From NCPR Blogs:
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly. What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town. Some...
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...
Alcoa, which employs hundreds in Massena and is the North Country’s largest private employer, is having a bad couple of days. The company reported Thursday that it lost $2.34 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 (WWNY-TV); the company’s...
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...
News stories tagged with "jobs"
by Brian Mann
Jun 20, 2006 — The Quebec-based company planning a major new facility in Plattsburgh, creating roughly 700 high-paying jobs, says it could expand as early as 2011. A second facility could bring the total of new jobs to nearly 1500. Laurentian Aerospace will start construction of its first massive double-hangar at the old Plattsburgh Air Force base in October. The company will repair and refurbish wide-body commercial jets. The announcement came yesterday at a press conference attended by Governor George Pataki. The governor described the base as "one of the great underused facilities anywhere in this country" and said the project would allow local college graduates to find jobs in the North Country. Brian Mann spoke with Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce director Garry Douglas, who brokered the deal. Go to full article
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
Jan 05, 2006 — 2006 brings the shutdown of another paper mill that was once a major buyer of North Country timber. Domtar will close its mill in Cornwall, Ontario on March 31st, laying off more than 500 people. Many loggers in northern New York have been hit hard by the closure. But as David Sommerstein reports, some see hope for an industry that's been struggling for years. Go to full article
Dec 23, 2005 — Five years ago, just a handful of dairy farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Today, some 50 farms use or have expressed a desire to hire workers from Mexico or Guatemala. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. There are the obvious language barriers, but also issues with food and housing and cultural norms. Earlier this month, a small group of farmers tried to bridge that gap in a big way. They took a trip to Mexico, to the very village where their employees come from, and met their families. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Dec 23, 2005 — Agricultural labor specialist Tom Maloney of Cornell University completed a survey of Hispanic workers on New York dairy farms earlier this year. Many of these workers came into the United States illegally. The survey found crossing the border, language barriers, and lack of freedom are the biggest challenges they face in their work. Their employers also cite language and immigration issues as problems. Maloney told David Sommerstein dairy farmers are increasingly turning to Hispanic labor because they struggle to find employees at a price they can pay. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Dec 22, 2005 — State Senator Betty Little says local towns and villages should share more services in an effort to save property tax dollars. Little chairs the Senate Local Government Committee. The Committee issued a report this week urging greater efficiency. Little says laws that restrict local government partnerships need to be reviewed. She also wants the state to offer better guidance for towns that want to combine departments. Brian Mann spoke with Senator Little, a Republican from Queensbury. Go to full article
Nov 21, 2005 — The General Motors plant in Massena won't be affected by the company's plans to slash 30,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said this morning the cuts were needed to make the company more competitive. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Nov 14, 2005 — The zinc mines in St. Lawrence County that closed four years ago will prepare to re-open this winter. The Winnepeg-based company that owns St. Lawrence Zinc made the announcement last week. As David Sommerstein reports, the news comes after a couple false starts. Go to full article