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October 28, 2011
If you have any doubt about the “facts” pertaining to Walmart's demeaning labor policies, please watch “Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price.” I watched with my daughter who recently moved here from a small town in Texas, where Walmarts are frequently the only place to shop because every small grocery, clothing, pharmacy and hardware store in an area where a Walmart moved in has gone out of business. After listening to the heartbreaking stories of former Walmart employees and managers, we reached the conclusion that we will never set foot in a Walmart.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | July 18, 2009
GLENDALE — Local unemployment rates held steady in June, with numbers in Glendale and Burbank remaining under 10%, according to a report released Friday by the state’s Economic Development Department. While the percentage of job seekers stayed on par with May statistics in Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose, the area’s workforce did shrink by a combined total of 200, according to the department. There are a total of 187,700 workers in the area, of which 17,000 cannot find jobs, for a combined unemployment rate of 9%, according to the figures.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 25, 2008
GLENDALE ? The Verdugo Job Center on Tuesday reported a sharp spike in job seekers last month, a byproduct of skyrocketing gasoline prices and a crushing housing crisis that has forced thousands to search for work, officials said. In May, the employment center reported 7,000 clients, 3,000 of whom were first-time visitors to the center. Last year at the same point, the center reported 5,000 clients, manager Judith Sernas said. ?We?ve seen quite a jump,? Sernas said. ?Some are looking for a second job, others are recently laid off and looking for training.
BUSINESS
By Rachel Kane | April 25, 2007
Videotag creators Matt Johnston and Michael Agee are trying to put a new face on resumes. Namely, yours. Their Burbank-based Web business provides free, online storage space for potential employees to attach video clips to their online resumes. With the advent of video sharing communities such as YouTube.com, people all over the country have been plugging toward their 15 minutes of fame by uploading their documentations of wild parties and pet tricks. But Johnston and Agee see the free exchange of visual information as an opportunity to land a better job rather than notoriety on the Internet.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 28, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Amid the backdrop of a dubious 10.1% state jobless rate, California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell unveiled a new online tool Friday for those seeking help finding jobs and education resources. O’Connell announced the new online resource at the Verdugo Jobs Center on South Central Avenue the same day the governor’s office announced that the state’s unemployment rate had climbed past 10% for the first time since June 1983.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Since getting laid off roughly four years ago, Jennifer Reaves has scored a number of temporary gigs through Burbank's self-serve job center, WorkForce Connection. Now, the 26-year-old is looking for something more permanent. One morning at the center, which recently returned to its old digs after they were seismic retrofitted, two job postings piqued Reaves' interest - an opening for aquatics program coordinator and another for firefighter recruits. The free center attracts between 800 and 1,000 job seekers a month, offering access to computers and the Internet, along with job listings ranging from customer service and accounting, to welding and truck driving, said April Moreno, who oversees the program.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 1, 2014
Veterans hunting for jobs can print out their resumes and head to McCambridge Recreation Center Thursday for the Veterans Job Fair. About 50 employers have registered to attend, and will be holding on-the-spot interviews and collecting resumes from job seekers, city officials said. Participating employers include Warner Bros., Charter Communications, Lowe's Home Improvement, Stock Building Supply, Bank of America, the Social Security Administration, the Beverly Hilton and Andrews International.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2006
Holiday celebration in the Magnolia District The Magnolia Park Property Based Business Improvement District will present its Holiday in the Park Celebration and Open House from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday on Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way in Burbank. The evening will be devoted to strolling and sampling of food at the dozens of eateries in the Magnolia Park neighborhood. The festivities include live music, entertainment, photos with Santa and refreshments.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | October 2, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Demand for career advice has skyrocketed at the Verdugo Jobs Center, more than doubling from last year’s stream of about 4,000 monthly out-of-work visitors, the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board reported Tuesday. The board oversees the center, which offers career training and counseling to job seekers, said Don Nakamoto, labor market analyst for the board. It now offers its free services to between 9,000 and 10,000 visitors monthly, he said. “I think because of what’s happened to the economy and how certain areas of the economy have just been devastated, and how their outlook has not been positive, either in the short term or the long term, a lot of people are coming in and hoping that they can just get access to training,” Nakamoto said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Since getting laid off roughly four years ago, Jennifer Reaves has scored a number of temporary gigs through Burbank's self-serve job center, WorkForce Connection. Now, the 26-year-old is looking for something more permanent. One morning at the center, which recently returned to its old digs after they were seismic retrofitted, two job postings piqued Reaves' interest - an opening for aquatics program coordinator and another for firefighter recruits. The free center attracts between 800 and 1,000 job seekers a month, offering access to computers and the Internet, along with job listings ranging from customer service and accounting, to welding and truck driving, said April Moreno, who oversees the program.
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NEWS
October 28, 2011
If you have any doubt about the “facts” pertaining to Walmart's demeaning labor policies, please watch “Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price.” I watched with my daughter who recently moved here from a small town in Texas, where Walmarts are frequently the only place to shop because every small grocery, clothing, pharmacy and hardware store in an area where a Walmart moved in has gone out of business. After listening to the heartbreaking stories of former Walmart employees and managers, we reached the conclusion that we will never set foot in a Walmart.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | July 18, 2009
GLENDALE — Local unemployment rates held steady in June, with numbers in Glendale and Burbank remaining under 10%, according to a report released Friday by the state’s Economic Development Department. While the percentage of job seekers stayed on par with May statistics in Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose, the area’s workforce did shrink by a combined total of 200, according to the department. There are a total of 187,700 workers in the area, of which 17,000 cannot find jobs, for a combined unemployment rate of 9%, according to the figures.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 28, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Amid the backdrop of a dubious 10.1% state jobless rate, California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell unveiled a new online tool Friday for those seeking help finding jobs and education resources. O’Connell announced the new online resource at the Verdugo Jobs Center on South Central Avenue the same day the governor’s office announced that the state’s unemployment rate had climbed past 10% for the first time since June 1983.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 25, 2008
GLENDALE ? The Verdugo Job Center on Tuesday reported a sharp spike in job seekers last month, a byproduct of skyrocketing gasoline prices and a crushing housing crisis that has forced thousands to search for work, officials said. In May, the employment center reported 7,000 clients, 3,000 of whom were first-time visitors to the center. Last year at the same point, the center reported 5,000 clients, manager Judith Sernas said. ?We?ve seen quite a jump,? Sernas said. ?Some are looking for a second job, others are recently laid off and looking for training.
BUSINESS
By Rachel Kane | April 25, 2007
Videotag creators Matt Johnston and Michael Agee are trying to put a new face on resumes. Namely, yours. Their Burbank-based Web business provides free, online storage space for potential employees to attach video clips to their online resumes. With the advent of video sharing communities such as YouTube.com, people all over the country have been plugging toward their 15 minutes of fame by uploading their documentations of wild parties and pet tricks. But Johnston and Agee see the free exchange of visual information as an opportunity to land a better job rather than notoriety on the Internet.
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