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December 14, 2009 – Comments (10)

At this rate, it will not be long  before 1/2 the country is unemployed with lots of time to eat pancakes.....

Big layoff today caps months of staff reductions at US Fidelis

US Fidelis, which has billed itself as the nation’s leading seller of extended auto-service contracts, today laid off scores of employees at its sprawling St. Charles County call center.

The staff reductions are the latest in a series of cut backs that have halved staffing levels since April, when company Chief Executive Chris Riley described the firm as “an 1,100 employee company and the second largest employer in Wentzville.”

US Fidelis now employs about 500 people.

It is not clear how many people lost their jobs today. The company says it laid-off about 15 to 20 percent of its staff. Most of those let go worked in sales and were paid commissions, according to a company statement.

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/the-savvy-consumer-blog/uncategorized/2009/12/big-layoff-today-caps-months-of-staff-reductions-at-us-fidelis/

The week of Dec. 7, rumors began circulating that Verari was shutting its doors. On Dec. 10, a Website called VerariAlumni.com was created, initially saying that the company was closing. That has since been changed to talk about a restructuring.

As of Dec. 14, 83 Verari employees had signed up on the networking site.

In addition, an employee calling himself VerariGuy has been posting messages on Twitter about the company. In one post, he said that at peak, about 300 people worked at Verari, but that that number had dropped to 225.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/Verari-Restructuring-Lays-Off-Most-Employees-557295/

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. said Monday it plans to close its mills in Ontonagon, Mich., and Missoula, Mont., affecting 600 workers.

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2009/12/14/daily6.html?surround=lfn

NOTHING IS IMMUNE FROM THE ZOMBULATOR............

Louisiana Higher Education Cuts Will Go Deep 

Kansas City University Medical Center and Hospital Feels Pinch of Budget Cuts

AT SOME POINT......THERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING LEFT TO CUT..............................

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 14, 2009 at 7:56 PM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

AS THE ALSTRYBATERS JOKE  ABOUT ZOMBULATION....

Poll Shows Mounting Toll of Joblessness on Nation

More than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have borrowed money from friends or relatives. An equal number have cut back on doctor’s visits or medical treatments because they are out of work.

Almost half have suffered from depression or anxiety. About four in 10 parents have noticed behavioral changes in their children that they blame on their struggles.

Joblessness has wreaked both financial and emotional havoc on the lives of many of those out of work, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll of unemployed adults, causing major life changes, mental health issues and struggles to maintain even basic necessities in large numbers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/us/15poll.html?_r=1&hp

THIS IS NO JOKE.....AND IT IS ABOUT TO GET A LOT WORSE!!!

ESPECIALLY WITH THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS LOSING JOBS ACROSS THE NATION.......

Anybody know how to install a flatscreen or make fun of another's vocation supporting his or her family????

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#2) On December 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM, blesto (31.83) wrote:

Mmmmmm!

I love pancakes fresh off the griddle

topped with butter and warm real maple syrup!

Perfect breakfast before going out to install people's flatscreens.

As for US Fidelis telemarketers -

the less telemarketers the better.

Yes, it will probably get worse before it gets better,

But it will get better.

Thank God for pancakes!

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#3) On December 14, 2009 at 8:29 PM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

Many KU Medical Center employees essentially have one-year contracts that expire annually on March 31, Phillips said. Because some budget reductions came after that date this year, the Med Center has relied on stimulus dollars to temporarily sustain its staffing levels.

Phillips said that even if state budgets aren’t cut any more, it’s likely that the medical center will lose at least another $2.7 million in the next fiscal year to replace stimulus funds, and likely at least another 50 positions along with them.

“We’re bleeding from a thousand cuts,” Phillips said. “And to continue to do that becomes very difficult without making major programmatic changes.”

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#4) On December 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM, standridge (< 20) wrote:

What about leveling the playing field??????

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#5) On December 14, 2009 at 9:13 PM, topsecret09 (34.26) wrote:

 I'm kinda partial to waffles myself......  

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#6) On December 14, 2009 at 10:01 PM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. will close 22 Greater Cincinnati branches in February as a result of its year-ago acquisition of Cleveland-based National City Corp.

The fun part will be when government has to double the taxes of those working to compensate for the half not working....

it is simply manipulation of zombulation creating that rising tax sensation.

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#7) On December 14, 2009 at 10:15 PM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

Stoudemire's Downtown, the namesake restaurant of Phoenix Suns star Amaré Stoudemire, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The basketball player does not own the business. Downtown Restaurant LLC, paid Stoudemire a licensing fee to use his name.

The recession, declining attendance at NBA games and a rent dispute with the landlord took a toll on Stoudemire's Downtown, said owner Bill Smith.

DECLINING ATTENDANCE AND A RECESSION.....HMMMMM

SOUNDS REDUNDENT......LIKE 50% OF THE CURRENT WORKFORCE IN A ZOMBULATION NATION

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#8) On December 14, 2009 at 10:36 PM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

With the economy faltering, the number of youngsters living in homes without enough food soared in 2008 from 13 million to nearly 17 million, the Agriculture Department reported last month.

In Philadelphia, researchers found that, during the first half of this year, one in five homes with a baby or toddler did not have enough food. And one of every dozen young children was outright hungry, a rate twice that of the same period the year before.

AND THAT IS WITH A $2 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT!!!!!!!!! OR OVER $6,000 FOR EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD IN THE NATION.

 

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#9) On December 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM, jddubya (45.36) wrote:

And now, this word from the real world:

http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=311289&t=01008434070146374147&source=ihpsitcag0000002&lidx=3#comment311757

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#10) On December 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM, MGDG (35.11) wrote:

I like Pancakes, so if this comes to pass, I'll have to consider shares in I Hop. We need to find a way to profit from this info. topsecret, waffles OK, but they must be Belgian.

If were really bleeding from a thousand cuts, I'll invest in J&J as they make good band-aids and it sounds as if we'll need lots of them. 

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