Royals won't lay off or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With unemployment nationwide reaching historic levels and the professional sports landscape at a relative standstill, Kansas City Royals ownership and management have taken steps to avoid layoffs and furloughs amid Major League Baseball’s uncertain future.Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed an ESPN report Friday afternoon that the club has opted to institute tiered pay cuts at the upper levels of executive pay, including Moore’s salary, to avoid cutting employees.All 30 MLB franchises have taken steps to address revenue losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronaviru...
The Kansas City Star
Miami Hurricanes athletic department makes tough financial decision in midst of pandemic
Faced with a budget crunch because of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Miami athletic department is sending many of its employees on brief furloughs, according to two sources briefed on the situation.One source said UM athletic department employees have been told to take two weeks off — unpaid — in June or July.UM declined to comment on the matter or say whether any coaches have been asked to take pay cuts. But a source said there has been no indication that Hurricanes coaches have been asked to take pay cuts.UM president Julio Frenk said on May 22 that the school would lay off empl...
Padres to pay minor leaguers through August
SAN DIEGO — The Padres will continue to pay their minor leaguers through the end of August, the Union-Tribune has confirmed.The Athletic first reported the team would extend the $400-a-week pay through that date, which is just a week shy of when the minor league regular season is scheduled to end. All play in the minors has been suspended but not officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.On top of that, the Padres, to this date, are the only reported team to commit to no layoffs of baseball operations personnel through October.The Miami Marlins, as of early Wednesday afternoon, were ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Washington, more than 12,000 overall
SEATTLE — Boeing told employees Wednesday that almost 7,000 of them will receive layoff notices this week. With more than 5,500 voluntary buyouts added in, the company will slash almost 12,300 U.S. jobs in this first batch of cuts stemming from the coronavirus economic shock.Washington state takes the biggest hit: 9,840 Boeing jobs will be cut before July 31 in a combination of buyouts and involuntary layoffs, the company said.“We have come to the unfortunate moment of having to start involuntary layoffs,” CEO Dave Calhoun said in a message to all employees. “We’re notifying the first 6,770 of...
The Seattle Times
Mitsubishi cuts hundreds of jobs, shuts Washington operations as it slashes SpaceJet budget
SEATTLE — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will cut hundreds of jobs in Washington state as it “consolidates all activities back to Japan” and close its U.S. operations for the troubled SpaceJet project, the company said Friday.“Due to the budget directives, Mitsubishi Aircraft will close its overseas locations and consolidate activities at its headquarters in Nagoya, Japan,” company spokesman Jeff Dronen said via email. “This will impact the majority of our employees in the United States.”The Mitsubishi Aircraft U.S. headquarters in Renton will close and flight test operations in Moses Lake ...
The Seattle Times
The Week Ahead: Settling into a longer recovery
The snap-back economic theory is quickly breaking. Investors will witness a legislative admission in the week ahead that it will take longer for the economy to recover than hoped for just a few weeks ago.In the spasm of government stimulus plans passed in the throes of stay-at-home orders, the goal of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was to keep working Americans on company payrolls even as business came to a sudden stop. There was such demand for the dollars that Congress eventually OK’d a second round of the forgivable loans to companies if they spent most of the money to pay workers fo...
Trump Doral announces 250 furloughs will now become permanent layoffs
MIAMI — Trump National Doral Miami, President Donald J. Trump’s Miami-Dade resort hotel and golf course, has announced 250 workers who were originally furloughed indefinitely will now be permanently laid off.In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act notice dated May 15 and posted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website Thursday, the resort said that it had envisioned stay-at-home orders expiring “after a short period.”But extended orders and closures, it said, have caused the business to “reassess (its) initial understanding of the circumstances facing the resort.”“Unfortun...
Did HP purge boomers to make way for millennials? Judge rules lawsuit claims can go ahead
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal court judge in San Jose narrowed a lawsuit accusing HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise of purging older workers in favor of younger ones, but ruled that the case should proceed based on its central claims.Three dozen former employees are suing the firms for age discrimination, claiming they were fired because they were older and the companies wanted a younger workforce.Judge Edward Davila wrote in his ruling this week that the former workers claim internal HP documents from 2015 showed that “Baby Boomers” were considered “undesirable” while millennials were seen as ...
The Mercury News
Truckers brace for long haul as virus makes them essential workers
MINNEAPOLIS — Trucker Will Hart has been hauling one thing or another for most of his adult life.But never in a pandemic.The COVID-19 outbreak and its related shutdown this spring resulted in a sudden appreciation of the role people like Hart, a 44-year veteran driver from Bloomington, Minn., play in stocking grocery shelves, factory floors and distribution centers for popular online retailers.“Everyone in the trucking industry is making that sacrifice,” Hart said. “This is what we have to do.”The nation’s 2 million truck drivers, deemed essential workers in the pandemic, are now viewed by som...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: The sorry tale of United's bailout and layoffs, as recounted by Sen. Dick Durbin
We didn’t like the Trump administration’s bailout of airlines because these companies should succeed or fail based on their business performance, not lobbying skills. Our lack of trust in the process was confirmed by United Airlines’ plans to lay off thousands of managers and others starting in October, as soon as its promise to avoid job cuts expires.Washington’s deal with the airlines went like this: United and other carriers would get billions in grants and loans to support the industry through the worst of the coronavirus crisis. In exchange, the carriers would agree to keep employment sta...