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Links of the Day:

– Xerox is cutting an unspecified number of research and development jobs. The Democrat and Chronicle reports 189 workers got the ax companywide.

The job cuts come in the wake of Xerox getting a heavily-subsidized call center in Webster. The company is getting so many government incentives, the new facility may end up costing nothing.

Bob Lonsberry contrasts the lost R&D jobs to the gain of call center jobs:

Yesterday, with yet another round of layoffs, Ursula Burns – Xerox CEO and Obama economic advisor – showed again why employees never smile when they say her name.

Yesterday, at a company that sells high-tech products, she laid off more research and development staff. The engineers who would have invented tomorrow’s gee-whiz technologies, will instead by collecting tomorrow’s unemployment checks.

The same woman who complains that America isn’t training enough engineers, eliminated a few hundred American engineering jobs.


While being bribed by politicians to bring in crap jobs.


Xerox took taxpayer money to bring in low-wage, dead-end, call-center jobs. And it dumped hundreds of well-paid, professional, engineering jobs.

– The Buffalo News has done some of the best journalism on the LeRoy illness. Without sensationalism, the in-depth stories have clearly explained conversion disorder and given credence to experts. Today’s Q&A further debunks alternate theories, while questioning the role of the media.

– White firefighters in Buffalo will get paid a settlement for being passed over for promotions.

– In 1915, crews made the Genesee River downtown 10 feet deeper. The Democrat and Chronicle shows us how it was done.

3 Responses to The Xerox Job Shuffle

  1. February 9, 2012 at 9:09 am Jeffrey Rhodes responds:

    Well said im glad to see someone finally reporting the truth about xerox and the swindling ways to promote themselves in the media …. i witnessed many a cuts at xerox every year for the past decade … What really gets me is that they will hire a hundred college new hire at minimum salary every year to bring in fresh eager minds at lower salaries …. this doesnt get reported but happens every year. Thanx Ursala

  2. February 9, 2012 at 10:06 am James Simons responds:

    This is how they’ve turned Xerox into a “profitable” company. These research engineers might be able to find similar jobs here, but more than likely they will have to take lesser jobs to keep afloat. I suppose they could always take two call center jobs to still make less than what they were before. Of course they’d probably have to work 2nd and 3rd shift, but so what? American workers are resilient right? They could always retrain for other jobs that aren’t being created here. The middle class is slowly but surely being ground down into the working poor.

  3. February 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm Barb Mittiga responds:

    Every media outlet need to read that Q &A in the Buffalo News, sit back, take a deep breath, read it a few more times and then Leave Those Leroy Girls Alone. You are right Rachel, our local media has not done well with this situation, preferring sensationalism over medical expertise and reasonable common sense.

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