Monthly Archives: March 2009

Today in Layoff Land

Sandvik lays off 490 in Sweden

BP Solar lays off 620 in Spain and Maryland

3M lets go of 1,200 employees

Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. pink slips 26 LPNs

E-One Moli Energy lays off 220

San Diego-based Cardinal Health lets go of 1,300 jobs

Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo cuts 1,200 jobs

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Exurbs the New Surburbs?

Exurbs are regions beyond the suburbs, according to the Wall Street Journal:

The exurbs were among the fastest growing counties during the boom — entire civilizations built around the idea of owning real estate.

Now, exurbs are quickly becoming rental communities, with people flocking to rent, thus helping to keep the economy afloat.  Some argue this is a good thing, while others argue that exurbs may become low-income housing turf for the future.

While it isn’t ideal to rent in an exurb, it beats homelessness.

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How to Get a Job: Part Gazillion

FlypMedia and Fortune put together this interactive guide on how to find a job.  Maybe this time, you’ll actually find one after reading it!

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When the French Get Mad, They Take Action!

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I love the French way of life.  They drink lots of wine and eat lots of cheese, chocolate and amazing pastries.  If they get sick, they don’t have to worry about whether or not they can pay the bill.  They have universal healthcare!  And, their unemployment benefits are pretty good too.

When they get pissed off about something, they go on strike, so it’s no surprise that for at least the third time this month that French Caterpillar employees, angry about proposed layoffs, took their bosses hostage.  Why don’t we do that in the States?  In France, it opens up negotiations.  What would happen if angry soon-to-be laid off employees took their bosses hostage elsewhere?

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More Ways to Save Money

Extravagance is out.  Saving money is in.  The New York Post reports 25 Real-Life Tips for Big-Time Savings.  Here are the first five:

1. Find statement jewelry at that sketchy thrift store. Oh, stop it with the pride already. Say you found it at “this boutique I can’t remember the name of in the Village.” I love Salvation Army on Fourth Avenue between 11th and 12th streets, especially the half-off tag sale on Wednesdays.

2. Save– then spend — your change. One couple we know collects enough every month to pay off the cable bill. Suh-weet.

3. Pay yourself first. If you’ve ever read any budgeting book, all of them stress this one key principle: Take 10 percent of your paycheck and send it to savings ASAP. Massello says chucking that cash automatically to an ING account makes it harder to impulsively spend on that have-to-have item that you totally don’t have to have.

4. Shop for groceries in Chinatown. One Gramercy Park resident says she saves three times what she would at Whole Paycheck or Trader Income’s. Best streets? She says try Mott Street between Grand and Hester streets, or Canal Street between Mulberry and Baxter streets.

5. Take Airtrain to and from JFK. No more excuses! It’s $5 plus a subway ride compared to $45 plus toll and tip in a cab. Seriously — bring a book.

While some of the tips are New York-centric, many can be applied across the country as well—like to remember how yummy (and cheap!) Boone’s Farm is.  I remember getting someone over 21 to buy that stuff in high school and thinking it tasted like juice!  See, saving money can be nostalgic and fun!

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Recap: The Unemployment Olympics!

As we mentioned before, today was the 2009 Unemployment Olympics in Manhattan’s East Village!

Unfortunately I could not attend as I had to go out of town unexpectedly for a family illness, but here are some pics that were taken at the event by AP.

A participant in the Unemployment Olympics wearing a Lehman Brothers shirt, tries to find the boss in the game "Pin the Blame on the Boss" in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A participant in the Unemployment Olympics wearing a Lehman Brothers shirt, tries to find the boss in the game "Pin the Blame on the Boss" in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Christopher Dawes tosses an office phone during the Unemployment Olympics in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Christopher Dawes tosses an office phone during the Unemployment Olympics in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Destined to Be Employee of the Month

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The Daily News reports that Sidney Nurse, a 21-year-old baggage handler for JetBlue, recently “dozed off” in the cargo bin (while loading bags) onto a plane going from JFK to Boston.

Once the plane was taxiing for takeoff, homeboy woke up and freaked the heck out. So he went against that rule about using cellular phones in flight and called JetBlue “authorities” to tell them where he was.

They told him he couldn’t be “rescued” until the plane landed- 37 minutes later at Logan airport, 200 miles north of New York. Thankfully for him, the cabin was pressurized so he was perfectly fine even though he was hanging out at 17,000 feet.

After being checked out by a doc and the po-po realized it was an “accident” and he wasn’t a stowaway, homeboy returned to New York inside the plane, with other passengers.

The spokeswhore for JetBlue, Bryan Baldwin, said the airline had “no comment” and that they are “investigating the incident.”

You just can’t make this stuff up!

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