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60 job cuts at Alcoa

Alcoa announced yesterday it will cut more than 60 jobs at one of its plants in Massena. As David Sommerstein reports, the move is designed to make one of the aluminum maker's ailing divisions profitable.  Go to full article

Massena expected to be spared Alcoa cuts

A spokesman for Alcoa says the 6,700 job cuts announced yesterday should not affect the company's two plants in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Massena to state: keep power here

More than 150 North Country leaders and residents had an urgent message for a state task force Friday in Massena. They said selling cheap power downstate would crush the region's future. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Griffo, Julian face off for 47th Senate District

Two Republicans are vying for their party's support to replace departing State Senator Ray Meier for the 47th District. Joseph Griffo faces off against Timothy Julian in tomorrow's primary. The race pits a well-endorsed political veteran against a relative newcomer. Gregory Warner reports. The Democratic primary for the 47th State Senate district also features two Utica-area candidates. Attorney Leon Koziol is a former Utica city councilman. John Murad is a retired state Supreme Court Judge. Koziol has the endorsements of Democratic Commitees in Oneida and St. Lawrence County. He'll also appear on the Working Families party line. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Koziol has called the North Country "the neglected part of the district". He's pushing for better health care for farmers. And he wants the New York Power Authority to transfer to private hands more land along the St. Lawrence River. Murad will only appear on the Democratic line. He's called for reform in Albany, including an overhaul of New York's workers' compensation system. Murad also wants to boost funding for tourism in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.  Go to full article
Eliot Spitzer meets and greets in Massena.
Eliot Spitzer meets and greets in Massena.

Spitzer rallies labor in Massena

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer revved up organized labor in Massena Friday morning as a part of a 3-day Upstate campaign swing with his running-mate David Patterson. The frontrunner in the Governor's race vowed to do what it takes to keep aluminum maker Alcoa in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa Contract Reflects Global Pressures

Members of the United Steelworkers of America approved a new four-year contract with Alcoa late last week. The 11th-hour deal reached last month averted a strike at 15 plants, including the two in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa, Union Pull Back From Strike

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement late last night on a four-year contract. The pact avoids a strike by 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including two in Massena. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Fear Worst as Deadline Looms

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers of America are locked in last-minute talks in St. Louis over a new contract. The current contract covers 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including the two Alcoa plants in Massena. The two sides remain far apart on health care and retirement packages. As David Sommerstein reports, both are prepared for a strike.  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Picket Over Contract

Alcoa workers held an informational picket Monday outside the aluminum plants in Massena. Union officials say Alcoa's proposed new contract cuts health care and pension benefits, especially for new employees. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa Future Uncertain in Massena

The labor unrest comes as Alcoa's future in Massena remains unclear. Alcoa's talks with the New York Power Authority over a new power contract have stalled. The aluminum giant has offered to guarantee 500 to 700 jobs in exchange for locking in some of the lowest electricity rates in the country. That's several hundred fewer than today's employment level of about 1000. The Power Authority is holding out for more jobs. The Power Authority says it's waiting to hear back from Alcoa for talks to continue. Alcoa's Sue LeClair says no meetings are scheduled, but the company is willing to return to the table if progress can be made. David Sommerstein spoke more with Ernie LaBaff about the stand-off. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union International.  Go to full article

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