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Old 08-07-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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There seems to be a flurry of threads lately (such as this) harking about some great new factory being announced, supposedly thanks to Donald Trump, in spite of me pointing out that, while these announcements are good news, there is nothing all that unusual about them because similar announcements occurred while Obama was president.

The Trumpsters seem to think that all of a sudden there are these big huge amounts of economic good news that hasn't happened since ... well, maybe Reagan, or something. Perhaps Clinton at best (but of course Clinton had nothing to do with it!). Maybe a little under Bush. But definitely NOT under Obama! Even though I can produce a flurry of examples to prove otherwise.

To bring the Trumpets down to reality I thought it might be a good idea to start a layoff tracker. After all, while Breitbart is going to go gung-ho writing articles about the latest Foxconn announcement, they surely aren't going to spend much time telling their readers about the latest round of layoffs - at least they're not going to do that while Trump is president (I have little doubt they did a lot of that while Obama was president). Since Trump fans typically don't read much mainstream news they aren't going to be reading much about anything that counters the view that Donald Trump is the best thing since sliced bread. Hopefully with this thread staring them in the face they will, at least on occasion, click on the link and check it out, just out of curiosity.

Now, the reality is, every month there are millions of people who get new jobs (most of whom are job switchers, I might add), and millions of people who get fired, laid off or quit. The difference between the two is very small, and is the number the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes out with the first Friday of every month. The BLS also publishes something called the JOLTS dataset which is a bit different from the much-publicized establishment survey/unemployment rate survey, in that it tracks how many people got laid off, how many got fired, how many quit and how many got new jobs. I'm not expecting your garden variety Trumpet to follow such geeky stuff, so this thread can be a less-geeky substitute.

So, here's how we'll work this: This will be an open thread for anyone to post news in (which is why I don't want to make it a blog). The trick is to go to any news site - Google news, Bing news, Reuters, or maybe one like my new favorite Newslookup.com. Type in "layoffs" in the search box. Make sure the story is after February 1, 2017 (we'll give Trump a free week or so, just to be nice). And then post it here in a format similar to the following. Be sure to include the date!

Blue Apron to lay off over 1,200 workers at N.J. facility
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August 7, 2017 - Blue Apron, the meal-kit delivery company, plans to close a fulfillment center in the city and lay off more than 1,200 workers at the facility, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company plans to eliminate or relocate about a quarter of its workforce in October .... A total of 1,270 workers will be eliminated from the Jersey City facility, according to a notice filed with the state.
Armstrong Flooring closing Jackson plant, laying off 215
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Aug. 7, 2017 - Armstrong Flooring notified employees Monday of its decision to close the Jackson plant later this year, resulting in 215 layoffs.

“This was a difficult but necessary decision, which is designed to better align our manufacturing operations with current customer demand,” Armstrong Flooring communications manager Stephen Trapnell said.
^ Both of those are just from today! Making America Great Again???

When you do your search be sure to filter by date (Google's new news page sucks in that regard, I recommend Bing or Newslookup.com or maybe UPI). And please read the ones already posted above you, we don't want any duplicates to make things look worse than they are.

So if you have nothing to do at work, or are perusing the local news and read about a new layoff, or are sipping your morning coffee while reading the news and want to have a bit of fun, do a news search for "layoffs" and put them here!
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Lowe's to lay off delivery workers across the country
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Friday, 4 Aug 2017 - Earlier this summer, Lowe's laid off around 125 corporate tech workers, mostly at its Mooresville headquarters.

Lowe's also eliminated 96 corporate tech jobs in October, then cut 2,400 full-time, mostly store-level jobs. In February, it followed with at least 500 corporate layoffs.
TreeHouse Foods to lay off 375 workers and close 2 factories
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Thursday, 3 Aug 2017 - TreeHouse Foods will lay off about 375 workers and close two factories in Minnesota and Indiana, as the packaged food maker cuts costs.

The layoffs, announced Thursday, make up about 2 percent of the 16,000 people the company employed at the end of last year. It has more than 50 factories in the U.S., Canada and Italy.
Endo to shut Alabama operations, cut 18 pct of workforce
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July 21 (Reuters) - Endo International Plc said on Friday it would shutter its manufacturing and distribution facilities in Huntsville, Alabama, resulting in a workforce reduction of about 18 percent.

The drugmaker, which employed 4,894 people as of Feb. 21, said it would layoff 875 employees and incur a pretax charge of about $325 million.
MAGA?
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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From the Blue Apron article, "The announcement of the layoffs comes as the company is working to open a 495,000 square foot fulfillment center in Linden later this year, which is expected to bring about 2,000 jobs to the facility." It looks like a net gain of 730 jobs.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Sears to cut 400 jobs, says on track to meet savings target
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June 13 (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp said on Tuesday it would cut 400 full-time jobs at its headquarters in Illinois as part of its plan to save more than $1 billion in costs annually.

The company, which has not reported an annual profit in the past six years, also said it was on track to meet its target of saving $1.25 billion in costs this year.

Sears said the bulk of the layoffs were related to its corporate workforce at its Hoffman Estates, Illinois headquarters.
More Than 1400 Workers to Be Laid Off Across Chicago Area: Report
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Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 - Those companies, the majority of which are located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, plan to cut 1,482 workers, with most of the layoffs occurring by the end of the year.

The businesses in Chicago include:

-- Pace Industries, Inc., a kitchen and bathroom cabinet manufacturer on the city's West Side, planning to lay off 120 employees and close by November 1.
-- PPG Industries, Inc. will close a flat glass manufacturing facility on the city's Southeast Side by October, impacting 55 workers.
^
And there's a lot more in that list, too.

MAGA?
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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What the Layoffs Look Like at the Carrier Plant Trump Said He’d Save
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July 21, 2017 - In May of this year, Carrier announced its time line for eliminating what will ultimately be six hundred and thirty-two Indianapolis-based jobs. The first round of layoffs began on Thursday, with the departure of three hundred and thirty-eight employees. Watching with dismay was Brenda Darlene Battle, a fifty-five-year-old Indianapolis native who’d been working at Carrier for twenty-five years, most recently as a fabrication technician, or fab tech, before she decided to take a buyout this week*. She helped run the automatic press that makes steel doors, among other parts, for A90 furnaces. When the final furnace door was completed on the first day of mass layoffs, employees working the assembly line—some for the last time—autographed it...
At least a good chunk of these next folks are eligible for retirement.

Navistar Closing Plant, Ending Medium-Duty Engine Series
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Aug 03, 2017 - Navistar indicated about 170 jobs would be affected by ending engine production there, but it also noted that “a significant portion” of the hourly workers at Melrose Park are retirement-eligible. Assistance and retraining will be offered for others affected workers.

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:30 PM
 
Location: SC
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Workers in tears after SCE&G nuclear project shutdown | The State

Nuclear power plant lays off over 5000 this week because Toshiba (Westinghouse) goes bankrupt. Thanks TRUMP for supporting COAL.

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Fisher Barton to close Fountain Inn plant
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July 31, 2017 - Fisher Barton, a manufacturer of precision metal stamping and metal fabrication, will close down its Fountain Inn plant by mid-September.

Human Resources manager Camilla Haigler said production at the plant should cease by mid- to late September.

The closure was announced July 19, she said.

The plant, located at 100 Industrial Blvd., employs about 100 people.
Locke Insulators Closing Baltimore Plant, 108 to Be Laid Off
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July 11, 2017 - BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 100 employees will be laid off as a high-voltage insulator manufacturer has announced its Baltimore plant is closing.

Local news outlets report Locke Insulators Inc. said in a statement on Monday it will lay off 108 employees and wind down operations over the next few months, as the demand has lessened for its insulators.
General Dynamics plant closing in Nashua
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July 19. 2017 - NASHUA — About 90 employees are being let go as part of a cost savings initiative at a Nashua optics plant.

The Nashua location of General Dynamics Mission Systems Global Imaging Technologies will be shutting its doors, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“We informed our employees on Monday that the manufacturing facility will close, but we don’t have a closing date,” said Carol Smith of General Dynamics’ public affairs office in Arizona.
I thought The Donald was gonna put an end to this?
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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From the Blue Apron article, "The announcement of the layoffs comes as the company is working to open a 495,000 square foot fulfillment center in Linden later this year, which is expected to bring about 2,000 jobs to the facility." It looks like a net gain of 730 jobs.
We'll keep our fingers crossed.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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It's unfortunate that there are layoffs.

Unlike Obama, with Trump, I actually feel that the fate of the workers matters. Obama seemed to be resigned to losing good jobs and adding on McJobs and gloating. Trump seems to actually understand the issue.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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Nearly 100 to be laid off from Hagerstown Citigroup office
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August 7, 2017 - Nearly 100 to be laid off from Hagerstown Citigroup office
By: Associated Press August 7, 2017

HAGERSTOWN — Nearly 100 workers are being laid off at a Citigroup operations center north of Hagerstown. The Herald-Mail reports that 64 office jobs and 30 home-based jobs are being eliminated. There will still be about 1,800 people employed at the facility. The layoffs follow several hundred layoffs at the site in 2014. A Citi spokesman said the ...
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