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Business and Workplace News from Charley Hannagan



Updated: 2015-05-08T15:48:45Z

 



Public invited to Labor History Film & Music Festival

2009-09-01T21:16:14Z

Syracuse, NY-- The public is invited to the Labor History Film & Music Festival from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Palace Theater, Eastwood. The event sponsored by the Syracuse Labor Heritage Committee will feature the film "The Inheritance." The... Syracuse, NY-- The public is invited to the Labor History Film & Music Festival from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Palace Theater, Eastwood. The event sponsored by the Syracuse Labor Heritage Committee will feature the film "The Inheritance." The...



Health care and top employers

2009-08-17T22:21:21Z

Syracuse, NY--There's a debate going on at my house about health care reform, and I suspect it's going on at yours too. Over the weekend my husband commented that under the proposed federal plan employers would pay a penalty for... Syracuse, NY--There's a debate going on at my house about health care reform, and I suspect it's going on at yours too. Over the weekend my husband commented that under the proposed federal plan employers would pay a penalty for...



Temp workers

2009-08-14T22:04:29Z

Syracuse, NY--Two interesting stories on temporary workers crossed my computer this afternoon. In the first, Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, a medical sociologist at Montreal-based McGill Univeristy, presented research at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting on Aug. 9 showing that temporary workers... Syracuse, NY--Two interesting stories on temporary workers crossed my computer this afternoon. In the first, Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, a medical sociologist at Montreal-based McGill Univeristy, presented research at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting on Aug. 9 showing that temporary workers...



$10,000 in scholarships from Phillips Hairstyling

2009-08-14T21:17:41Z

Syracuse, NY--The Phillips Hairstyling Institute will offer $10,000 in annual cosmetology scholarships to honor co-founder; Betty Phillips-Mirabito. Phillips- Mirabito founded the school in 1981 and was the mother of Steven C. Phillips, the current owner and director. Her family established... Syracuse, NY--The Phillips Hairstyling Institute will offer $10,000 in annual cosmetology scholarships to honor co-founder; Betty Phillips-Mirabito. Phillips- Mirabito founded the school in 1981 and was the mother of Steven C. Phillips, the current owner and director. Her family established...



Free lunch

2009-08-13T22:13:36Z

Syracuse, NY-A tour of the RockTenn paperboard mill in Solvay raised an issue for me this morning. The mill that employs 250 workers recently hosted the CEO on tour. As a thank you for making the tour so successful, the... Syracuse, NY-A tour of the RockTenn paperboard mill in Solvay raised an issue for me this morning. The mill that employs 250 workers recently hosted the CEO on tour. As a thank you for making the tour so successful, the...



Being excited about your work

2009-08-12T23:28:46Z

Ford Motor Co. Director of Powertrain Research Dan Kapp talks about the Ecoboost engine. Syracuse, NY--Dan Kapp is truly excited about what he makes, and he wants everyone to know it. Kapp, the director for powertrain research for Ford... Ford Motor Co. Director of Powertrain Research Dan Kapp talks about the Ecoboost engine. Syracuse, NY--Dan Kapp is truly excited about what he makes, and he wants everyone to know it. Kapp, the director for powertrain research for Ford...



The complaint department

2009-08-12T17:49:24Z

Syracuse,NY--What ticks you off about a co-worker? The way they smack their lips when they eat at their desk, constant personal calls, too much perfume? CareerBuilder. com surveyed 2,667 hiring managers and human resource professionals for their top 20 strangest... Syracuse,NY--What ticks you off about a co-worker? The way they smack their lips when they eat at their desk, constant personal calls, too much perfume? CareerBuilder. com surveyed 2,667 hiring managers and human resource professionals for their top 20 strangest...



Citizens Bank fills kids backpacks

2009-08-11T21:11:13Z

Syracuse, NY-Citizens Bank distributed more than 100 backpacks to the Huntington Family Centers today in an effort targeted to Syracuse area children in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Citizens Bank donated the backpacks filled with school... Syracuse, NY-Citizens Bank distributed more than 100 backpacks to the Huntington Family Centers today in an effort targeted to Syracuse area children in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Citizens Bank donated the backpacks filled with school...



Federal government extends visa program

2009-08-10T22:15:44Z

Syracuse, NY-The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B to accept new petitions. The State Department has received far fewer than expected requests for the visas that are used by companies hiring temporary workers from... Syracuse, NY-The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B to accept new petitions. The State Department has received far fewer than expected requests for the visas that are used by companies hiring temporary workers from...



Getting The Ax

2009-08-10T19:11:35Z

Syracuse, NY--How far would you go to get a new job? Murder? A friend recommended a great novel about what happens when a job search goes terribly wrong by mystery writer Donald E. Westlake, who died earlier this year. In... Syracuse, NY--How far would you go to get a new job? Murder? A friend recommended a great novel about what happens when a job search goes terribly wrong by mystery writer Donald E. Westlake, who died earlier this year. In...



Will you be working at 100?

2009-08-05T21:24:51Z

Syracuse, NY--People always look at me oddly when I say I expect to continue working until I'm 70. I'm just being realistic. In order to get my full Social Security I'll have to work until I'm 66 anyways, so... Syracuse, NY--People always look at me oddly when I say I expect to continue working until I'm 70. I'm just being realistic. In order to get my full Social Security I'll have to work until I'm 66 anyways, so...



Some people alter their appearance to get a job

2009-08-05T20:53:21Z

Syracuse, NY-- As the competition tightens for jobs, some workers are altering their looks to impress interviewers. A recent survey by CareerBuilder of workers laid off in the last year found that 28 percent of said they have changed their... Syracuse, NY-- As the competition tightens for jobs, some workers are altering their looks to impress interviewers. A recent survey by CareerBuilder of workers laid off in the last year found that 28 percent of said they have changed their...



Half of those laid off find new jobs within three months

2009-08-05T20:47:54Z

Syracuse, NY--A June survey of laid off workers for CareerBuilder shows that 48 percent of those laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months found new full-time positions. That was up from 41 percent in March. The number... Syracuse, NY--A June survey of laid off workers for CareerBuilder shows that 48 percent of those laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months found new full-time positions. That was up from 41 percent in March. The number...



Starting your own business

2009-08-04T17:25:52Z

Syracuse, NY-- Last season, Michael Scott, the boss on the NBC sitcom "The Office" had had it with the new district manager. He quit on the spur of the moment and opened up a competing paper company. Being your... Syracuse, NY-- Last season, Michael Scott, the boss on the NBC sitcom "The Office" had had it with the new district manager. He quit on the spur of the moment and opened up a competing paper company. Being your...



Did someone say ice cream?

2009-07-28T21:39:19Z

Dick Blume/The Post StandardFrom left to right, Karen Vasquez, Phil Zollo and Karen Nasoni, with Beard Miller Co., one of the Franklin Square accounting firms in Syracuse, NY, eating ice cream as part of a celebration of National Accountants Day.... Dick Blume/The Post StandardFrom left to right, Karen Vasquez, Phil Zollo and Karen Nasoni, with Beard Miller Co., one of the Franklin Square accounting firms in Syracuse, NY, eating ice cream as part of a celebration of National Accountants Day....



Speaking of the heat

2009-07-28T17:16:16Z

Syracuse, NY--As I typed in a blog entry on beating the heat, I sat in my cubicle wearing a sweater and drinking hot tea. A co-worker jokes that he checked the weather map and the coldest place in the nation... Syracuse, NY--As I typed in a blog entry on beating the heat, I sat in my cubicle wearing a sweater and drinking hot tea. A co-worker jokes that he checked the weather map and the coldest place in the nation...



Working in the heat

2009-07-28T17:07:14Z

AP Photo by Seth PerlmanJake Stark cools off while working in the hog barn at the Illinois State Fair, in Springfield, Ill., in 2006. Industrial hygienists warn people to be careful when working in the heat. Syracuse, NY--I've been waiting... AP Photo by Seth PerlmanJake Stark cools off while working in the hog barn at the Illinois State Fair, in Springfield, Ill., in 2006. Industrial hygienists warn people to be careful when working in the heat. Syracuse, NY--I've been waiting...



Jobless checks and taxes

2009-07-24T16:47:48Z

Syracuse, NY--The New York Times had a wonderful article this morning describing a national unemployment system so overwhelmed by applicants that many are waiting months for benefits. Some lost their homes or skipped meals until the first unemployment check arrived.... Syracuse, NY--The New York Times had a wonderful article this morning describing a national unemployment system so overwhelmed by applicants that many are waiting months for benefits. Some lost their homes or skipped meals until the first unemployment check arrived....



Comfort Windows mulls expansion

2009-07-23T14:24:10Z

Some executives might envy Fritz Gentile's predicament. Comfort Windows & Door Co. Inc., the company he co-owns with his wife, Laurie, and brother-in-law Bill Putzer, has seen its business increase about 30 percent in the last year. Unlike other business... Some executives might envy Fritz Gentile's predicament. Comfort Windows & Door Co. Inc., the company he co-owns with his wife, Laurie, and brother-in-law Bill Putzer, has seen its business increase about 30 percent in the last year. Unlike other business...



No mandatory overtime for nurses

2009-07-20T18:38:44Z

AP Photo by Lucy NicholsonZenaida Same right, a California Registered Charge Nurse for 23 years, helps patient Debra Jackson, as she recovers from hip surgery, at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, in 2002. Syracuse, NY-- In my zeal... AP Photo by Lucy NicholsonZenaida Same right, a California Registered Charge Nurse for 23 years, helps patient Debra Jackson, as she recovers from hip surgery, at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, in 2002. Syracuse, NY-- In my zeal...