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Good morning! Some news this week on Massena and the companies that have polluted it: Massena has been in the news quite a lot lately, both with respect to some of the problems with crime the town has been having, and to the deal Alcoa struck last...
The Environmental Protection Agency has made official what we reported earlier this morning. The agency released a final plan for cleaning up PCB-contaminated sediment Alcoa released into the Grasse River until the chemical was banned in the 1970s....
Alcoa CEO Klauss Kleinfeld and Senator Chuck Schumer officially welcomed back 115 Alcoa workers as three pot lines are reenergized this spring. The plant was idled in 2009. Tune in Monday for a full story. Meanwhile, watch as workers pour the...
The good news is that Alcoa is gearing up again, adding jobs. The bad news is that the New York Power Authority will now be curtailing the electricity discount that had been going to dairies and other businesses in the North Country. This...
News stories tagged with "alcoa"
May 31, 2006 — 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
Mar 29, 2006 — 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
Mar 29, 2006 — 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
Dec 01, 2005 — Akwesasne Mohawks who live on the reservation near Massena filed a class action lawsuit against Alcoa and General Motors Wednesday. The suit alleges toxic chemicals the companies dumped in St. Lawrence River decades ago have caused a myriad of health problems for thousands of people. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 23, 2005 — North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an agreement. Legislative leaders in Albany announced a bill that would keep the cheap electricity in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties. David Sommerstein has details. Go to full article
Jun 14, 2005 — Alcoa made its first concrete sign that it wants to stay in Massena for the next generation of aluminum production. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Alcoa offered the New York Power Authority a jobs-for-power deal at a meeting last week in New York City. Under the proposal, Alcoa would guarantee 500 to 700 high-wage union jobs in exchange for 30 to 50 years of cheap hydroelectric power. Alcoa currently employs almost 1300 workers at its two plants in Massena. The company would also invest up to $450 million to modernize what is the oldest continuously operating smelter in the world. David Sommerstein spoke with Ernie LaBaff about the proposed contract. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union and a former Alcoa worker. LaBaff says the offer is a good starting point. Go to full article
May 09, 2005 — The EPA is testing new ways to clean up toxic waste in the Grasse River this summer. Alcoa dumped PCBs downstream from Massena before the cancer-causing chemicals were banned in 1979. As David Sommerstein reports, an earlier attempt to cover up the contaminated river bottom failed. Go to full article
Apr 14, 2005 — There's renewed debate over the future of the North Country's share of cheap electricity produced at the hydropower dam in Massena. The local Alcoa and General Motors plants currently use almost 500 megawatts at below market prices. That's more than the amount of electricity all the households in northern New York use. The agreement expires in 2013. Lawmakers want the industrial giants to extend their side of the deal and commit to providing jobs long term. But if Alcoa and General Motors were to close, people worry downstate interests could grab the cheap power. Two North Country lawmakers are writing bills to stop that from happening. But as David Sommerstein reports, they differ over how to do it. Go to full article
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Mar 24, 2005 — The public will get a chance to weigh in on how to use low-cost power generated at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine will hold a town meeting at Massena High School on April 7th. Go to full article