layoffs en Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts <p>Seattle school counselors say they&rsquo;re getting hit harder than ever by budget cuts, and a pack of them turned out at Wednesday&rsquo;s school board meeting to protest the latest round of layoffs.</p><p>It all stems from a change three years ago to how Seattle Public Schools funds counselors in elementary schools. The district stopped paying for them as regular employees, and instead gave schools a choice: use your discretionary money, or let them go. Now, almost two thirds of elementary schools don&rsquo;t have a counselor, and the district has sent pink slips to a dozen counselors at middle-and high schools.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:49:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5217 at Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts Layoffs add up to a sober week for Hanford workers <p>More than 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are getting layoff notices. This latest round of downsizing started this week due to reduced federal funding in 2012.</p><p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:12:15 +0000 Anna King 2791 at Hanford layoffs not based just on seniority <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; Seniority won&#39;t be the only factor for determining layoffs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. Pink slips are expected in six weeks by several <a href="">Hanford contractors</a> because federal stimulus money is tapering off.</p><p>CH2MHill and Mission Support Alliance are the federal contractors planning on the 1,600 lay-offs. The companies say union employees will lose their jobs based on seniority: those with the least experience going first.</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 23:57:34 +0000 Anna King 2226 at Layoff notices for up to 1,200 Hanford workers <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; Hanford nuclear reservation cleanup contractors are beginning Thursday to notify up to 1,200 workers they will be laid off at the end of September.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:55:04 +0000 The Associated Press 2193 at Senate approves performance-based teacher lay-offs <p>The State Senate has approved a controversial proposal to base teacher lay-offs on performance - not seniority. The vote late Tuesday triggered a heated debate on the Senate floor and split majority Democrats. Senator Rodney Tom is a suburban Seattle Democrat. He led the charge for performance-based lay-offs:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why in the world would you ever lay-off a second year or third year or fourth year teacher of the year in lieu of maybe an eight or ninth year teacher who is on probation? It just makes no sense.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:06:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1195 at State budget cuts fall on nurses, moms and infants <p></p><p>If those cuts don't sound harsh enough, you can add "low-income" and "people of color" to the headline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:41:22 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 528 at State budget cuts fall on nurses, moms and infants