FROM Eric Savitz
Who's Hiring, Who's Firing and How to Cope This week, literally thousands of people have lost their jobs in manufacturing, construction and industry. Even in Silicon Valley, unemployment is rising fast. With Congress debating his stimulus plan, President Obama spoke to a roomful of CEO's today, telling them that what they do matters more than what happens in Washington. Who will most likely be laid off? Which companies are trying to hold on to employees? In an economy transformed by recession, what will it take to get the next job?
The Ravages of Unemployment Monday, it was 20,000 at Caterpillar , 8,000 at Pfizer and Sprint/Nextel and 7,000 at Home Depot . Yesterday it was 3500 at Corning Glass and today it’s 10,000 at Boeing . In manufacturing and retail, even in Silicon Valley , unemployment is rising fast. With Congress debating his stimulus plan , President Obama spoke to a roomful of CEO’s today. He said what they do matters more than what happens in Washington. We hear which workers are most likely to be laid off and which companies are trying to hold on to their employees. In an economy transformed by recession, what will it take to get the next job?
With Steve Jobs Sick, Will Apple Stay Healthy? Steve Jobs will step aside as Apple’s CEO at least until June because his medical condition is “more complex” than he thought it was. That’s all the world knows right now about the man considered vital to one of the world’s most successful technological innovators.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.