Declining attendance and increased costs have the Minnesota Zoo facing a budget crisis. Zoo officials in Apple Valley have asked the state for $1.5 million in emergency funds to help maintain operations.
A Democratic state senator will buck her party’s historical alliance with the Minnesota teachers union and push to drop seniority as the main determinant in teacher layoffs. Sen. Terri Bonoff will formally introduce a bill aimed at the “last in, first out” layoff system common across Minnesota on Thursday.
After a year filled with scrutiny and scandal, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says cuts are coming. The archdiocese will cut more than $5 million, or about 20 percent from its budget.
General Mills plans to cut 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it’s trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company wrestles with a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals. The Minneapolis company expects about $135 million to $160 million in restructuring charges.
Layoffs are expected at the Minnesota Zoo, according to zoo officials. Slumping attendance and rising operating costs are leading zoo officials to lay off and unknown number of workers.
In a letter to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Remington says it will eliminate 34 jobs in September and another 34 early in January.
Target Corporation announced Wednesday that the company would be eliminating about 475 positions. The news comes after more than a month’s worth of bad press over a data breach.
Officials with Thomson Reuters announced this week it’s cutting a number of jobs at its Eagan location, resulting in the permanent loss of 184 positions. The announcement was made Monday to the company’s full-time employees. The legal publishing company announced in October that they’d be cutting 5 percent of all its workforce.
The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
Another potential round of layoffs is looming over one of the Twin Cities’ largest employers. Boston Scientific says it plans to let about 1,500 workers go over the next two years.
Target said on Wednesday it let 150 employees go from its corporate headquarters. The company said the cuts were necessary to “eliminate duplications” and because of shifting roles to focus on its top priorities.
The federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown – even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.
The Minnesota job market took a bit of a hit Thursday as the state’s largest bank announced job cuts that will affect thousands. Wells Fargo, which has offices in Minneapolis, announced it is cutting more than 2,300 jobs.
Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3 percent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains.
Officials with Best Buy, Inc., announced Tuesday they’re cutting costs and eliminating 400 jobs at its Richfield headquarters as part of a restructuring plan.