Phoebe Putney Health System said Thursday that it is cutting 127 jobs as part of an organizational restructuring. These reductions come on top of the 33 “leadership’’ positions eliminated earlier this month by Phoebe Putney, the dominant hospital system in southwest Georgia. The Albany-based system said the job reduction would lower operating costs by $10 million. Similar staffing cuts are occurring elsewhere in the state and nation.
After selling more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is now taking action to cut costs. The resort in Pine Mountain is eliminating some jobs and will close the gardens for more than a week in early January.
Bibb County school system officials said the cuts won't automatically mean the employees will be laid off. The jobs account for about $4.23 million in annual salary and benefit costs. They are funded with grant money that won't be available in the 2013-14 school year.
Atlanta Public Schools plans to shed 350 positions next year and order two employee furlough days as it attempts to cut about $47 million from its budget. The school district Monday announced its plans for a $565.8 million budget for the 2012-2013 school year.
Postal workers at a south Georgia distribution center are expected to learn the fate of their jobs next week. The Albany Herald reports that Assistant Dougherty County Manager Mike McCoy participated in a meeting with the U.S. postmaster general recently, and learned that notification of workers in Albany is expected on Feb. 23.
Airplane-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. is laying-off 540 employees at three nationwide locations—including in Marietta, Ga. The company says it expects most of the affected workers to leave by year end. Lockheed is trying to cut costs in response to pressure to limit defense spending.
The University of Georgia is cutting another 18 jobs from its agriculture and enviromental sciences college. The school's dean, Scott Angle, tells the Athens Banner-Herald it's also selling a 522-acre agricultural research farm in Oconee County.