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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 Chris Knight
Jul 15, 2005 — Half the workforce is being eliminated from one of Lake Placid's largest employers. Serologicals Corporation, the parent company of Upstate USA, will be cutting 23 positions outright and giving another 39 people the opportunity to relocate to facilities in California or Virginia. As Chris Knight reports, the decision is part of a reorganization at the corporate level. Go to full article
Jul 05, 2005 — General Motors has been watching its SUV sales take a turn for the worse. In their first fiscal quarter, the company lost $1.3 billion. And now GM says it'll have to cut 25,000 jobs in the next three years to stay profitable. But some GM workers hope the automaker's move toward greener vehicles will put it back in the black. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Brian Bull 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 27, 2005 — A Vancouver-based lumber company is finalizing the purchase of a chipboard mill in St. Lawrence County. Ainsworth Lumber will buy the plant from Chatham Forest Products. But the factory has yet to be built. A dispute over an emissions permit has tied up the project in lawsuits since 2001. Supporters say the plant would boost an ailing forest industry. But environmentalists say it would pollute North Country air more than developers are letting on. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
May 10, 2005 — On May 17, voters will decide whether to approve budgets for their local school districts. In many communities, one controversial cost is funding for BOCES. Board of Cooperative Educational Services chapters help public schools provide vocational training and support for children with disabilities. The program is especially popular in small, rural districts. But as Brian Mann reports, some district leaders complain that BOCES is charging too much for administration costs and salaries. 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
by Brian Mann
Apr 12, 2005 — State senator Betty Little wants to create a vast tax relief zone for the six million-acre Adirondack Park. Empire Development zones offers incentives to growing businesses, including income tax credits and relief on property taxes. The program would affect dozens of towns and villages. Senator Little spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Feb 15, 2005 — Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Governor Pataki's economic development agency has awarded taxpayer-funded grants to at least one company that specializes in outsourcing jobs from upstate New York to India. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Dec 10, 2004 — The Adirondack Park Agency met in Tupper Lake last night to review plans for a massive new real estate project around the Big Tupper Ski Center. The project's developers are calling it "The Preserve On Tupper Lake". With more than eight hundred high end vacation homes and condos now on the drawing board, the proposal would reshape the entire community. It would bring jobs and a higher tax base to Tupper Lake. But as Chris Knight reports, some question the development's impact on the environment and on the village's infrastructure. Go to full article