layoffs http://michiganradio.org en EMU is laying off 10 of its 11 full-time lecturers in the College of Education http://michiganradio.org/post/emu-laying-10-its-11-full-time-lecturers-college-education <p>The College of Education at Eastern Michigan University is laying off the majority of its full-time lecturers because of falling enrollment.&nbsp;</p><p>That's according to the<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/02/eastern_michigan_education_dea.html"> Ann Arbor News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The school has issued layoff notices to 10 of its 11 full-time lecturers, effective in August, according to members of lecturers union. (EMU officials say they issued notices to eight lecturers.) Lecturers, many of whom have held their jobs for several years, are upset by the changes and say the layoffs are unnecessary.</p><p>Jann Joseph, EMU's dean of education, says the opposite is true.</p><p>"We looked at the data. We looked at the enrollment patterns, and we were not convinced that we would have enough teaching loads and classes for all the people who were currently lecturers," she said. "We are just managing at a time of decline."</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:34:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16414 at http://michiganradio.org EMU is laying off 10 of its 11 full-time lecturers in the College of Education Sequestration may cause state layoffs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/sequestration-may-cause-state-layoffs-michigan <p>Unionized state employees received notices earlier this month that layoffs may be coming as a result of funding cuts due to the federal sequester.<br><br>The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/file/14842">notices </a>were dated March 8, but were only made public this week.The state is required to give 30-day's notice before any layoffs. The earliest any could occur would be April 8.<br><br>Kurt Weiss, a spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said the state still isn't sure what will be cut.</p><p>"That's the hard part right now, we don't know exactly where the cuts are coming," Weiss said. "We're waiting for further guidance from the federal government. We expect the cut level will be somewhere around $150 million total, but whether that will result in layoffs or not, we just don't know yet."</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:49:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11823 at http://michiganradio.org Sequestration may cause state layoffs in Michigan 500 layoffs looming for Detroit employees http://michiganradio.org/post/500-layoffs-looming-detroit-employees <p></p><p>Nobody thought fixing Detroit’s debt woes was gonna be easy.</p><p>But these days, it might be especially painful for city workers and their families.</p><p>Some 2,000 pink slips have already gone out in the last few years. And now, another 500 cuts are scheduled for February.</p><p>It’s already worrying union leaders like Leamon Wilson. The president of the AFSCME Local 312 told the Detroit News that more cuts could cripple the city’s bus service. “You can’t deliver the service…It was already functioning at a bare minimum. I don’t see how anything is going to be functioning.”</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:09:09 +0000 Kate Wells 10574 at http://michiganradio.org 500 layoffs looming for Detroit employees Flint school district laying off hundreds of teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-laying-hundreds-teachers <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Flint school board has voted to lay off 237 teachers as part of an effort to eliminate an estimated $20 million deficit for the coming year.<br /><br /> The board voted Tuesday to lay off 108 elementary and 129 secondary school teachers.<br /><br /> Earlier this month, Mlive.com (http://bit.ly/JnOdC1 ) says the board voted to close both middle schools, along with Bunche and Summerfield elementary schools.<br /> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:25:30 +0000 The Associated Press 7573 at http://michiganradio.org Flint budget calls for higher fees/curtailed city services http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-budget-calls-higher-feescurtailed-city-services <p>Next year, the city of Flint will charge residents higher fees in exchange for less service.</p><p>The budget plan unveiled last night was greeted with anger from city residents and city council members.</p><p>The budget plan calls for trimming 20 percent of city government workers from the payroll.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint police officers and firefighters are not being spared.&nbsp;&nbsp; The emergency manager didn&#39;t include public safety officers in the budget whose positions are funded with grant money that hasn&#39;t been secured yet.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 02:18:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 7164 at http://michiganradio.org Flint budget calls for higher fees/curtailed city services Detroit mayor wants to layoff 2500 city employees http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-wants-layoff-2500-city-employees <p><span lang="EN">DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Dave&nbsp;Bing has laid out a budget </span><span lang="EN">proposal that would cut more than 2,500 jobs and shave $250 million </span><span lang="EN">from the city&#39;s annual expenses.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Bing&#39;s Chief Operating Officer&nbsp;Chris Brown told City Council </span><span lang="EN">members Monday the layoffs would be in addition to 1,000 job cuts </span><span lang="EN">Bing sought earlier. Brown says the city&#39;s general fund revenues </span><span lang="EN">will decrease from $820.5 million to $739 million.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Detroit has an accumulated budget deficit of $265 million and </span><span lang="EN">$13.2 billion in long-term, structural debt and is trying to fix </span><span lang="EN">its finances after agreeing to state oversight&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">Bing&#39;s budget proposal also calls for privatizing the city&#39;s bus </span><span lang="EN">system and transferring its lighting department to an independent&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">authority.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press say $75 million would go&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">toward the city&#39;s accumulated deficit.</span> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:33:37 +0000 The Associated Press 7150 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor wants to layoff 2500 city employees Flint city council to be briefed on next year's budget by emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-be-briefed-next-years-budget-emergency-manager <p>The Flint City Council will hear this afternoon how the city&rsquo;s emergency manager plans to spend the city&rsquo;s money next year.</p><p>Emergency Manager Michael Brown has been poring over Flint&rsquo;s finances since he was appointed by Governor Snyder in December to deal with the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;financial crisis.&rdquo;</p><p>Brown&rsquo;s budget plan for next year is expected to reflect the need for further financial belt tightening for a city that has already felt the pinch of past cuts.</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s finance director has said the budget will probably show the city will have to do &ldquo;less with less.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That may include layoffs and furlough days for city employees.</p><p>Several city unions agreed to contract concessions this month.</p><p>The emergency manager&rsquo;s budget plan may also include selling bonds to address Flint&rsquo;s long-term debt problem. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:34:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7148 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan solar company suspends production, plans job cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-solar-company-suspends-production-plans-job-cuts <p>AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. says it has temporarily suspended manufacturing and is planning about 500 job cuts.</p><p>The Auburn Hills-based company announced Tuesday that manufacturing has been halted because of excess inventory. The company says about 400 workers will be furloughed at its manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Mexico and Ontario, Canada.</p><p>The production cuts include United Solar Ovonic facilities in Greenville, where more than 140 layoffs recently were announced. Other Michigan manufacturing facilities are in Auburn Hills.</p><p>The company said that to help cut costs about 500 full-time job cuts were expected by the end of the year.</p><p>Energy Conversion Devices has been restructuring its operations since May. It said it expects to return to normal production levels within 60 days. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 20:22:20 +0000 The Associated Press 4909 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan solar company suspends production, plans job cuts Mixed economic messages: It's all about perspective http://michiganradio.org/post/mixed-economic-messages-its-all-about-perspective <p>If the constant stream of what seems like contradictory economic news leaves you feeling confused, join the club.</p><p>Headline No. 1: &ldquo;Midwest economy slows.&rdquo;</p><p>No. 2: &ldquo;Michigan surpasses 48 states in growth.&rdquo;</p><p>And No. 3: &ldquo;Michigan has fourth-highest number of layoffs.&rdquo;</p><p>These are all true stories about the third quarter.</p><p>Bob Tomarelli is an analyst with IHS. He says the stories just reflect different aspects of the economy.</p><p>&ldquo;It is doing better,&quot; Tomarelli says. &quot;It is recovering at a decent pace, a very quick pace. But things are still not great because it was hit so very hard.&rdquo;</p><p>Tomarelli says most of the 100,000 jobs added in the third quarter were in professional business services and manufacturing. But he says that boost is probably temporary.</p><p>So while they are getting a nice short-term burst that&rsquo;s adding to payrolls and creating some jobs, or at least bringing some jobs back, it is not expected to keep up at that pace, and in the long run is actually expected to decline.&rdquo;</p><p>Most of Michigan&rsquo;s 29,000 layoffs were in government and financial sectors. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:00:29 +0000 Rina Miller 4815 at http://michiganradio.org Mixed economic messages: It's all about perspective Lansing city council approves budget with deep cuts in public safety http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-approves-budget-deep-cuts-public-safety <p>The Lansing city council voted 5 to 3 last night&nbsp;to approve a city budget that deeply cuts police and fire in the capitol city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lansing, like many Michigan cities, is struggling with declining tax revenues and rising health care costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Last night, the city council approved a budget that lays off more than a hundred city employees, including dozens of police officers and firefighters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the cuts in public safety are&nbsp;unavoidable.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 03:32:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 2523 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council approves budget with deep cuts in public safety Lansing city council leaders to discuss budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-leaders-discuss-budget <p>The city of Lansing is facing a projected&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/finance/budget_office.jsp">$20 million dollar budget deficit.&nbsp; </a></p><p>On Monday, the city council is scheduled to vote on a budget intended to close that gap.&nbsp;&nbsp; As it stands now, the city may have to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/layoffs-looming-lansing">lay off dozens of police officers and firefighters</a>, as well as making other painful spending cuts to balance the budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 15:09:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 2485 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council leaders to discuss budget Layoffs looming in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/layoffs-looming-lansing <p>Lansing police officers are waiting to see if they will receive layoffs notices.&nbsp; The city council next week is expected to approve a city budget that will include deep budget cuts in public safety.&nbsp;&nbsp; The city is facing<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-proposes-eliminating-200-city-jobs"> a 20 million dollar budget deficit.</a></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:11:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 2444 at http://michiganradio.org Layoffs looming in Lansing Detroit sends layoff notices to all its teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-sends-layoff-notices-all-its-teachers <p>Layoff notices are being delivered to each and every teacher in the Detroit Public Schools.</p><p>It&rsquo;s an unprecedented move for the troubled school district. Hundreds of teachers have been issued notices in previous years. But Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb says the circumstances are different this time around.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This year, because of our declining student enrollment, because of the possibility of some of our schools becoming charters, and of course school closures, we decided to send layoff notices to our entire membership.&quot;</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:31:27 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2086 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit sends layoff notices to all its teachers Flint Mayor: The killings and criminals must be stopped http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-killings-and-criminals-must-be-stopped <p>Flint police believe there may be some link between the city&rsquo;s more than 20 recent homicides.&nbsp; And now, city officials are asking for the public&rsquo;s help. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling set the tone at a news conference Tuesday about the recent surge of murders in his city by saying, &quot;the killings and criminals must be stopped.&quot;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s murder rate is on pace to set a record. Last year, Flint recorded 66 murders, which was a record. The city already has more than 20 homicides this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint Public Safety Director Alvern Lock expresses some frustration at the rising violence.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You know the only way we could stop a lot of these from happening is if we were standing on the corner when they occur.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Lock says they have suspects or people charged in 14 of the 21 murders in Flint this year. He says police suspect a connection in some of the cases, but they can&rsquo;t prove that connection right now.&nbsp;</p><p>Lock denies that cuts to Flint&rsquo;s police department have played a role in the increase in the city&rsquo;s increase homicide rate. The city has eliminated more than 100 positions in the police department since 2008. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:38:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2056 at http://michiganradio.org Flint Mayor: The killings and criminals must be stopped Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-mayor-city-council-may-soon-take-pay-cut <p>Flint faces <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-can-issue-bonds-address-deficit-still-more-do">serious budget problems</a>. The city is struggling to absorb a nearly $20 million&nbsp;budget deficit. The state recently approved the city&rsquo;s plan to <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/walling">sell $8 million&nbsp;in bonds </a>to reduce its debt. The city has also <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">laid off</a> a hundred&nbsp; workers this fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This evening, the city is expected to take another, though much smaller step to reduce spending.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Flint&rsquo;s Local Officers Compensation Committee meets tonight to decide whether to impose a ten percent pay cut for the mayor and city council. The cut would translate into about a ten thousand dollar cut in pay to the mayor and a few thousand dollars each for Flint&rsquo;s 9 city council members. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:35:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 1831 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's mayor, city council may soon take a pay cut Flint mayor to ask for more tax money to fund police http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-ask-more-tax-money-fund-police <P>Flint has seen it's <A href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1737092/news/Flint.moving.ahead.with.police.layoffs..after.city.breaks.murder.rate.record">murder rate</A> soar this year, while at the same time the city has been forced to layoff police officers.&nbsp; Mayor <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayne_Walling">Dayne Walling</A> has been talking about asking voters to support a new police millage.&nbsp; <A href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/12/flint_city_council_to_consider_1.html">The Flint Journal</A> is reporting, tonight Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:59:28 +0000 651 at http://michiganradio.org Flint mayor to ask for more tax money to fund police Flint police department will close on weekends http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-department-will-close-weekends <p>The Flint Police Department is closed on the weekends following the latest round of officer layoffs.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/12/new_hours_keep_flint_police_de.html">The Flint Journal reports</a> new office hours took effect Saturday, the day after 20 police officers were laid off.</p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling laid off a total of 66 police officers this year to cope with a multi-million-dollar deficit. The city also made other cuts. Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:20:27 +0000 Kyle Norris 645 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police department will close on weekends Flint moving ahead with police layoffs, after city breaks murder rate record http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record <P>Flint has set a new record for murders in the city in a single year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>This comes at a time when the city plans to lay off 20 police officers later this week.&nbsp;</P> <P>Flint recorded its 62<SUP>nd</SUP> murder of the year on Monday.&nbsp; That broke Flint’s previous record of 61 murders in a year set back in 1986, when the city of Flint was much larger. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:47:19 +0000 571 at http://michiganradio.org Flint moving ahead with police layoffs, after city breaks murder rate record Layoff notices going out in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/layoff-notices-going-out-flint <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The city of Flint has started sending out layoff notices to city employees.<BR>But so far, none of the notices have gone out to those who work in public safety.<BR>The city of Flint is wrestling with an estimated 5 million dollar short fall in this year’s city budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The mayor wants the city’s unions to absorb about half of that deficit with double digit wage and benefit concessions.</P> <P>Without the concessions, the city is looking to layoff up to 50 city workers.<BR>Layoff notices went out to temporary and seasonal city workers Monday.<BR>The head of F Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:51:55 +0000 367 at http://michiganradio.org Layoff notices going out in Flint