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Workers at Alcoa’s Massena East plant met with their union yesterday to find out about the deal it’s made with the aluminum company when it closes the plant. The results, the Watertown Daily Times and North Country Now report today, are...
Employees at Alcoa’s Massena East plant will find out today what’s going to happen to their jobs when the plant shuts down, the Watertown Daily Times reports today. Their union, Steelworkers Local 450-A, is meeting with workers at 3:30...
Some number of jobs will likely be coming to DeKalb at some point in the future, as Corning, Inc., is planning an expansion in its Corning Canton plant (which is in DeKalb). That’s according to the Watertown Daily Times, which reports today...
A funding program to help people who’ve been out of work for more than 26 weeks has half a million dollars still available in training grants. A press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says 44 North Country businesses (including...
UPDATE 12:06pm: David Sommerstein here, with a little more information about the idled potline from a conversation with Alcoa spokeswoman Laurie Marr. It’s one of three potlines in the East plant, all of which will be replaced eventually by...
News stories tagged with "employment"
Feb 06, 2008 — Young adults in small towns are more likely to be idle than young people in cities and suburbs. That's according to a new report produced by the Carsey Institute, a rural-policy think-tank based in New Hampshire. According to the study, the risk is especially high here in the Northeast. Roughly 40% of 18-24 year-olds who don't finish high school will find themselves out of work, unable to pursue a higher education or job training. Brian Mann spoke with Anastasia Snyder, a rural policy expert at Ohio State University and co-author of the study. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2008 — The North Country scored a major economic victory on Tuesday, as Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan to save the pharmaceutical plant in Rouses Point. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced two years ago that the facility would close no later than 2009. But with the help of a three million dollar taxpayer subsidy, a new company stepped in. As Brian Mann reports, Akrimax Pharmaceuticals plans to maintain more than 800 high-paying jobs. Go to full article
Sep 04, 2007 — Labor Day is a big day in Massena. Ever since Alcoa built an aluminum smelter near the St. Lawrence River in 1903, Massena has been a town of blue-collar work and unions. The annual Labor Day parade draws more than a dozen unions from across the North Country. Yesterday's parade was clouded by last spring's news that General Motors will close its plant in Massena, laying off almost 500 people. David Sommerstein sent this audio montage from the parade route. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Jul 28, 2006 — Advocates for the poor are calling on Governor Pataki to release $100 million dollars for welfare to work programs that they say could save the state money in public assistance costs. The funding was left unresolved at the end of the legislative session. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 29, 2006 — The New York Farm Bureau is cautioning farmers to watch out for immigration officials. An e-mail alert reports of roadblocks and farm raids as federal agents step up their search for illegal workers. More than 50 Mexicans have been deported from western and central New York this month. David Sommerstein has the story. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
May 04, 2006 — Counties, and groups that work with the poor, say they are happy Governor Pataki released funding for a number of programs that help people on welfare transition to steady employment. But they wonder when and if the governor will restore funding the legislature wanted for other support services for the needy. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Aug 08, 2005 — Three years after it opened, a Watertown call center is reaching and plans to exceed its original hiring goals. Stream New York says it will hire about 500 people to provide customer service for technology and health care companies, including Sirius satellite radio. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 21, 2005 — A paper mill in Glens Falls has laid off more than ten percent of its salaried employees. Administrative workers and foremen at Finch, Pruyn and Co. will be idle for at least four months. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Apr 28, 2005 — Up to 70% of disabled Americans of working age are unemployed. Two-thirds of those unemployed say they want to work. But barriers to employment include accessibility of worksites, under-education, and public misperceptions about how capable people with disabilities are. And employers don't have time to devote to extra training some people may need. Craig Young is a success story...he's 20 years old, and store manager at the Family Dollar in Gouverneur. He says he couldn't have imagined holding the job a year ago. Greg Warner has his story. Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Apr 28, 2005 — Women with Turner's Syndrome--the disease affects only women--have a damaged X chromosome. Symptoms include infertility, depression and health problems, such as brittle bones and heart ailments. Rebecca Shaney lives in Watertown. She wasn't diagnosed with Turner's until she was 28. When she was 29, she got her master's degree in French. Rebecca is, in her own words, obsessed with French. She's always wanted to be a French teacher. She has taught after school and tutored and been a sub, but she's never landed a full time teaching job. Meanwhile she's cleaned offices, washed dishes, and cashiered. She's currently on disability for a broken hip. She lives well under the poverty line. Rebecca had another job interview this month; we gave her a tape recorder the week before. She brings us this audio diary. Go to full article