Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Duke Energy begins slashing staff

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Fortunately, it looks as if Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters won't be affected by the company's recently announced plan to save money via layoffs. (Of course, the masters of spin are calling their employee reduction efforts "buyouts," not "layoffs.")

In fact, it sounds as if the company's headquarters are being fortified — which is good news for the Q.C.

Read more from The Charlotte Business Journal:

Duke Energy Corp. will offer voluntary buyouts to employees and reorganize its corporate staff to save up to $200 million per year in personnel, travel, real estate expenses, among other costs.

Duke says no layoffs are planned if the Charlotte-based company fails to reach its savings target. And there are no specific goals for the number of departures.

Spokesman Tom Williams says employees were informed of the buyouts and reorganization late Monday afternoon.

The buyouts will be offered to most nonunion employees. Those who accept them will begin leaving by the end of March, Williams says.

Some corporate jobs will be moved here from Cincinnati and Plainfield, Ind. But Duke does not expect a major increase in its Charlotte employment from those relocations.

Read the rest of this article here.

In related news, Goodwill gets a grant to train job seekers for "green-industry" related jobs.

Have a splash of irony: Here are a few job hunting tips from a CPCC job fair in 2008:

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