix, the privately held San Diego biotech that Luke profiled in February, has laid off 16 employees, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

via Drug Maker Phenomix Lays Off 16 Employees | Xconomy.


bobcat– BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A state labor official says Bobcat Co. has laid off 112 workers at its Bismarck plant, with some of them getting the word as they prepared to start their shift.



International Layoff News



iveco– MILAN, April 26 (Reuters) – Fiat’s Iveco unit plans to cut about 1,000 jobs at a plant in Spain to reduce costs in the face of a severe sales slump, a spokesman for the truck division said on Sunday.

via Fiat’s Iveco truck unit to cut 1,000 jobs in Spain | Reuters .


– Macmahon Holdings Ltd has cut its profit forecast for the 2009 financial year and axed another 360 jobs, predicting a further slowdown in its mining services business following a sharp deterioration in market conditions.


– MORE than half a million pounds is to be saved by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport after 21 workers agreed to be made redundant.

via 21 jobs gone at transport company – Daily Express.


– TT&T Plc, the provincial telephone and internet provider, is laying off 10% of its total employees and relocating 700 staff to its broadband arm Triple T Broadband.

via Bangkok Post : TT&T laying off and shifting staff .


– Longford-based pet food manufacturer C&D Foods is to cut 53 full-time jobs from its plant in Edgeworthstown due to competitive pressures caused primarily by the weakness of sterling.

via C&D to cut 53 jobs in Longford – The Irish Times – Mon, Apr 27, 2009.


newspaper7– Fairfax Media is cutting another 70 jobs in New Zealand after 160 last year and is considering signing up to the Government- subsidised nine-day fortnight.

via Publishing giant to cut 70 jobs | Stuff.co.nz.


– Last week, according to company sources, an indefinite number of employees have been laid off by the company. An employee, who has been laid off says, “Last week, around 300 employees were laid off on one single day.”

via Wipro bids adieu to 300 more ‘Non-Performers.


– Twenty-two people were told yesterday they would lose their jobs as one Otago business prepared to close its doors and another was forced to prune its workforce because of declining orders.

Hiring News and News You Can Use



Mike: I placed the like to http://www.godefense.com/  on the sidebar.

– The Department of Defense employs more than 700,000 civilians in an array of critical positions worldwide, with opportunities for people from all walks of life. If a competitive salary, great benefits, unsurpassed training, and the pride of defending our nation interests you, then find your future with us.

via Careers in National Defense.


– A number of provisions to help the unemployed are included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and here’s a list of some of the major benefits. Offerings vary greatly by state, so check with your local unemployment office to find out what exactly is available to you.


Mike: Till Tuesday……………….


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