Thursday, May 2, 2013
State's governor says some are unemployed because they've taken illegal drugs.
Pennsylvania's governor has a new explanation for high unemployment rates. He says many of the unemployed can't pass a simple drug test. In a recent radio talk show, Gov. Tom Corbett said that while some of the state's issue with unemployment is a result of training for the new century's jobs, another has to do with applicants' abilities to pass a drug test. "We can't find anybody that has passed a drug test in a while," Corbett told PAMatters.com that employers have explained to him. Corbett relayed this on its live show. The governor said it is a "serious problem." According to ThinkProgress.org, the "number of people working in Pennsylvania tumbled by about 14,000 in March, following a drop of 6,000 in February."
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Councilwoman DeSouza attacked the contract with municipal employees saying it doesn't hold code enforcement officers to a high enough standard and grants too many vacation days and holidays.
Council voted to approve a two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which represents municipal clerks and code enforcement and parking officers on Tuesday by a 5-1 vote. The lone dissenter was Councilwoman Dr. Mary DeSouza, who voiced her opposition to the already negotiated contract, stating that it doesn't hold code enforcement officers to a high enough standard and offers pay raises and vacation and holiday time that is too generous for the municipality's current budget. The contract is reportedly retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011 and includes 2% annual pay raises, 12 paid holidays and up to 100 days of paid sick leave time that can be accrued. DeSouza also objected to the continued …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Growth in employment figures for Norristown is expected to be much slower than some neighboring municipalities.
According to figures released by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the employment forecast for Norristown is lagging compared to our closest neighbors. The DVRPC figures indicate that employment growth through 2040 will only reach 4%. That figure is considerably low compared to Montgomery County as a whole (11.7%) and our closest neighbors West Norriton (9.8%), East Norriton (24.4%), Plymouth Township (11.9%) and Upper Merion (8.8%). That unemployment growth in local jobs through 2040 matches the population growth rate forecasted by the DVRPC earlier this year. Norristown's population is expected to reach 35,713 by 2040. Interactive regional maps displaying the figures for population and employment growth can be …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Norristown Municipal Council member Marlon Millner has planned the event to help job seekers apply for jobs online – like those available at the new Einstein Medical Center opening in September.
"In today’s world, almost 90 percent of all available jobs must be applied for online at a website. Even people competing for low-wage, low-skilled jobs must apply online — from home or at the place of business," Norristown Municipal Council member Marlon Millner wrote in a letter to The Times Herald. "These same workers, and even some professional workers are not digitally literate, so applying for a job online can be difficult if not impossible for some." To help those job seekers get a leg up on applying for jobs online – specifically at places like the new Einstein Medical Center Montgomery opening in East Norriton in September – Millner is partnering with several area agencies to organize a Digital Job Fair at the Montgomery County-…
Monday, July 2, 2012
The college is hosting an open house and job fair for prospective instructors for its Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.
Monday, July 2, 2012
According to a release issued by Montgomery County Community College, the school's Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division will host an Instructor Job Fair and Open House in the Science Center lobby, Central Campus, at 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Wednesday, July 18, from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. MCCC is seeking part-time instructors for information technology, health care and other Continuing Education programs for the fall 2012. Interested candidates with experience in these areas should RSVP for the event by emailing Annamaria Marra at email@example.com. If you cannot attend but would like to be considered, please forward your resume to Rita Atake at firstname.lastname@example.org. Open house attendees will be given first …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Media reports of inked applicants having trouble getting hired have some tattoo enthusiasts seeking removal services.
According to Philly.com, tattoo-covered job seekers are facing obstacles with employers in the increasingly competitive job market. That competition is reportedly causing a boom in the laser ink removal industry nationwide with tattoo removals reportedly climbing 32% over the last year. The most common reason, according to a survey published by The Patient's Guide People are free to express themselves however they want on their bodies, but prospective employers have just as much right to turn down overly-inked applicants. According to Philly.com, a Pennsylvania U.S. District Court judge reaffirmed that just last year after a man sued the state police for denying him a job as a liquor enforcement officer because of a tattoo on his arm. "No…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Over 15,000 jobseekers applied to the new casino earlier this year. Executives say more hires to come.
According to The Times Herald, the newly opened Valley Forge Casino Resort in Upper Merion has already hired 900 employees (mostly full-time), many of them area residents. According to VFCR president Sal Scheri, more hiring is on the way. "Now that we’re in full operation we’re going to be constantly hiring because there’s always going to be people moving out of the area," Scheri told the Herald. "We’re always looking to bring great people in. We have 15,000 people in our database and we always want to keep building that database so that when we do have a position to fill we always have great people to choose from. We’re so excited that we created even more permanent jobs here in the community than we ever expected." When asked about …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The popular chain is taking bold strides and making tall contributions in the community.
With its Create Jobs for USA campaign, Starbucks hopes to accelerate job growth in the U.S., at a time when Americans are facing a job crisis and record unemployment numbers. Starbucks already hires about 200 people a day in the U.S., with plans to build new stores and revitalize older ones. But the country’s joblessness issue is too widespread for Starbucks to fix by creating a few thousand jobs. “While our business contributes to the communities we serve, we recognize that in this time of crisis, we can and must do more,” a Starbucks press release proclaimed. “Especially when the small business community, where Starbucks has its roots, is so challenged.” So the Seattle-based coffee giant has teamed up with Opportunity Finance Network (…
Friday, March 9, 2012
A Collegeville man and his wife have teamed up to help boost the job market and get greater visibility for both employers and potential employees with a new website.
Over the past few years, one of the hard-hitting issues in politics, conversation, and people's own realities has been the job market and the difficulty in finding employment. Coupled with that has been a roller coaster ride with gasoline prices and a poor economic state in general. The United States has a $16 trillion problem and one person isn't going to fix it all. Let's take a look back to 2010. Mike Schuler, a long-time Collegeville resident, is a daily newsreader, but over time, he just wasn't satisfied with what he was getting. "It just gets old reading about the negative stories in the media – the Wall Street, the housing market, even just the reality TV shows that are just doing no good for anybody," Schuler said. "So, I just got …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
CST certification gives the graduates an advantage in the job market.
According to a release issued by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), all of the college’s 2011 Surgical Technology graduates passed the National Certified Surgical Technologist Exam on Dec. 6, including Kristina Ndau of Norristown. According to the college, the CST certification affords the graduates with an advantage in the job market. Surgical Technology graduates are able to seek employment in physician office procedure rooms, freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, delivery rooms, sterile processing areas, community hospital operating rooms and acute and critical care facilities. Many surgical technologists are directly employed by surgeons and may choose to specialize in certain types of surgery. Others become sales …