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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

AT&T Retiree Finds Health Care Savings Outside The Company


By Karin Price Mueller
The Star-Ledger
May 5, 2009

Frank Farbanec, 70, wants to get the most for his health care dollars.

He retired five years ago after a 23-year career with AT&T, using company-sponsored plans for his health care. When he turned 65 in 2003, Farbanec enrolled in an Aetna Medicare HMO through AT&T, and when his wife Bernice became eligible, she signed on, too.

Then last December, the Cranford man received the annual Medicare booklet and decided to compare his plan to other available coverage.

He found an individual Aetna plan—one of several offered in his county—that he thought had more benefits for a cheaper premium: $208 per month for the couple, compared to the $349.70 per month he’s paying for the AT&T plan.

“I kept looking for catches,” said Farbanec. “It was a generally accepted belief that any group health plan sponsored by a major corporation would be cheaper and offer better coverage than any individual plan.”

After writing several letters to the AT&T benefits department and company executives, Farbanec said he didn’t get an answer for the large disparity. Thinking AT&T may not be offering the best possible health care plans to retired employees, he contacted Bamboozled.


Major corporations like AT&T have leverage and bargaining power to negotiate with health insurers, and company offerings are often subsidized by the employer. AT&T, for example, spends $5.5 trillion a year to subsidize health costs for 1.2 million people: 747,000 active employees and dependents and 485,000 retirees and dependents.

Those subsidies, plus the lower premiums usually offered for large groups, generally yield a lower health care bill for those who take advantage of the plan.

“It would be hard for me to see many situations where an open plan would compete with what we provide,” said Marty Webb, vice president of benefits at AT&T.

Farbanec doesn’t see it that way. For him, this particular individual Aetna plan does appear to be a better choice. It has lower out-of-pocket costs for hospital stays, more generous coverage for hearing aids and lower co-pays for primary care physician and specialist visits compared with the AT&T plan.

Another variation is prescription coverage, but this one is in the AT&T plan’s favor.

For example, on the individual Medicare Aetna plan, once total drug expenditures reach $3,200, there’s coverage for generic drugs only during the so-called “gap” period. Coverage kicks in again when the member incurs out-of-pocket costs totaling $4,350 for the year.

The AT&T group plan offers both generic and brand name coverage during that period, so essentially there is no “gap,” said Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener. Depending on the drug needs of a plan member, the AT&T plan could give significant savings.

But if prescriptions aren’t an important consideration, the individual Aetna plan may offer more overall savings.

“A retiree whose prescription drug use is limited to one or two generic drugs but has a medical condition that requires frequent hospitalization might fare better on the individual plan,” Michener said.

Under the AT&T plan, a four-day hospital stay would cost $800, compared with no cost for the individual plan.

If Farbanec enrolled in the individual plan, he’d see annual premium savings of $1,700.70. He said that far outweighs the drug benefit “gap” savings of the AT&T plan, especially when considering other benefits, such as lower co-pays for doctor’s visits.

“Tell me what I’m missing here,” said Farbanec. “Maybe their basic arithmetic skills are not quite up to par.”

AT&T’s Webb said the company offers several plans for both retirees and active employees so each person can choose the benefits and premiums that are best for them.

The company reviews its health insurance offerings on an annual basis to make sure they’re performing as designed, said Webb, but so far it plans no changes to its offerings.

“We’re happy with their performance,” he said.

Farbanec said for him, the choice is clear. He will wait until the open enrollment period to see if AT&T changes its offerings. If not, he plans to switch to the individual plan. Farbanec has a safety net: if he drops his AT&T coverage, he retains the option to rejoin during the next open enrollment period if he’s not satisfied with the individual plan.


Saying any health insurance plan is “the best” or “the cheapest” is a very subjective call. Every patient has different needs, so two people could see a variety of advantages or disadvantages with the same plan. Don’t take anyone else’s word for it. Don’t assume your employer’s coverage is superior. Do your own research.

The MEDICARE WEB SITE offers a comprehensive comparison tool for Medicare plans. Most health insurance companies offer detailed plan descriptions on their own sites, but consumers need to realize coverage can be very different even on a county-by-county basis, and not every plan is available in every geographic location.

Have your company plan details in hand and invest some time online to compare individual policies offered in your area.

For help in understanding how health care insurance works and how to choose the plan that’s best for your family—both in cost and in benefits—check the website of the AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY, offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the “For Your Health” section, click “Choosing Quality Care.”

Have you been Bamboozled? Contact Karin Price Mueller at .


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Rising Of The Telecom Underclass Part 10


CWA Is A Joke

I just checked out some CWA websites looking for info on their NEGOTIATIONS WITH AT&T for a new contract to replace the one that expired A MONTH AGO.

The liveliest thread I found is at BROADBAND REPORTS - a place that has nothing to do with AT&T or the CWA.

One would expect the union to GET THE WORD OUT AND DO SOME MOBILIZING. Instead one has to dig all over the internet to find any information, and out of that all I see is the usual HOT AIR. Not much else.

Even the union’s NATIONAL WEBSITE has very little on the SUBJECT.

Although over the 80% of the membership VOTED TO STRIKE, negotiations are going nowhere, and CWA officials may be following THEIR OWN AGENDA by what what they’re doing, and not doing.

If the CWA doesn’t STRIKE, the END OF UNIONS is just about solidified in my book.

While more nails get hammered into middle-class America’s coffin.

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In Memory Of Tesla


About 100 years ago - scientist Nikolai Tesla - the guy who invented AC - was working on a way to beam free electricity to everyone’s home.  The project died for lack of funding because big business was worried they couldn’t find a way to put a billing meter on it.

Like the HISTORIC BELL LABS GROUNDS in Holmdel NJ, the Tesla grounds in Shoreham NY may be about to get bulldozed, and this historic icon lost forever.


A Battle to Preserve a Visionarys Bold Failure

By Villiam J Broad
NY Times
May 4, 2009

In 1901, Nikola Tesla began work on a global system of giant towers meant to relay through the air not only news, stock reports and even pictures but also, unbeknown to investors such as J. Pierpont Morgan, free electricity for one and all.

It was the inventors biggest project, and his most audacious.

The first tower rose on rural Long Island and, by 1903, stood more than 18 stories tall. One midsummer night, it emitted a dull rumble and proceeded to hurl bolts of electricity into the sky. The blinding flashes, The New York Sun REPORTED, “seemed to shoot off into the darkness on some mysterious errand.”

But the system failed for want of money, and at least partly for scientific viability. Tesla never finished his prototype tower and was forced to abandon its adjoining laboratory.

Today, a fight is looming over the ghostly remains of that site, called Wardenclyffe - what Tesla authorities call the only surviving workplace of the eccentric genius who dreamed countless big dreams while pioneering wireless communication and alternating current. The disagreement began recently after the property went up for sale in Shoreham, N.Y.

A science group on Long Island wants to turn the 16-acre site into a Tesla museum and education center, and hopes to get the land donated to that end. But the owner, the Agfa Corporation, says it must sell the property to raise money in hard economic times. The companys real estate broker says the land, listed at $1.6 million, can be delivered fully cleared and level, a statement that has thrown the preservationists into action.

The ruins of Wardenclyffe include the tower’s foundation and the large brick laboratory, designed by Teslas friend Stanford White, the celebrated architect.

“Its hugely important to protect this site,” said Marc J. Seifer, author of Wizard, a Tesla biography. “He’s an icon. He stands for what humans are supposed to do honor nature while using high technology to harness its powers.”

Recently, New York State echoed that judgment. The commissioner of historic preservation wrote Dr. Seifer on behalf of Gov. David A. Paterson to back Wardenclyffes preservation and listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

On Long Island, Tesla enthusiasts vow to obtain the land one way or another, saying that saving a symbol of Tesla’s accomplishments would help restore the visionary to his rightful place as an architect of the modern age.

“A lot of his work was way ahead of his time,” said Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center, a private group in Shoreham that is seeking to acquire Wardenclyffe.

Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, president of the Tesla Memorial Society of New York, said destroying the old lab would be a terrible thing for the United States and the world. “It’s a piece of history.”

Tesla, who lived from 1856 to 1943, made bitter enemies who dismissed some of his claims as exaggerated, helping tarnish his reputation in his lifetime. He was part recluse, part showman. He issued publicity photos (actually double exposures) showing him reading quietly in his laboratory amid deadly flashes.

Today, his work tends to be poorly known among scientists, though some call him an intuitive genius far ahead of his peers. Socially, his popularity has soared, elevating him to cult status.

Books and Web sites abound. Wikipedia says the inventor obtained at least 700 patents. YouTube has several Tesla videos, including ONE OF A BREAK-IN at Wardenclyffe. A rock band calls itself Tesla. An electric car company backed by Google’s founders calls itself Tesla Motors.

Larry Page, Googles co-founder, sees the creator’s life as a cautionary tale. It’s a sad, sad story, Mr. Page told Fortune magazine last year. The inventor “couldnt commercialize anything. He could barely fund his own research.”

Wardenclyffe epitomized that kind of visionary impracticality.

Tesla seized on the colossal project at the age of 44 while living in New York City. An impeccably dressed bon vivant of Serbian birth, he was widely celebrated for his inventions of motors and power distribution systems that used the form of electricity known as alternating current, which beat out direct current (and Thomas Edison) to electrify the world.

His patents made him a rich man, at least for a while. He lived at the Waldorf-Astoria and loved to hobnob with the famous at Delmonicos and the Players Club.

Around 1900, as Tesla planned what would become Wardenclyffe, inventors around the world were racing for what was considered the next big thing - wireless communication. His own plan was to turn alternating current into electromagnetic waves that flashed from antennas to distant receivers. This is essentially what radio transmission is. The scale of his vision was gargantuan, however, eclipsing that of any rival.

Investors, given Teslas electrical achievements, paid heed. The biggest was J. Pierpont Morgan, a top financier. He sank $150,000 (today more than $3 million) into Tesla’s global wireless venture.

Work on the prototype tower began in mid-1901 on the North Shore of Long Island at a site Tesla named after a patron and the nearby cliffs. “The proposed plant at Wardenclyffe, “The New York Times reported, “will be the first of a number that the electrician proposes to establish in this and other countries.”

The shock wave hit Dec. 12, 1901. That day, Marconi succeeded in sending radio signals across the Atlantic, crushing Teslas hopes for pioneering glory.

Still, Wardenclyffe grew, with guards under strict orders to keep visitors away. The wooden tower rose 187 feet over a wide shaft that descended 120 feet to deeply anchor the antenna. Villagers told The Times that the ground beneath the tower was “honeycombed with subterranean passages.”

The nearby laboratory of red brick, with arched windows and a tall chimney, held tools, generators, a machine shop, electrical transformers, glass-blowing equipment, a library and an office.

But Morgan was disenchanted. He refused Tesla’s request for more money.

Desperate, the inventor pulled out what he considered his ace. The towers would transmit not only information around the globe, he wrote the financier in July 1903, but also electric power.

“I should not feel disposed,” Morgan replied coolly, “to make any further advances.”

Margaret Cheney, a Tesla biographer, observed that Tesla had seriously misjudged his wealthy patron, a man deeply committed to the profit motive. “The prospect of beaming electricity to penniless Zulus or Pygmies, she wrote, must have left the financier less than enthusiastic.”

It was then that Tesla, reeling financially and emotionally, fired up the tower for the first and last time. He eventually sold Wardenclyffe to satisfy $20,000 (today about $400,000) in bills at the Waldorf. In 1917, the new owners had the giant tower blown up and sold for scrap.

Today, Teslas exact plan for the site remains a mystery even as scientists agree on the impracticality of his overall vision. The tower could have succeeded in broadcasting information, but not power.

“He was an absolute genius,” Dennis Papadopoulos, a physicist at the University of Maryland, said in an interview. “He conceived of things in 1900 that it took us 50 or 60 years to understand. But he did not appreciate dissipation. You can’t start putting a lot of power into an antenna and expect the energy to travel long distances without great diminution.”

Wardenclyffe passed through many hands, ending with Agfa, which is based in Ridgefield Park, N.J. The imaging giant used it from 1969 to 1992, and then shuttered the property. Silver and cadmium, a serious poison, had contaminated the site, and the company says it spent some $5 million on studies and remediation. The cleanup ended in September, and the site was put up for sale in late February.

Real estate agents said they had shown Wardenclyffe to four or five prospective buyers.

Last month, Agfa opened the heavily wooded site to a reporter. “NO TRESPASSING,” warned a faded sign at a front gate, which was topped with barbed wire.

Teslas red brick building stood intact, an elegant wind vane atop its chimney. But Agfa had recently covered the big windows with plywood to deter vandals and intruders, who had stolen much of the building’s wiring for its copper.

The buildings dark interior was littered with beer cans and broken bottles. Flashlights revealed no trace of the original equipment, except for a surprise on the second floor. There in the darkness loomed four enormous tanks, each the size of a small car. Their sides were made of thick metal and their seams heavily riveted, like those of an old destroyer or battleship. The Agfa consultant leading the tour called them giant batteries.

“Look up there,” said the consultant, Ralph Passantino, signaling with his flashlight. “Theres a hatch up there. It was used to get into the tanks to service them.”

Tesla authorities appear to know little of the big tanks, making them potential clues to the inventors original plans.

After the tour, Christopher M. Santomassimo, Agfa’s general counsel, explained his companys position: no donation of the site for a museum, and no action that would rule out the building’s destruction.

Agfa is in a difficult economic position given what’s going on in the global marketplace, he said. “It needs to maximize its potential recovery from the sale of that site.”

He added that the company would entertain “any reasonable offer,” including ones from groups interested in preserving Wardenclyffe because of its historical significance. “Were simply not in a position,” he emphasized, “to donate the property outright.”

Ms. Alcorn of the Tesla Science Center, who has sought to stir interest in Wardenclyffe for more than a decade, seemed confident that a solution would be worked out. Suffolk County might buy the site, she said, or a campaign might raise the funds for its purchase, restoration and conversion into a science museum and education center. She said the local community was strongly backing the preservation idea.

“Once the sign went up, I started getting so many calls,” she remarked. People said: “Theyre not really going to sell it, are they? It’s got to be a museum, right?”

Sitting at a reading table at the North Shore Public Library, where she works as a childrens librarian, Ms. Alcorn gestured across a map of Wardenclyffe to show how the abandoned site might be transformed with not only a Tesla museum but also a playground, a cafeteria and a bookshop.

“Thats critical,” she said.

Ms. Alcorn said the investigation and restoration of the old site promised to solve one of the big mysteries: the extent and nature of the tunnels said to honeycomb the area around the tower.

“I’d love to see if they really existed,” she said. “The stories abound, but not the proof.”



Multiple Scientists Confirm The Reality of Free Energy Here’s The Proof

By Arjun Walia
Collective Evolution
October 13, 2013

Who is benefiting from suppressing scientific research? Whose power and wealth is threatened by access to clean and free energy? Who has the desire to create a system where so few have so much, and so many have so little?

Its become extremely obvious, especially within the past few years, that EarthҒs dependence on fossil fuels is not needed at all. Yet we continue to create war, destroy the environment and harm mother Earth so we can continue using the same old techniques that generate trillions of dollars for those at the top of the energy industry. Corporate media continues to push the idea that we are in an energy crisis, that we are approaching a severe problem due to a lack of resources.  Its funny how the same group of shareholders that own the energy industry also own corporate media. This seems to be both another fear tactic and another excuse to create conflict. How can there be a lack of resources when we have systems that can provide energy without any external input? This means that these systems could run for infinity and provide energy to the entire planet without burning fossil fuels. This would eliminate a large portion of the ґbills you pay to live, and reduce the harmful effect we are having on Earth and her environment. Even if you donҒt believe in the concept of free energy (also known as zero-point energy), we have multiple clean energy sources that render the entire energy industry obsolete. This article however will focus mainly on the concept of free energy which has been proven time and time again by researchers all across the world who have conducted several experiments and published their work multiple times. A portion of this vast amount of research will be presented in this paper.

These concepts have been proven in hundreds of laboratories all over the world, yet never see the light of day. If the new energy technologies were set free world wide the change would be profound. It would affect everybody, it would be applicable everywhere. These technologies are absolutely the most important thing that have happened in the history of the world.  Dr. Brian O֒Leary, Former NASA Astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor.

The Research

These concepts are currently being discussed at The Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference.

The Casimir Effect is a proven example of free energy that cannot be debunked. The Casimir Effect illustrates zero point or vacuum state energy, which predicts that two metal plates close together attract each other due to an imbalance in the quantum fluctuations(0)(8). You can see a visual demonstration of this concept here. The implications of this are far reaching and have been written about extensively within theoretical physics by researchers all over the world. Today, we are beginning to see that these concepts are not just theoretical, but instead very practical and simply very suppressed.

Vacuums generally are thought to be voids, but Hendrik Casimir believed these pockets of nothing do indeed contain fluctuations of electromagnetic waves. He suggested that two metal plates held apart in a vacuum could trap the waves, creating vacuum energy that could attract or repel the plates. As the boundaries of a region move, the variation in vacuum energy (zero-point energy) leads to the Casimir effect. Recent research done at Harvard University, and Vrije University in Amsterdam and elsewhere has proved the Casimir effect correct (7).

A paper published in the Journal Foundations of Physics Letters, in August 2001, Volume 14, Issue 4 shows that the principles of general relativity can be used to explain the principles of the motionless electromagnetic generator (MEG)(1). This device takes electromagnetic energy from curved space-time and outputs about twenty times more energy than inputted. The fact that these machines exist is astonishing, its even more astonishing that these machines are not implemented worldwide right now. It would completely wipe out the entire energy industry, nobody would have to pay bills and it would eradicate poverty at an exponential rate. This paper demonstrates that electromagnetic energy can be extracted from the vacuum and used to power working devices such as the MEG used in the experiment. The paper goes on to emphasize how these devices are reproducible and repeatable.

The results of this research have been used by numerous scientists all over the world. One of the many examples is a paper written by Theodor C. Loder, III, Professor Emeritus at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire. He outlined the importance of these concepts in his paper titled Space and Terrestrial Transportation and Energy Technologies For The 21st Century (2).

There is significant evidence that scientists since Tesla have known about this energy, but that its existence and potential use has been discouraged and indeed suppressed over the past half century or more (2) - Dr. Theodor C. Loder III

Harold E. Puthoff, an American Physicist and Ph.D. from Stanford University, as a researcher at the institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, Texas published a paper in the journal Physical Review A, atomic, molecular and optical physics titled Gravity as a zero-point-fluctuation force(3)Ӕ . His paper proposed a suggestive model in which gravity is not a separately existing fundamental force, but is rather an induced effect associated with zero-point fluctuations of the vacuum, as illustrated by the Casimir force. This is the same professor that had close connections with Department of Defense initiated research in regards to remote viewing. The findings of this research are highly classified, and the program was instantly shut down not longer after its initiation (4).

Another astonishing paper titled Extracting energy and heat from the vacuum, by the same researchers, this time in conjunction with Daniel C. Cole, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at Boston University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering was published in the same journal (5).

Relatively recent proposals have been made in the literature for extracting energy and heat from electromagnetic zero-point radiation via the use of the Casimir force. The basic thermodynamics involved in these proposals is analyzed and clarified here, with the conclusion that yes, in principle, these proposals are correct (5).

Furthermore, a paper in the journal Physical Review A, Puthoff titled Source of vacuum electromagnetic zero-point energy (6),Ӕ Puthoff describes how nature provides us with two alternatives for the origin of electromagnetic zero-point energy. One of them is generation by the quantum fluctuation motion of charged particles that constitute matter. His research shows that particle motion generates the zero-point energy spectrum, in the form of a self-regenerating cosmological feedback cycle.

Before commenting on the article, please read the article, look at the sources and watch the video. Many of your questions can be answered there. We come across many who are quick to comment without examining the information presented. This is a clip from the documentary Thrive, you can view the full documentary by clicking on the title.

We’ve had major military people at great risks to themselves say yes these things are real. Why do you think the military industrial complex doesn’t want that statement to be made, because you start thinking about what kind of technology is behind that, thats the bottom line.  - Adam Trombly, Physicist, Inventor

As illustrated multiple times above, the energy these systems use is extracted from the fabric of the space around us. That means it cannot be metered, which creates a threat to the largest industry on the planet, energy. An industry that is partly responsible for the destruction of our planet, and an industry that rakes in hundreds of trillions of dollars every year. No blame is to be given, only a realization is to be made that we have the power to change this anytime we choose. These technologies would completely change everything, but its important to remember that operating technology depends on what level of consciousness the operators are operating it at. Is the human race ready for such a transformation? Nothing can work unless the consciousness behind it comes from a place of love, peace, co-operation and understanding. The desire for the benefit of all beings on the planet would be the driving force for the release of these technologies.

These technologies are locked up in black budget projects, it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benifit humanity (2) - Ben Rich, Former Director of Lockheeds Skunkworks Division

I hope I’ve provided enough information here for those interested in furthering their research on the subject. There is a lot to this technology, and it branches into many other areas from ancient history to sacred geometry and all the way to UFOs. The technology described in this paper is similar to what Dr. OLeary states here with regards to propulsion systems and an isolated field of energy.  For more on this subject, please visit our exopolitics section under the alternative news tab as it does correlate with the technology of anti-gravity and free energy.

Collective Evolution has covered this topic before. We’ve demonstrated the reality of the Searl Effect Generator.

Weve also written about the Free Energy Devices.

This article was simply to provide you with more information and research to show you just how applicable these concepts are and the tremendous implications they can have.












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Rose-Colored Job Numbers


Bright Spot in Downturn: New Hiring Is Robust

By Steven Greenhouse
NY Times
May 5, 2009

Everyone knows the grim news unemployment in the United States has jumped to 8.5 percent, a 25-year high, and is racing toward double digits. Since November, the nation has lost more than three million jobs.

But not everyone knows the brighter side to the equation: deep in the maw of the deepest recession since the Great Depression, millions are still being hired.


So, while 4.8 million workers were laid off or chose to leave their jobs in February, employers across the country hired 4.3 million workers that month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The best thing you can say about these numbers is it speaks to the dynamism of the U.S. economy, and the net negative number that we all traffic in masks that,” said Robert J. Barbera, chief economist at ITG, a research and trading firm. Ninety out of 100 people who know the number - 650,000 were lost in February think that means no one was hired and 650,000 were fired.

In February before the economy started to show the first faint signs of a possible recovery - there were three million job openings nationwide. And despite large new job losses likely to be announced Friday, there are still millions of job openings.

Who is hiring? Hospitals, colleges, discount stores, restaurants and municipal public works departments. I.B.M. IS HIRING more than 700 people for its new technical services center in Dubuque, Iowa, while the Cleveland Clinic has 500 job openings, not just for nurses but also for pharmacy aides and physical therapists. And after President Obamas stimulus package kicks into gear, state, local governments and road-building contractors are expected to hire more.

Zachary Schaefer has hired 72 people since February for the Culver’s hamburger and frozen custard restaurant that he and several partners just opened in Surprise, Ariz.

“The amount of applicants who are qualified is definitely up,” he said. Whereas before we were counting on a lot of high school applicants, now there are a lot more middle-age people applying.

Eddie Hamm, a former construction worker, was unemployed for five months when he drove by the site where the Culvers was under construction. Mr. Hamm, 29, applied for a job there, and now he’s a fry guy.

“I’m just happy I got hired I didn’t want to stay home, not doing anything,” he said, hardly complaining that he is earning half the $15 an hour he made in construction. “I dont look at it lile I’,m making $7.50. I look at it I’m having a job in a down time, and its a job where I can move up.”

Economists and job counselors advise the unemployed that there are definitely jobs to be had, even if there arent nearly enough to go around. With 13.2 million people out of work, there are 4 1/3 unemployed Americans for every job opening. “Youre facing more competition for every job you apply for, but the reality is there is a lot of hiring going on,” said Andrew M. Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. “You’re never going to find anything unless you apply.”

Even industries that have taken a beating are doing plenty of hiring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction companies hired 366,000 workers in February, and manufacturers hired 249,000. Retailers hired 536,000 workers in February, but that was down 25 percent from the previous February.

Some job openings are to replace retirees, some to replace employees who left for other jobs, but many openings result from expansion. Companies that are still growing are blessed with talented applicants.

“Its easier to hire in a recession - we have about five applications for every position,” said Howard Glickberg, principal owner of Fairway Market, the well-known grocery company based in Manhattan.

Fairway just hired 350 people for its month-old store in Paramus, N.J., the first Fairway outside of New York State. The company plans to add 1,200 more workers over the next two years by opening stores in Queens; Pelham Manor, N.Y.; and Stamford, Conn.

“What you have to be afraid of is hiring someone who can’t find something better at the time, and when they find something better they leave you,” Mr. Glickberg said. I want to hire someone who will make a career of it.”

THE NATION’S LARGEST private-sector employer, WAL-MART, is also HIRING APLENTY. Wal-Mart, with 1.4 million workers nationwide, hires several hundred thousand workers each year because of employee turnover, and expects to increase its domestic work force by nearly 50,000 this year, thanks to plans to open 150 new stores.

Shawnalyn Conner is running a hiring center for a Wal-Mart store that will open on June 17 in Weaverville, N.C., near Asheville. She plans to hire 350 workers.

“The biggest comment that we get from people is that theyre looking for a company that’s growing, and Wal-Mart offers that,” said Ms. Conner, who, as the top manager of the new store, has hired 77 people so far. Gisel Ruiz, senior vice president for the people division of Wal-Mart U.S., said the company had a hiring program for former junior military officers, often for jobs as assistant store managers. With many veterans having a hard time landing jobs, Wal-Mart hired 150 former officers last year.

The health care industry has held its own in hiring. The University of Miami medical school, which runs three hospitals, has 250 openings and is hiring about 35 people a month, compared with 100 a month in good times. Cleveland Clinic has 500 job openings, compared with 2,000 during better times.

“We have a hiring freeze on, but even when theres a hiring freeze, we need to maintain our head count,” said Joe Patrnchak , Cleveland Clinics chief human resources officer. “We have 40,000 people, and youre going to have some openings.”

He is encountering an unusual snag in hiring people. “A challenge we have now is people from other areas are having problems selling their homes,” Mr. Patrnchak said. “People aren’t quite as mobile nowadays.”

The University of Miami medical school is also facing an unexpected problem. “Theres a flood of applicants, but even so, it’s harder to find really good, experienced people,” said Paul Hudgins, its associate vice president for medical human resources. “Were seeing people hunkering down and saying they’re going to stay where they are.”

The recession has encouraged people to cling to their jobs. Just 1.5 percent of workers voluntarily quit their jobs in February, the lowest level since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began collecting those numbers eight years ago.

Like many educational institutions, Washington University in St. Louis continues to hire. It has 175 job openings in admissions, residential life and other areas. There is a flood of job applicants, and Ann Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources, said that has pros and cons, the advantage being that the university does not have to offer large premiums as often to draw coveted applicants.


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In memory of the layed off workers of AT&T

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If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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