Friday, January 23, 2009

OHSU will cut 500-1,000 jobs

From the Oregonian:

Adding to the state's growing unemployment, Oregon Health & Science University said Thursday that deteriorating finances will force it to eliminate up to 1,000 jobs, cut employee benefits and make other program reductions by the end of June.
OHSU cut about 115 jobs earlier this month, and its total planned reductions -- between 500 and 1,000 positions -- will place OHSU alongside Intel and Hynix Semiconductor as the state's biggest job shedders this recession.
The university is one of Portland's largest employers, with about 12,900 employees.
One in eleven Oregonians in the work force is without a job, pushing the jobless rate to 9 percent at the end of December, according to state figures.

The recession also has significantly reduced its big source of profits, clinical operations, as the hospital and clinics see fewer patients and more without insurance.

From the Portland Business Journal:
Movie Gallery Inc. on Thursday said it will close its Wilsonville distribution center, a move effecting all but 25 of the center’s 238 employees.
The Wilsonville-based movie rental company said it is consolidating the distribution center with another one in Nashville, Tenn., as part of an effort to streamline operations. The company said 25 of the Wilsonville employees will be transferred to other parts of the company.

From the Oregonian:
Sun Microsystems notified Oregon officials Wednesday that it plans to eliminate 22 jobs at its two Hillsboro sites between March 23 and June 13. Additional layoffs could come in late May or early June, the Silicon Valley company said, as it works to reduce spending.
Sun laid off a similar number of Oregon workers last summer.