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C.R. Bard announces plans to cut 50 jobs in 2012

2011-12-02T20:28:00Z 2012-07-25T07:27:56Z C.R. Bard announces plans to cut 50 jobs in 2012By DAVID TAUBE -- dtaube@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
December 02, 2011 8:28 pm  • 

QUEENSBURY -- C.R. Bard plans to cut 50 more local jobs in 2012.

The announcement was made Friday to employees, but the company also said it could retain Queensbury workers by bringing new products to the site.

The global medical company announced last winter 200 positions would be shifted from the Queensbury plant to other areas. Less than half of that number was immediately impacted at that time, C.R. Bard Vice President and Treasurer Scott Lowry said Friday.

"We're obviously committed to the area, and we're looking for other opportunities to move products in," Lowry said. "We don't view this as anything major or something as a signal in any way."

The 50 positions could be relocated outside the U.S., and would leave the Queensbury plant with around 770 employees. Severance packages will be available.

The positions are related to steerable catheters. It is unknown which product line or lines would replace the steerable catheters.

An assembly line worker said the decision came at 11 a.m. from team leaders to groups. The woman also said the company told workers the 50 jobs would be relocated by July to a C.R. Bard facility in Mexico. She requested her name not be used because she feared she could lose her job if identified.

Edward Bartholomew, the Glens Falls economic/community development director, said the city has been working to aid the region's medical device makers.

As part of a city grant application sent in October to the governor's Capital Regional Council of Economic Development, the city requested money to study the status and stability of the medical device industry in the region.

Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. CEO Tom Hoy has also expressed concerns over the industry's stability. He noted the issue to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer when the senator visited the South Street construction project earlier this year.

"We'd certainly like to stop the floodgate of jobs leaving our area to go overseas," Bartholomew said.

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  1. rdc
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    rdc - December 08, 2011 1:18 pm
    Bernie Sanders? Last time I looked he was a VT rep. I really don't think he'll be interested in this.
    My favorite line out of this was the Bard mouthpiece saying, "We don't view this as anything major". Good PR there, bub. You cut 16+% of the jobs and pooh-pooh it as nothing "major". Note to Bard employees: you're nothing major.
  2. independentguy
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    independentguy - December 08, 2011 12:30 pm
    hey Bartholomew: Mexico is not overseas. it is in North America. this guy is leading our economic council and does not know where Mexico is? good grief. folks, welcome to the new world order. corporate america is only concerned with bottom line. period. the mexicans can do the work alot cheaper than paying wages here.
  3. Muz i Belka
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    Muz i Belka - December 08, 2011 11:20 am
    upstatelibertarian said: "You speak as if the only ones entitled to a decent wage, benefits package and any type of employment compensation are the executives. Companies are like alcoholics at a 2 for one drink night when it comes to output of production; before the first drink is gone they are asking for more. And that's fine when you you have to make a buck and stay competitive but what about giving a little back to the people they crack the whip upon? In a report from the census bureau in 2011 the blue collar worker has increased labor productivity by 78% , but wages stay stay stagnant. It is the middle class worker that also contributes more to the GNP but they are still hit the most with tax burdens and economic disparity. It's not the unions that have cause this, but the greed of the 1%."

    Whoh, I'm even agreeing with @upstatelibertarian today. Must be a full moon.
  4. Report Abuse
    - December 06, 2011 6:51 pm
    Hard to imagine so many living very modestly (as opposed to anywhere near the top 20%, let alone 1%) that hold attitudes detrimental to their own prospects.

    Perhaps it's indicative of the success our rightwing press (Fox, e.g.) has w/ 1/2 truths aimed at insuring the status quo all-4-the-rich policy STILL the cornerstone of nat. Republicans. It's policy that's contributed to decling median income, but great policy - 4 the few near the top.

    "It's the unions to blame," scream many, anything but well off themselves.

    They've forgotten the 70 hr. wk., child labor in deplorable conditions, & pittance pay be4 unions, over many decades organized and elected gov'ts friendly to the causes of WORKERS.

    Do ANTI-gov't & ANTI-union folks really think their prospects for a "better deal" from THEIR owner/managers is/will be improved as brothers in the pub. sector lose jobs & bennies?

    We Joe 6-pks BOUGHT foreign goods creating jobs - OFFSHORE!

    Many STILL BUY Fox "news?" GREAT - 4 the rich.
  5. upstatelibertarian
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    upstatelibertarian - December 05, 2011 7:00 pm
    helipilot said: " but face reality - your Unions are responsibile for this happening. They only know two words - "more money, more money, more money" and that is why your jobs are going elsewhere.."
    You speak as if the only ones entitled to a decent wage, benefits package and any type of employment compensation are the executives. Companies are like alcoholics at a 2 for one drink night when it comes to output of production; before the first drink is gone they are asking for more. And that's fine when you you have to make a buck and stay competitive but what about giving a little back to the people they crack the whip upon? In a report from the census bureau in 2011 the blue collar worker has increased labor productivity by 78% , but wages stay stay stagnant. It is the middle class worker that also contributes more to the GNP but they are still hit the most with tax burdens and economic disparity. It's not the unions that have cause this, but the greed of the 1%.
  6. truthplz
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    truthplz - December 05, 2011 10:10 am
    What this string is missing is the fact that moving product lines in and out is the main purpose of the Glens Falls Bard plant. This plant is a research facility designed to take a new product idea from conception to market. Once the product is succesfully marketed, it is supposed to be moved to another facility to make room for the next new product line. I am sure, because I have seen it happen before, that when the new product line arrives, so will most of the jobs that were recently cut. How many of the 200 from last fall were actually let go and have not returned to work? I work for a competitor and was laid off from there in 2009, only to be called back four months later along with many from that lay off. Sometimes business necessities look worse than they are.
  7. St-Egreve
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    St-Egreve - December 05, 2011 6:12 am
    Too bad we don't have a law where the CEO and all the big muckymucks at BARD and their families would be deported to the country to where they're sending the jobs. And never again be allowed to set foot in the States. Don't drink the water...
  8. nottheaverageguy
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    nottheaverageguy - December 04, 2011 9:22 pm
    some of the same posters probably have no problem with the seasonal flood of foreign labor every summer taking local jobs before they have a chance to even apply. all for the need of greed forget work ethic nonsense. treat people right they will do a good job, treat them as if they can be replaced in 5 minutes and you get a temporary attitude. boycott seasonal foreign labor and selling out to foreign manufacturing
  9. johnmcd
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    johnmcd - December 04, 2011 8:33 pm
    helipilot said: "I too am against jobs going overseas, but face reality - your Unions are responsibile for this happening. They only know two words - "more money, more money, more money" and that is why your jobs are going elsewhere

    So what you're saying is that the powerful union at Bard is why they are moving jobs to Mexico. Not likely, just another case of making products cheaper overseas to improve the bottom line at the expense of the American worker. Last I knew there was no union at Bard so what exacyly is your excuse for this?
  10. MaketheSense
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    MaketheSense - December 04, 2011 3:37 pm
    observer11 said: "Bernie Sanders? REALLY?? He's an avowed socialist. He doesn't give a crap about your individual problems, he's for the greater good. That's what socialism is all about. A few workers and a whole lot of loafers taking what they can from the few workers. Don't wonder why the cost of guvment is out of control when Bernie Sanders is around. Tax all of those millionaires, that'll save us. Oh wait, they all left town and took their money with them. By the way, do you vote?"

    Just to keep your comment in perspective, those millionaires you just voted for? They left town.

    Why do you keep voting for them??
  11. kingsbury
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    kingsbury - December 04, 2011 11:51 am
    cixelsyd said: "Funny how I've been reading how unemployment is going down and this story pops up. More skilled labor being shipped off. Soon all our mill jobs will either move to Mexico or go belly up from lack of sales. It may be okay though. We'll always be able to work at a fast food restaurant or a convenience store."

    The "rate of unemployment" is quite misleading because it fails to reflect the fact that some individuals coming off unemployment assistance actually still don't have jobs. But since they no longer count towards the total number receiving unemployment assistance it is reported in the headlines that the "unemployment rate has fallen". If an actual count was taken of the total number of unemployed individuals the number would be staggering!
  12. boston
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    boston - December 04, 2011 11:08 am
    To think the Fed "expert" said things were getting better. You haven't seen anything yet folks.
  13. cixelsyd
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    cixelsyd - December 04, 2011 10:58 am
    Beyondbelief - The trade act doesn't do crap for workers. A couple of years of unemployment and pay for you to go to school to retrain. For what? If your lucky enough to find a job? I bet whatever you get will be paying much less than what you have now. The problem lies within the Government allowing these companies to do this. Don't blame the company, blame big brother.
  14. helipilot
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    helipilot - December 04, 2011 10:57 am
    I too am against jobs going overseas, but face reality - your Unions are responsibile for this happening. They only know two words - "more money, more money, more money" and that is why your jobs are going elsewhere.
    Just looked at the label in my "Adidas" sweat pants - made in Indonesia and my Nike shirt - made in Pakistan. Nike sneakers, made in Vietnam, Delta grinder - made in China etc,etc.
    It is almost impossible to buy American, although I try my best too. If you are a good dependable worker, you don't need a Union to keep your job.
    I know I'll get blasted by some Union Diehards - but this in MY opinion as a retired Corporate Officer.
  15. billyjones
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    billyjones - December 03, 2011 11:17 pm
    yeah they are giving BARD employees benefits but the people who are not employed by BRAD and are employed by Keena we get nothing. but when we were hired BARD said that we would be hired if they liked our work and if not they would let us go. well they new that they were never going to hire us as a BARD employee so we get nothing from them witch is wrong for them to do.
  16. observer11
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    observer11 - December 03, 2011 10:01 pm
    Bernie Sanders? REALLY?? He's an avowed socialist. He doesn't give a crap about your individual problems, he's for the greater good. That's what socialism is all about. A few workers and a whole lot of loafers taking what they can from the few workers. Don't wonder why the cost of guvment is out of control when Bernie Sanders is around. Tax all of those millionaires, that'll save us. Oh wait, they all left town and took their money with them. By the way, do you vote?
  17. johnmcd
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    johnmcd - December 03, 2011 9:37 pm
    Its funny that when a company announces layoffs and the jobs moving over seas everyone bitches, but when a union goes on strike to try and prevent the samething everyone on here says they should be lucky to have a job. Which is it people?
  18. beyond belief
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    beyond belief - December 03, 2011 6:59 pm
    On 4/15/2011, the Department of Labor approved a petition for workers separated from CR Bard between 2/14/2010 and 4/15/2013 to be eligible for benefits/services under “The Trade Act”. The petition # is 75308. Contact your local Department of Labor office for more information.


  19. lauramcd13
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    lauramcd13 - December 03, 2011 6:59 pm
    rich,voters put those politicians in their seats,if they are not working for you,then you need to go out and vote someone else in. period.
  20. chipmunkjo
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    chipmunkjo - December 03, 2011 6:43 pm
    saw this coming long ago. i voted for ross perot. that didnt work so i got a low-paying job in a hotel. and now i dont have that either. but unemployment rates are going down, they say. whoohoo. we need to demand that us companies make here to sell here. end of story. pass the laws or face a revolution of stewart and walmart and hospitality workers across america. we need change now!!
  21. Rich-P
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    Rich-P - December 03, 2011 5:13 pm
    lauramcd13 said: "actually contacting Gibson is exactly what they should do because there is a federal tax on catheters that is very high,and Gibson is actually trying to lower it. as I said being negative is not going to solve anything. congressman Gibson represents the 20th district which includes Glens Falls. Contacting any representative is a step in the right direction. "


    I disagree. Politicians are in their positions for their own gain. They're part of the problem. The only politician who has a bit of respect from me is Bernie Sanders. I'd like to know how many politicians would do their jobs for my salary.
  22. upstatelibertarian
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    upstatelibertarian - December 03, 2011 4:28 pm
    Rich-P said: " Bard does a lot for it's employees. People tend to forget that when the chips are down. "
    Really? Can you please elaborate on that? What would happen Monday morning if a Bard employee took a stance against this move on this forum and posted his real name?

  23. lauramcd13
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    lauramcd13 - December 03, 2011 3:50 pm
    actually contacting Gibson is exactly what they should do because there is a federal tax on catheters that is very high,and Gibson is actually trying to lower it. as I said being negative is not going to solve anything. congressman Gibson represents the 20th district which includes Glens Falls. Contacting any representative is a step in the right direction.
  24. Rich-P
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    Rich-P - December 03, 2011 3:34 pm
    MaketheSense said: "Good points. Do be prepared for the positive you mentioned to be whittled down to yourself, only, as many people do not seem to be aware of how fundamentally the rug is being pulled from underneath due to the banksters.Again, Can't happen here?"There was a Bard employee who posted here before. Very confident that this was not going to happen at Bard..."St.EgreveWhen the majority of economic activity is 'funded' by govt. borrowing, the klaxons are sounding LOUD."

    I'm not only prepared, I volunteered to be let go. I'm not going to preach without putting my money where my mouth is.
  25. billybobskiff
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    billybobskiff - December 03, 2011 2:59 pm
    Calling Congressman Gibsons office wont do a lot of good. Its NY State that makes business want to go other places. A few years back my wife lost her union job when Native Textiles closed up shop and moved south. I have been saying for months that the occupy fools should be outside Bard. Notice the story left the employee anonymous for fear of being fired for speaking the truth. Slowly but surely Bard is moving out and leaving our friends,family, and neighbors without a job. I will say at least they are offering severance when Native split the employees were left with nothing but a big ole butt to kiss on they way out the door.
  26. Spengler
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    Spengler - December 03, 2011 2:15 pm
    St-Egreve said: "...Isn't this one of the issues the OWS crowd is protesting about ?"

    This is one of those issues that we ALL should be protesting about. It's a matter of how Bard looks at the bottom line. If it can "stay competitive" by shipping jobs overseas why wouldn't it? After all, it's not a charity or an employment agency. Until fines are levied against ALL US corporations who offshore jobs, it will be the way America does business. The moral of the story should be: if you want to do business in the US, and benefit from our work ethic and the protection of our laws, you MUST keep your manufacturing HERE. No exceptions. Don't like it? Then try CHINA's legal and business systems. It's cheap and you get what you pay for.
  27. MaketheSense
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    MaketheSense - December 03, 2011 1:48 pm
    Rich-P said: "Gotta love NAFTA and Health care reform. I'm reminded of Ross Perot and his famous "Giant Sucking Sound" quote. Bard does a lot for it's employees. People tend to forget that when the chips are down. This is one Bard employee (fully identifiable with this username) who remains focused on the positive. Negativity and Bard-bashing is going to get us nowhere. No one's job is totally secure anywhere. Businesses have to roll with punches. That's part of doing business."

    Good points. Do be prepared for the positive you mentioned to be whittled down to yourself, only, as many people do not seem to be aware of how fundamentally the rug is being pulled from underneath due to the banksters.

    Again, Can't happen here?
    "There was a Bard employee who posted here before. Very confident that this was not going to happen at Bard..."
    St.Egreve

    When the majority of economic activity is 'funded' by govt. borrowing, the klaxons are sounding LOUD.
  28. St-Egreve
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    St-Egreve - December 03, 2011 11:28 am
    There was a Bard employee who posted here before. Very confident that this was not going to happen at Bard...Gee, what a shock, huh ? Screw the American worker in the name of greed. Isn't this one of the issues the OWS crowd is protesting about ?
  29. lauramcd13
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    lauramcd13 - December 03, 2011 10:43 am
    this is exactly why I encourage employees to call congressman Chris Gibson's office and pressure him to make job creation his top focus! bad mouthing the company is not productive. If local representatives make upstate ny a place to do business again,it will be more appealing to stay! Chris Gibson is up for re-election next year,and with 1,000 employees that could possibly vote against him,that's a lot of pressure. Glens Falls cannot afford to lose anymore jobs,because those people could very well move elsewhere for a job,and then this area will require less representation. I am also an employee easily identified by my username. I am grateful for my job,they are very good to their employees,and anything I could do to encourage them to stay and grow in Glens Falls,I would!
  30. dmh_73
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    dmh_73 - December 03, 2011 9:39 am
    blammo said: "I wish these companies would get fined for giving American jobs to offshore workers. I am so sick of them being able to put us out of work and drive us into poverty so a few can make a profit."

    That is EXACTLY what I was going to comment. If it wasn't profitable for these companies to move the jobs out of the country they wouldn't be doing it.
  31. Rich-P
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    Rich-P - December 03, 2011 7:57 am
    Gotta love NAFTA and Health care reform. I'm reminded of Ross Perot and his famous "Giant Sucking Sound" quote. Bard does a lot for it's employees. People tend to forget that when the chips are down. This is one Bard employee (fully identifiable with this username) who remains focused on the positive. Negativity and Bard-bashing is going to get us nowhere. No one's job is totally secure anywhere. Businesses have to roll with punches. That's part of doing business.
  32. always thinking
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    always thinking - December 03, 2011 7:48 am
    cixelsyd-I don't see unemployment going down. Sometimes I think they just spread that rumor to make the stock markets go up. Whatever works.
  33. blammo
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    blammo - December 03, 2011 7:32 am
    I wish these companies would get fined for giving American jobs to offshore workers. I am so sick of them being able to put us out of work and drive us into poverty so a few can make a profit.
  34. jacobbones
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    jacobbones - December 03, 2011 7:21 am
    But the good news is that 17 more stewarts shops will open, each right across the street from a current one. Wal-mart will also be opening a third store in the soon to be vacant k-mart building.
    This will offer hundreds of low-paying part-time jobs to all the locals.
  35. paranoiawilldestroya
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    paranoiawilldestroya - December 03, 2011 6:04 am
    C'mon Ed, what are you worried about, as long as you hava a job, and continue to "milk Glens Falls dry", what's a few more jobs really matter. Stop pretending you care!!
  36. billyjones
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    billyjones - December 02, 2011 10:32 pm
    Way to go BARD!!! its funny how they tell you one day that you that the work flow had picked up but the next day tell you that they are cutting 50 jobs. and yes you go into work at 11 and their is a meeting going to tell us that 50 jobs are being cut. but Monday they told us that the work flow was picking up.
  37. cixelsyd
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    cixelsyd - December 02, 2011 9:53 pm
    Funny how I've been reading how unemployment is going down and this story pops up. More skilled labor being shipped off. Soon all our mill jobs will either move to Mexico or go belly up from lack of sales. It may be okay though. We'll always be able to work at a fast food restaurant or a convenience store.

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