Layoffs and Downsizing

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    No Miami-Dade Police Cuts, Mayor Gimenez Announces

    First it was 228 Miami-Dade police officers facing layoffs, then it was 110. Now, apparently, it's zero. At a press conference yesterday, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez said that no officer job cuts were now on the table for next year's budget after he had come to new agreements with vario ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    New County Budget Would Cut Police Layoffs, Cost PAMM $1.5 Million

    Amid searing criticism from the Miami-Dade County police union for a budget that had slated layoffs for nearly a quarter of its force, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a revised plan last night that would see the number of layoffs reduced by half, with a chunk of the savings coming at the expens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    City of Miami PD to Hundreds of County Cops Facing Layoffs: Come Join Us

    Next Tuesday 400 Miami-Dade County police officers will gather in a large banquet hall at FIU's football stadium in University Park, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. The occasion? A frank talk about the officers' future unemployment. Under county mayor Carlos Gimenez's current proposed budget, 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Alexandra Villoch Becomes Miami Herald's First Female President and Publisher

    The ceiling at Miami Herald's former headquarters isn't the only one being demolished. Alexandra Villoch has been named the new publisher and president of the Herald -- the first time a woman has ever held the position. With Mindy Marques Gonzalez as executive editor, the Herald becomes not only o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Librarians Spared the Axe at Miami-Dade County Budget Hearing

    Call it Farenheit 305. Ever since he released a proposed budget plan that would have shuttered 22 libraries across Miami-Dade earlier this summer, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been trying to put out a fire of his own making. The backlash prompted him to find a way to keep those libraries open, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Miami-Dade Won't Close Any Libraries Now, But Huge Layoffs and Reduced Hours Are Likely

    Six weeks ago, Miami-Dade County commissioners refused to touch the property tax rate, knowing that without an increase they'd have to drastically chop services. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's solution -- shuttering 22 libraries -- was met with a rowdy public protest. This weekend, Gimenez told comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Mayor Gimenez Recommends Closing 22 Libraries, Laying Off 251 Librarians and 149 Firefighters

    With County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changing his mind on a tax increase, it's looking more and more likely that 22 of Miami-Dade county's 49 libraries will shutter next year. After a week of opposition to his proposed property tax increases, Gimenez will recommend to county commissioners today that no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    STK Miami Plans to Remain Open When Perry Hotel Closes for Renovation

    The Perry Hotel is about to transform into the modern and eco-friendly 1 Hotel. The $100 million renovation, which will begin in the spring, is a "full gut of nearly everything in the property," according to the property owner, Starwood Capital chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht. In an interview wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    American Airlines To Lay Off 1,209 People at Miami International Airport

    1,209 workers will find themselves out of work soon. American Airlines has filed a notice with the state that it plans to layoff 1,414 people between November 16 and December 16, just in time for the holidays. The vast majority of those jobs will be coming from Miami International Airport. Updated.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    University of Miami Med School to Lay Off 800 Employees

    The Miami economy got a shock today when the county's largest private employer, the University of Miami, filed a notice that it plans to lay off 800 employees from its medical school. The move comes two weeks after university president Donna Shalala said the medical school was planning on cutting ba ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2012
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    April 5, 2012

    Anders Gyllenhaal, Ex-Miami Herald Editor, Made Almost $1.3 Million at McClatchy Last Year

    At the Miami Herald, staffers are facing two weeks of unpaid furloughs this year and a hiring freeze has left key jobs unfilled for months. The paper's parent company, McClatchy, saw revenues drop 8 percent last year while advertising plummeted by 9 percent. So news that McClatchy has handsomely rew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Plum TV Files for Bankruptcy, Agrees to Sale

    ​Apparently Jerry Power wasn't joking about Plum TV's sad financial state. The company, which produces local television in luxury markets such as Miami Beach and the Hamptons and for a short while was in the magazine business, announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    North Miami Beach Police Employees Fired Over Santeria Curse On City Manager UPDATE

    ​North Miami Beach has fired two police department employees after they allegedly were caught in the office trying to cast a Santeria curse on the city manager shortly before mass layoffs were planned. Veteran officer Elizabeth Torres and office manager Yvonne Rodriguez were canned last week over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    240 Jobs Cut at Jackson Health System

    Just in time for the holidays, the top brass at Jackson Health System have decided to cut 240 jobs from their rolls. That means 170 people are now out of work just weeks before the holiday season. The rest of the job cuts are made up by the elimination of unfilled positions. 

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    On Our Layoff and the Illiterate South Florida Chronicle

    ​Some illiterate little paper I had never heard of -- and never hope to hear of again -- the South Florida Chronicle -- was reveling this morning in the fact that I had to lay off an employee a couple of weeks ago.Sorry, you simpletons. There were no big layoffs. One person in Miami and one i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2011
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    September 22, 2011

    Multimillionaire Mitt Romney Tells Miami Audience He's Middle Class

    ​Miami has been hit hard by unemployment, mass layoffs, and foreclosures. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, is estimated to be worth as much as $250 million and is so loaded he's looking to quadruple the size of his West Coast mansion. So it sure was weird when he came to Miami yesterday and implied in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Plum TV President Robert Gregory Leaves to Take Over Newsweek

    ​Less than a week after the departure of CEO Jerry Power and a day after mass layoffs were announced, the crumbling Plum TV luxury media empire now faces another loss. President Robert Gregory is leaving to take the same position at Newsweek Daily Beast Co. Of course, considering the state he left ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Plum TV: Large Layoffs and Major Restructuring UPDATED

    ​Just days after the resignation of CEO Jerry Powers, it seems Plum TV is headed for an uncertain future. Plum airs luxury lifestyle coverage on cable networks in a few high-end markets across America, including Miami Beach, Nantucket and Aspen, and recently launched magazines in Miami and the Ham ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    During Tampa Campaign Stop, Multimillionaire Mitt Romney Jokes That He's Unemployed

    ​To Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Florida's serious unemployment level is apparently a laughing matter. While talking to potential voters during a stop in Tampa today, Romney was listening to Floridians discuss the trouble of finding work. With a laugh, Romney said he too was unem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Miami-Dade Institutes First Performance-Based Pay Plan for Teachers in State

    ​Just days after hammering out an agreement that would avoid teacher layoffs in Miami-Dade, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced the implementation of the first performance-based pay plan for teachers in the state. Carvalho claims that some teachers could earn more than $100,000 a year, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    FIU Vice President Patti Bamford Claims School Fired Her for Whistleblowing

    ​Florida International University's former Associate Vice President of the Office of Business Services Patti Bamford has filed suit against the school, claiming that it fired her after blowing the whistle on some shady handling of money. Bamford claims the school publicly stated it didn't have the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Burger King Lays Off 261 Local Workers Right Before the Holidays

    The takeover of Burger King by private equity firm 3G Capital continues to have an aftertaste for longtime employees worse than their cardboard-y fries. The Miami-based, quick-meat chain has laid off 413 workers company wide, with about 261 of those coming out of South Florida. The brunt of those la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Boardroom Bloodbath at Burger King: Mass Executive Layoffs Under New Owners

    ​Burger King's new Brazilian owner, 3G Capitol, just officially took control of the company days ago, and they've wasted little time in cleaning house. At least seven high-level executives at the Miami-based fast food chain have been laid off. The move is surely a sign of changes to come in the fr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Miami Herald to Cut 49 More Jobs

    ​It seemed for a while that the worst for the Miami Herald may be over, but the paper just announced that they're cutting 49 jobs across the Miami Herald Media Company. Nine of those positions will come from the Herald's newsroom, with another six coming from El Nuevo Herald's newsroom.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Cuba To Lay Off 500,000 State Workers While Growing The Private Sector

    Fidel Castro now claims that his statement claiming that the Cuban model of communism no longer works was misinterpreted and taken out of context by an American journalist, but actions speak louder and words as the island nation has announced a major layoff of state workers. At least 500,000 workers ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010
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    December 15, 2009

    Miami Herald Now Asking for Donations

    via The Herald​Perhaps after a long, stressful day of crunching numbers and contemplating layoffs, some Miami Herald executive decided to go for a walk to clear his head. This being Miami and all, he came across a beggar asking for spare change. Wait, he could have thought, Maybe we have it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Nine City of Miami Workers Earning More Than $100K Get the Boot

    A couple months ago, the City of Miami's budget was about as well-balanced as Gary Busey on PCP. ​The Commission, Mayor Manny Diaz and the city's three unions staged a vicious tug-of-war over who would feel the most pain in plugging a $118 million hole.But as Tomas Regalado prepares to take o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Metro Dade Firefighters Battle For Their Jobs

    Adrien Cegora stood outside Miami Beach City Hall yesterday with a crease in his brow. The fit firefighter wore a red Metro-Dade T-shirt, along with about 50 of his co-workers. They hoped to send city commissioners a message: Indian Creek and Surfside? That's our territory. "Miami Beach is trying t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    News Roundup

    Local The city's preservation board unanimously decided the Bacardi buildings are worthy of historic status. [Herald] FIU's journalism school gets accreditation, just in time for the death of journalism as we know it. [Herald] Two local schools that were close due to swine flu have reope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Oh, Great. Staff Cuts at Crispin Porter, Too

    Does bad news come in threes? With Macy's slashing 600 local jobs, the Miami Herald announcing imminent lay offs, it now seems Crispin Porter Bogusky is joining the lay-off band wagon this week. Ad Age reports that Crispin will be cutting 6% of its work force, that's about 60 people. Those cuts wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Herald's ING-credibly Insensitive Headline

    Imagine that you're an accountant or a software engineer for ING and the terrible news reached you first thing this morning: You've been laid off.In fact, that's just what happened to 7,000 employees of the financial services giant today. Now imagine: you're grief-stricken, scared, wondering what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Hate Never Pays

    Focus on the Family spent millions battling gay marriage this election cycle, and is believed to be the single biggest donor to Amendment 2 sponsors Florida4Marraige (Homophobe in Chief John Stemberger was awarded the "Family Champion Award" by the group, and has close ties to leader James Dobson). ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2008

    Miami Herald Owner in Danger of Bankruptcy

    Layoffs, partnerships, and the Net conspire to kill South Florida's dailies.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Shake Ups at Ocean Drive Become Clearer

    The picture of what exactly happened at Ocean Drive on Tuesday is starting to become clearer. All Purpose Dark points us to a press release put out by Niche Media, the mag's publisher, last night. As we were the first to report, Glenn Albin and Carlos Suarez are indeed heading to New York and will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Blood Bath at Ocean Drive

    The Ocean Drive layoff rumors we mentioned earlier actually happened yesterday, and things were much worse then expected. Here's what we've learned so far (inadvertently) from a source within the mag: 25 people were laid off, and 15 more have the option of staying through the end of the year in ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Friday Night Newsroom Dump

    It has been a shitty, shitty two days for The Miami Herald, and now Broward New Times' Bob Norman is reporting that another round of newsroom lay offs went down this afternoon. 23 in all. Check back on that post latter, as Norman promises to update as he gets more information. This isn't a "haha H ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008

    David Byrne and Brian Eno

    Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (

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    August 15, 2008
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    July 9, 2008

    Herald Fires Copy Editor, But Keeps Him On to Blog About It

    So when The Miami Herald starting throwing down the ax last month, one of those casualties was copy editor Brayden Simms. He had only been hired full-time back in February, so it was no surprise that he got his walking papers (er, well maybe to him it was). But leave it to the Herald to take Simms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    If You Think We're In A Recession...

    Sure, the economy's bad here in South Florida. Workers are getting laid off, salaries slashed, homes foreclosed upon. But have some pity for the poor Deutsche Bank employees in Germany. According to the London Independent, senior executives of the German Bank can no longer expense brothel visits or ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2005
  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Deep Dish

    George Is On (Thrive)

  • City Life

    May 16, 2002
  • News

    December 10, 1998

    The Doctor is Out

    Beset by internecine battles, troubled leadership, and funding cuts, the local office of the Florida Department of Health is in need of intensive care.

  • News

    April 30, 1998

    Fall from Grace

    Health Crisis Network's stunning financial meltdown has spurred an outpouring of concern and a raft of rumors

  • News

    May 29, 1997

    Quit Your Bellyachin'!

    The City of Miami's version of the EEOC hasn't upheld a discrimination claim in years

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