Mass job layoffs decline in Ohio

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:28 AM
Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 5:29 PM
By: Randy Tucker - Staff Writer

The number of workers impacted by mass layoffs of at least 50 employees by Ohio employers declined last year to its lowest level since 2003.

Year Total number of layoff notices (all industries) Employees affected by mass layoffs 2011 668 39,058 2010 712 49,994 2009 1,205 114,879 2008 1,027 89,057 2007 716 43,849

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

A list of area businesses with state notices for layoffs or closures in 2012.







Potential employees affected



Layoff dates




Liz Claiborne Distribution Center

West Chester






Jan. 27-Sept. 1




Appleton Papers, Inc.

West Carrollton






May 20




Diversapack of Monroe







March 5




Cub Food (Lofino’s Food Stores)


Dayton and Miamisburg




Sept. 30




Mercy St. John’s Center







June 1




SuperValu Ohio Valley Distribution Center







July 8-Sept. 30












March 6




Xanterra Parks & Resorts

College Corner






Feb. 7












April 19




Kmart Store #9660







April 1




Schneider Logistics, Inc.

West Chester






March 31











SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Google Inc.’s announcement earlier this week that it planned to slash thousands of workers from its recently acquired cell phone business was eerily reminiscent of the mass layoffs that displaced scores of Ohio workers at the height of the last recession.

More than three years into the recovery, however, mass layoff announcements have become more of an anomaly than standard business practice, suggesting employers are no longer downsizing rapidly despite sluggish economic growth and unemployment of 7.2 percent in Ohio and 8.3 percent nationally.

“During the recession, there were a lot of companies whose revenues were just falling off the table, and they went through massive changes,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Chicago-based workforce consultancy, Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “A lot of that has been completed now, and you’re likely to see fewer bouts of big layoffs at big companies.”

In Ohio, where a dramatic slowdown in manufacturing during the recession led factories to shed hundreds of workers at a time, mass layoff announcements by employers fell to 668 last year from a peak of 1,205 in 2009, government statistics show. The drop in mass layoffs — which affect at least 50 workers at one company — cut the total number of worker separations by more than half over the same period to 39,058 from 114,879, based on figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The last major mass layoffs in the region in 2009 included 644 employees at NCR Corp. and 200 employees at Iams in Dayton, 299 workers at SMART Paper in Hamilton and 186 workers at Auto Truck Transport Corp. in Springfield, though those numbers were dwarf by the 2,621 workers laid off by ABX Air in Wilmington, according to Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices filed with the state.

Nationwide, the 4,512 mass layoffs announced by private, non-farm employers in the second-quarter of this year was the lowest second-quarter total since 2007, when 3,741 mass layoffs were announced in the the three-month period that ended in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Still, workforce reductions remain a primary tool for many companies struggling to keep costs under control as the economic recovery inches along in fits and starts.

Shrinking staff to match work

U.S. employers announced 283,091 total layoffs through the first half of the year, up 15 percent from the first six months of 2011, according to Challenger’s research.

“The economy has remained weak and not very stable, and we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring,’’ said Dave Dysinger of Dysinger Inc., a precision machine business in Dayton. “In a wildly fluctuating market like that you have no recourse but to shrink your staff to match the work that is available to you.’’

Dysinger said he is not planning any layoffs, but small to medium-sized firms such as his are often the most vulnerable to the intermittent slowdowns that have plagued business cycles since the recovery began in June 2009, Challenger said.

“The small- to medium-sized companies that do a lot of the hiring are still facing a lot of change and turnover,” he said. “They’re not looking at big layoffs, but they’re constantly turning out the people who aren’t doing as well. You see a lot of those companies take the bottom 10 percent of their performers and move them out.”

But employers are generally reluctant to cut too many workers because of the time and training it takes to replace them, especially skilled laborers who have become increasingly hard to find.

“The real problem for a company like ours is that it takes about 10 years from the beginning to develop a top-notched machinist,’’ Dysinger said. “So we end up constantly chasing people to develop. And just as we’re getting them developed, we go into another downturn in the economic cycle.”

That can force an employer to make tough choices about who stays and who goes.

“Even in a down economy, you still need that balance of skill levels to be successful,” Dysinger said. “You have to have the right people matched up to the right work.”

Employers striving to maintain that balance have contributed to the general slowdown in layoffs and a sharp decline in the number of people seeking unemployment aid as a result.

Nationwide, initial claims for unemployment benefits — the most widely tracked gauge of layoff activity — fell unexpectedly in the first week of August by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported last week.

In Ohio, initial claims for the first week in August were down were down 13 percent from from the previous week to 10,089.

While the drop in new applications offers hopeful signs that the labor market is at least beginning to stabilize, worries about pending government spending cuts and higher taxes coupled with fears about Europe’s on-going debt crisis, among other economic concerns, promise to keep unemployment elevated for the foreseeable future, said James Brock, a Miami University economics professor.

“Employers will remain reluctant to add workers until there is more clarity about where the economy is headed,” Brock said.

Allegations against Trump have surfaced regarding his golf club staff

Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 12:04 AM
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:22 PM

            Allegations against Trump have surfaced regarding his golf club staff
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Spencer Platt)

According to court records from 2012, Donald Trump allegedly fired female employees at his Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, that he found unattractive then hired women he did find attractive.

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“I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were ‘not pretty enough’ and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, the director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration, according to the documents, the LA Times reported.

Strozier went on to say that managers would rework employees’ schedules to make sure that attractive women were working when Trump was at the club.

However, the Trump Organization said the allegations were “meritless.”

“Donald Trump always wanted good-looking women working at the club,” Sue Kwiatkowski, a club restaurant manager until 2009, said in a declaration, according to the lawsuit. “I know this because one time he took me aside and said, ‘I want you to get some good-looking hostesses here. People like to see good-looking people when they come in.’”

“We do not engage in discrimination of any kind and have always complied with all wage laws, including by providing our employees with meal and rest breaks,” Jill Martin, the Trump Organization’s assistant general counsel, told the LA Times.

The details of the lawsuit have come to light after Monday’s heated debate with Hillary Clinton and comments regarding former 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado. It was revealed that he allegedly called her names such as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Couple's final wish granted: reunion in hospital room

Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:34 PM
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 10:55 PM

            Couple's final wish granted: reunion in hospital room

This is Richard Rand, 87, and his wife June, 86.

Both have been battling pneumonia. Their daughter Lisa, who lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida, made the decision to move her parents from out of state to Nassau County so she could care for them. 


They have been married for 65 years. They met during World War II, when Richard was 13 and June was 12. 

Richard served as a foreign service officer. He and June lived all over the world before retiring to Connecticut and Virginia. 

Unfortunately, Richard’s pneumonia has worsened. June fell at a rehab facility and suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

June was taken to Shands in Jacksonville but wanted to be reunited with her husband, who is hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Amelia Island. 

Staff at Baptist worked to ensure that June could be wheeled into Richard's hospital room. 

The two touched hands. 

Their granddaughter Taylor wrote on social media: "Our prayers were answered last night. My Grandma and Papa were reunited.

"This was their final wish. From ages 12 and 13, to 86 and 87, their undying love is the kind of stuff books and movies are based on. Never before have I experienced such a meaningful display of true love. It was truly beautiful and I will never forget it."

The extended Rand family has flown to Jacksonville to be with the couple. 

On Wednesday night, the reunion happened: 

Mom answers 911 call from daughter when fallen tree traps her inside home

Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:14 PM
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 10:51 PM
By: Scott Flynn - WSB-TV

            Mom answers 911 call from daughter when fallen tree traps her inside home
WSB-TV reports that a tree fell on the dispatcher's home. The tree trapped the woman's daughter inside the home. The daughter called 911 to speak with her mother who kept her calm as firefighters headed to the scene.

A massive tree destroyed a home in northwest Atlanta when a storm rolled through the area Tuesday night.

The home belongs to Atlanta 911 dispatcher Le'Fayedra Toney. She wasn't home when a tree fell on it, but her daughter, Diamonique Foster, ended up getting trapped inside. Diamonique then called 911 looking for her mother.

Foster showed exactly where a giant 100-year-old oak came through her roof and trapped her on her bed, seconds after she heard an earsplitting lightning strike.

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Luckily for her, she still had her phone in her hand called 911. She asked to speak to her mother.

“I was freaking out, and I told her my mom worked there, and I know they don't usually patch you through like that, but I was freaking out and I needed my mom,” Foster said.

Toney said her 911 training kicked in and she stayed calm for her daughter, but she was frazzled on the inside.

“When I’m on my calls, personally, I try to treat everybody like family, because you never know. And this time, it was family. This time it was, so it worked out,” Toney told Elliot.

Foster said once she heard her mother's voice, she knew everything was going to be OK. Rescuers arrived minutes later and pulled her out with barely a scratch.

Foster told Elliot she thinks her mom is Super Woman, and she has the T-shirt to prove it.   

“Even as just a 911 call taker, she was, she needed to be calm at all times, but for it to be her own child, that was amazing. I don't think… I couldn’t have done it,” Foster said.

The house is a loss. 

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay expenses. 


Spider bites man on genitals for second time

Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 10:34 PM
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 10:09 PM
By: Zach Dennis - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

            Spider bites man on genitals for second time
SYDNEY, NSW - JANUARY 23: A Redback Spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park January 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The Redback, probably Australia's best-known deadly spider is found all over Australia and is a close relative of the Black Widow Spider from the U.S. Only the female Redback is considered dangerous, with their venom containing neurotoxins, which works very slowly. Fatalities, even from untreated bites, are rare. Australia is home to some of the most deadly and poisonous animals on earth. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images) (Ian Waldie)

A man in Australia is probably asking “Why me?” after he suffered another spider bite to his genitals just months after an earlier bite.

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BBC reported that the 21-year-old Australian man, identified only as Jordan, said he was using a portable toilet at a Sydney-area worksite when he felt a pain in his genitals. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he said. "I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like, 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and (I saw) a few little legs come from around the rim."

Mashable that a “highly venomous” redback spider bit Jordan in the same spot in April. He said this was the first time since the previous incident that he had used the portable toilet and he checked to make sure everything was clear.

"After the first time it happened, I didn't really want to use one again," he told the BBC. "Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one. Had a look under both seats and then I sat down and did my business. Next thing you know, I'm bent over in pain.”

While Jordan said his co-workers were worried about him the first time, he told KIIS FM that they found it truly comical the second time. "(They were) just laughing at me, pretty much. They remembered me from the last time it happened," he said. "Everyone was laughing at me, calling me the unluckiest man in Australia."

According to the BBC, redback spiders are similar to black widow spiders, but have not caused any recorded deaths since the development of antivenin in 1956 and cause only  severe pain, sweating and nausea. Jordan said that he was released from the hospital and expects to return to work soon, but plans to avoid the portable toilet from now on.

"I think I'll be holding on for dear life, to be honest," he told BBC.

Read more at BBC.


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