Poynter: This database shows media layoffs caused by the coronavirus

Poynter: This database shows media layoffs caused by the coronavirus. “The graphics of 2020 are grim ones — flattening the curve of the coronavirus, watching it spread, seeing jobs disappear. Now, we have another — what the pandemic has done to newsrooms in the U.S. Thanks to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, we can now see the places and mediums hit by cutbacks, layoffs, closures and more.”

Neowin: Google’s Waze lays off five percent of its staff

Neowin: Google’s Waze lays off five percent of its staff. “Waze said the layoffs were partly due to COVID-19, which has emptied roadways globally after many cities were placed into lockdown. Due to the restrictions, many began working from home, and thus, fewer people used the navigation service for declining needs. Waze measures its usage by monthly active users or the number of customers using the app monthly and driven kilometers. Both metrics have seen a dip in recent months.’

IT Pro Today: Mozilla Shrinks to Survive Amid Declining Firefox Usage

IT Pro Today: Mozilla Shrinks to Survive Amid Declining Firefox Usage. “Mozilla has been watching the user share of its flagship Firefox web browser shrink for a while, so it was hardly a surprise last week when the company announced it was doing some belt tightening that would result in another round of layoffs. What was a surprise were the numbers involved: The company is laying off about 250 employees, for a staff reduction of 25%, and is completely closing its operations in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, 60 employees will be shifted to new jobs, and the company will reduce spending on such things as developer tools, internal tooling and platform feature development.”

ZDNet: Thunderbird e-mail client survives Mozilla layoffs

ZDNet: Thunderbird e-mail client survives Mozilla layoffs. “Recently, Mozilla laid off almost a quarter of its staff. That meant bad news for its flagship Firefox web browser. And some people wondered if this also meant that Thunderbird, Mozilla’s e-mail client with 25 million users, was on its way out. It’s not. Thunderbird is safe.”

CNET: How COVID-19 is impacting jobs in the tech industry

CNET: How COVID-19 is impacting jobs in the tech industry. “COVID-19 has caused widespread economic damage to the tech sector, Indeed said in a report released Thursday. There are fewer tech job postings due to the coronavirus pandemic, while more people have been searching in the field, according to the job search website. Indeed, which looked through 564 tech-related job titles for the report, found data science was the hardest hit, with up to 51% fewer jobs advertised compared to a year ago for this role. Next was IT management, security and quality assurance, software development, system engineering, and IT operations and help desk.”

ProPublica: How the Trump Administration Allowed Aviation Companies to Keep Relief Money That Was Supposed to Go to Workers

ProPublica: How the Trump Administration Allowed Aviation Companies to Keep Relief Money That Was Supposed to Go to Workers. “Flying Food didn’t just lay off [Gebrish] Weldemariam. The Chicago-based company, one of the largest airline caterers in the country, has pink slipped more than 2,000 other workers since March. The cuts left the vast majority of its workforce out of a job at facilities in California, Chicago, Virginia and the New York City area, according to the union UNITE HERE, which represents Flying Food workers. Then in June, the Flying Food was approved to receive $85 million from the Trump administration from a pandemic relief program that was intended to preserve those very jobs.”

Deadline: CAA Furloughs 275 Employees And Lets Go Of 90 Agents & Executives In A Bombshell Move

Deadline: CAA Furloughs 275 Employees And Lets Go Of 90 Agents & Executives In A Bombshell Move. “CAA has dropped a bombshell today. The agency has confirmed rumors that it has let go of 90 agents and executives, and has furloughed 275 employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first layoff exercise that the agency has gone through, to this point, though technically the affected hourly employees aren’t being let go, they are being shelved for now. The agency will pay their health benefits through the length of the furlough, and those impacted can apply for unemployment to take some of the sting out of it.”

CNN: Some Instacart shoppers are having their jobs cut during the pandemic

CNN: Some Instacart shoppers are having their jobs cut during the pandemic. “By late April, Instacart said it had hired 300,000 independent contractor ‘full-service shoppers’ to meet the surge in customer demand, and the company said it plans to add another 200,000 over the next couple of months. However, some of its in-store shoppers, who are part-time employees of Instacart, are losing their jobs, CNN Business has learned. The job cuts are the result of at least two of Instacart’s store partners, Aldi and Sprouts, opting to replace Instacart’s in-store shoppers, as necessary, with their own employees.”

‘A Band-Aid on a bullet wound’: Workers are getting laid off anew as PPP runs out (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘A Band-Aid on a bullet wound’: Workers are getting laid off anew as PPP runs out. “The phone stopped ringing at the Nelsons’ auto-body shop in Broomfield, Colo., in March. The normal four-to-six-week wait for customers looking to have dents or bumps fixed on their cars disappeared, leaving the shop silent. Tammy Nelson and her husband, Scott, applied in April for a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program — the federal government’s chaotic $660 billion aid program meant to help businesses and their workers stay afloat. But the PPP loan had only delayed the inevitable — the phone didn’t start ringing again amid the surging pandemic. Nelson laid off her five employees at the end of June, including herself and her husband. They are among the first wave of PPP layoffs happening across the country, as the loan program begins to expire.”

Coronavirus: India’s biggest airline IndiGo to cut 10% of staff (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: India’s biggest airline IndiGo to cut 10% of staff. “Indian airline IndiGo has become the latest carrier to reveal how hard it has been hit by the collapse in demand for flights due to Covid-19. The country’s largest airline said it will shed 10% of its staff as it grapples with a slump in revenues.”

The Guardian: Guardian announces plans to cut 180 jobs

The Guardian: Guardian announces plans to cut 180 jobs. “The Guardian has announced plans to make job cuts in both editorial and commercial roles, as the economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the media industry. The proposals could affect up to 180 jobs – 110 in departments such as advertising, Guardian Jobs, marketing roles, and the Guardian Live events business, with 70 coming from editorial.”

ProPublica: The Airline Bailout Loophole: Companies Laid Off Workers, Then Got Money Meant to Prevent Layoffs

ProPublica: The Airline Bailout Loophole: Companies Laid Off Workers, Then Got Money Meant to Prevent Layoffs. “Three airline industry companies slated to receive $338 million in public money designed to preserve jobs in the hard-hit industry have laid off thousands of workers anyway, according to Treasury disclosure filings and public layoff data.”

WPVI: University of Pennsylvania alum creates job site for those unemployed due to COVID-19

WPVI: University of Pennsylvania alum creates job site for those unemployed due to COVID-19. “Aaron Fishkind recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a job lined up, but his verbal offer fell through. ‘Once the coronavirus hit and I followed up with them they were like, “We don’t have anything open at the time. We are firing not hiring,”‘ Fishkind said. Fishkind became active on a new site created by fellow Penn Students which links job seekers with recruiters.”

BBC: Plane-maker Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs amid coronavirus fallout

BBC: Plane-maker Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs amid coronavirus fallout. “Aerospace giant Airbus says it plans to cut 15,000 jobs as it deals with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. It will cut 1,700 jobs in the UK, along with thousands more in Germany, Spain and elsewhere. The move is subject to talks with unions which have opposed compulsory redundancies.”