General Motors is planning to layoff at least 4,000 salaried workers in North America starting Monday ahead of the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report, according to two people briefed on the matter. The reductions come as the largest U.S. automaker undergoes a massive restructuring announced by CEO Mary Barra in November. GM is halting production at five plants in North America and cutting 14,000 jobs as it realigns its workforce and plants to produce more electric vehicles. Company executives want to complete as many of the layoffs as possible before the company reports its earnings Wednesday, the people said, asking not to be named because the information isn’t public yet. “We are not confirming timing. Our employees are our priorities and we will communicate with them first,” GM spokesman Pat Morrissey told CNBC Friday. The involuntary cuts aren’t as steep as previously thought. GM offered buyouts to 17,700 employees in North America with at least … [Read more...] about GM’s Involuntary Layoffs Start Monday, At Least 4,000 Workers Expected to Lose Jobs
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MEGHAN Markle's first major royal jobs reveal her kind-hearted nature and passion for equality - and her close bond with the Queen, an expert claimed today. The Duchess of Sussex was today revealed as patron of four organisations, including charities working with women and animal rights. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun Online the choices went “hand in glove” with the mum-to-be’s personality and history – and were the biggest nod of approval yet from the Queen after the monarch handed on two of her own patronages. The commentator said: “That is an undoubted sign of approval from Her Majesty. “It comes during a period when there have been so many rumours so it’s important to stress that this speaks very much to the Queen’s appreciation of her.” Speculation was last year rife that Meghan, 37, had been involved in a "row" with her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, while sources claimed that she was difficult to work with. But … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s ‘special bond’ with The Queen and ‘kind-hearted’ nature ”proven’ in first official royal jobs
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | Drilling in the Arctic: Questions for a Polar Bear Expert Supported by The Trump administration is reversing a longstanding ban on oil exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The area is home to about 900 polar bears, which are already struggling because of climate change. Can they withstand another disruption? ByHenry Fountain and Steve Eder Dec. 3, 2018 Andrew Derocher is a biologist at the University of Alberta who has researched polar bears for more than three decades. He is also a volunteer adviser to Polar Bears International, a conservation group. He discussed the status of polar bears in the Arctic amid a warming climate, and the potential impact of oil and gas exploration. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q. Worldwide in the Arctic, there are … [Read more...] about Drilling in the Arctic: Questions for a Polar Bear Expert
WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon's second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? Amazon's decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world's richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn't necessary to sway Amazon. The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made … [Read more...] about Big question for Amazon’s 2 chosen cities: Will it pay off?
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 WASHINGTON – Most pundits were expecting a knockdown, drag-out battle between Democrat Haley Stevens and Republican Lena Epstein for the open congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham. It didn’t happen. Since both won their primaries in August, most handicappers have settled on Stevens as having the best chance to win in this Republican-leaning district as she rides a wave of Democratic enthusiasm that appears to be lifting candidates around the country, especially those in open seats. But whoever wins, the women — both of whom are in their 30s and in many ways represent a surge in first-time women candidates being seen across the country — seem more intent on selling their own messages rather than attacking one another. “They’re being kind to each other,” said Ed Sarpolus, a pollster with Target-Insyght in … [Read more...] about Haley Stevens, Lena Epstein battling for Dave Trott’s seat