Granite Construction cuts 227 workers

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

In the throws of a stalled construction industry, Granite Construction announced plans Monday to cut 227 workers, or 13 percent of its salaried work force.
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Wescruz

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Just as always the greedy county employees will be there to help laid off workers get ebt cards, and employment assistance. And any other benefits that are available.
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Another example of the devastating legacy of the Bush era. I'm sure he's sitting at home very concerned right now.
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The company has over 1billion in work/contracts waiting to be completed, but lays of employees... who's going to do all that work. Makes no sense.
Guv here to help

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So much for the shovel-ready jobs the Obamaites promised. How do you like it so far!
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screwy business wrote:
The company has over 1billion in work/contracts waiting to be completed, but lays of employees... who's going to do all that work. Makes no sense.
Its called profit margin. The work will get done, just take longer.
The Accountant

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Wescruz wrote:
Just as always the greedy county employees will be there to help laid off workers get ebt cards, and employment assistance. And any other benefits that are available.
Are you talking about unemployment INSURANCE? Doesn't the employee pay SUI?
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They should go replace the nurses who are striking at the Hospital despite their $67/hr pay.
Wescruz

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The Accountant wrote:
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Are you talking about unemployment INSURANCE? Doesn't the employee pay SUI?
Geez, read what I wrote, and it is that simple.
Boring

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Another example of the devastating legacy of the Bush era. I'm sure he's sitting at home very concerned right now.
You mean like NAFTA? Bush started it but Clinton SIGNED it. How about outsourcing? It was a huge topic in the Clinton administration but did he stop it? No. I do believe the Democrats had a majority during the Bush Jr administration. What did they do? Nothing. Simple minded liberals and conservatives that only know how spew ignorant hate are the real problem. Unfortunately they have the right to vote and they stupidly keep sending the same thieves back into power regardless of political affiliation.
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Wescruz wrote:
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Geez, read what I wrote, and it is that simple.
That's why I'm asking. What is employment assistance?
Bushed

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Boring wrote:
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You mean like NAFTA? Bush started it but Clinton SIGNED it. How about outsourcing? It was a huge topic in the Clinton administration but did he stop it? No. I do believe the Democrats had a majority during the Bush Jr administration. What did they do? Nothing. Simple minded liberals and conservatives that only know how spew ignorant hate are the real problem. Unfortunately they have the right to vote and they stupidly keep sending the same thieves back into power regardless of political affiliation.
No. I'm talking about how Bush sent our economy into a tailspin and tanked it almost into oblivion. Remember people (still) losing jobs , retirement funds, homes, security and hope? What planet were YOU on?

Interesting how "independent" comments like yours seem to come up only in defense of the GOP.

Just some things to keep in mind come voting time...
been there

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Oct 26, 2010
 
And they REALLY think about rebuilding instead of repairs? Like a domino effect; This down; that down, materials down, construction down......

Cemex started it.
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Granite Construction is one of the finest companies in the area. They would only lay-off employees as the result of terrible economic conditions. This not a corporate greed situation but a necessary measure to stay alive for a better day.

There is no joy at Granite today.
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With all the bellicose threats from North Korea, perhaps Granite could start a new fad and get property owners to build bomb shelters similar to cold war bunkers. If the fad takes off, maybe we could reopen the Cemex plant too. Think of all the private contractors who could be employed building forms. Just an idea to get money flowing...
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Bushed wrote:
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No. I'm talking about how Bush sent our economy into a tailspin and tanked it almost into oblivion. Remember people (still) losing jobs , retirement funds, homes, security and hope? What planet were YOU on?
Interesting how "independent" comments like yours seem to come up only in defense of the GOP.
Just some things to keep in mind come voting time...
Yeah - and the band that played before ours was so bad, the audience were still booing them when we took the stage.
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Bushed wrote:
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No. I'm talking about how Bush sent our economy into a tailspin and tanked it almost into oblivion. Remember people (still) losing jobs , retirement funds, homes, security and hope? What planet were YOU on?
Interesting how "independent" comments like yours seem to come up only in defense of the GOP.
Just some things to keep in mind come voting time...
As usual another hater that can't get the point. The "tailspin" didn't start with Bush. It started with the erosion of American production by your elected officials. It was also greatly contributed to by the Democrat policy that every family must own a home whether or not they can afford it which contributed to lax banking oversight. If you were literate you would have noticed I stated this is not a Republican/Democrat issue. I'm a moderate. Always have been. Always will be. Extremists left or right are mental. The fervor of small minded people who are incapable of looking at history are doomed to repeat it. Go on with you're PC little rant now.
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Boring wrote:
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As usual another hater that can't get the point. The "tailspin" didn't start with Bush. It started with the erosion of American production by your elected officials. It was also greatly contributed to by the Democrat policy that every family must own a home whether or not they can afford it which contributed to lax banking oversight. If you were literate you would have noticed I stated this is not a Republican/Democrat issue. I'm a moderate. Always have been. Always will be. Extremists left or right are mental. The fervor of small minded people who are incapable of looking at history are doomed to repeat it. Go on with you're PC little rant now.
Again, not really impressed with "independents" or "moderates" that for some odd reason are always defending the GOP. Name calling doesn't help your arguments or credibility either.
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Boring wrote:
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As usual another hater that can't get the point. The "tailspin" didn't start with Bush. It started with the erosion of American production by your elected officials. It was also greatly contributed to by the Democrat policy that every family must own a home whether or not they can afford it which contributed to lax banking oversight. If you were literate you would have noticed I stated this is not a Republican/Democrat issue. I'm a moderate. Always have been. Always will be. Extremists left or right are mental. The fervor of small minded people who are incapable of looking at history are doomed to repeat it. Go on with you're PC little rant now.
Here's my little PC rant after yours...

And Bush wandered around the White House in office for 8 years. When he wasn't drooling and picking his nose, he let a senseless war happen.
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Bushed wrote:
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Again, not really impressed with "independents" or "moderates" that for some odd reason are always defending the GOP. Name calling doesn't help your arguments or credibility either.
Who cares who is to blame for this, it happened on Obama's watch!....
Ante payback a b-tch?......
Lynn Gai- Santa Cruz CA

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The Accountant wrote:
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Are you talking about unemployment INSURANCE? Doesn't the employee pay SUI?
Actually it is the employer, not the employee that pays unemployment insurance.This is a tax for having employees, not a reward. This program was created so there is the option of adjusting workforce. This is not an investment by the workers. The employees pays disability insurance (SDI).

So in reality, unemployment may actually be increased by Employment Development

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