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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State workers promote "lobby day" at Vermont Statehouse

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) State workers are expected to turn out in force for the annual "lobby day" put on at the Statehouse by the Vermont State Employees' Association.

The union is pushing is a proposal to require employers to provide paid sick time to their workers.  Go to full article
 Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of the Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, and Asian Caucus/ Photo: NYS Assembly
Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of the Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, and Asian Caucus/ Photo: NYS Assembly

Caucus leader backs minimum wage hike for cities

The idea of allowing cities to set their own minimum wage has support from the head of the state's black and Hispanic caucus, but the plan faces obstacles elsewhere.  Go to full article

Civilians heading back to to work at Ft. Drum

Many civilian employees placed on furlough by the government shutdown are going back to work at Ft. Drum.

In a statement Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that workers who contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members" will be exempted from the shutdown furloughs, and will be called back.  Go to full article
Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris
Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris

Nurses protest EJ Noble dissolution

Nurses and their supporters protested outside EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur yesterday.

The financially troubled hospital is slated to close later this fall and re-emerge in a new regional healthcare partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Leaders from both hospitals say EJ Noble has been mired in debt for years. Last fall the small hospital shut down temporarily after the state Department of Health closed its lab because of safety concerns.

Two hundred-sixteen people work at EJ Noble. The protesting nurses are skeptical about the coming change, wondering what it means for their jobs.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Unions blast Cuomo "death penalty" for failing schools

The school year starts for school children in New York this week and next week. It comes amid concerns over low test scores for many of the state's students, and harsh rhetoric from Governor Cuomo, who says he wants a "death penalty" option for dealing with failing schools.  Go to full article
Clergy filled the stairwell at the Capitol Building, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a hike in the minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Clergy filled the stairwell at the Capitol Building, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a hike in the minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

NYers still paying the price of recession

A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a "lost decade" for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.

The union financed think tank, the Fiscal Policy Institute, finds the current economic recovery continues to be the weakest on record since the Great Depression of the 1930's.  Go to full article

SUNY seeks health care training program

The state's network of community colleges is hoping to establish a health care worker training program.

SUNY has applied for $23 million to set up the program at about 30 campuses.  Go to full article
Josh Cameron (right) and Conant Neville are paid interns this summer at NCPR. Photo: Martha Foley
Josh Cameron (right) and Conant Neville are paid interns this summer at NCPR. Photo: Martha Foley

Interns...pay them, or not?

Recent lawsuits have focused attention of the issue of unpaid internships. Rulings from a federal court in New York have removed any ambiguity -- saying that the majority of these positions are illegal.

But does the court's decision reflect the reality of the marketplace?  Go to full article
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms. Photo: David Sommerstein
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms. Photo: David Sommerstein

Dairy farmers and Hispanic workers in legal limbo

The U.S. Senate passed its version of immigration reform Thursday. But the bill's future in the House is highly uncertain. Many conservatives oppose citizenship for those who are in the country illegally.

Others want to take up immigration reform piece by piece, rather than attempt a comprehensive bill like the Senate's.

With Congress wrestling with a new strategy for immigration policy, we thought it would be a good time to review the legal situation on many New York and Vermont dairy farms.

Several thousand undocumented immigrants, mostly Latino, work on those farms. They pay social security and other federal taxes because they give their employers false social security numbers when they're hired.

Farmers are not required to prove their workers are legal. In fact, they can be sued for discrimination if they challenge them.

In 2006, David Sommerstein explored this Catch-22. Here's a part of that story.  Go to full article

Critics weigh in on "Tax Free New York"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released legislation outlining his plan for tax-free zones Monday after spending a week in May touring upstate to build support for the proposal.

"I mean no taxes. That's what I mean when I say tax free - no business tax, no corporate tax, no franchise fee, no income tax," Cuomo told officials at the University at Buffalo.

Under the measure, any new business that sets up on or near a SUNY campus, or at selected private universities or state-owned properties will pay no taxes for up to ten years. After five years, high-wage earners will have to pay income taxes. The locations are mostly upstate.

The plan has come under fire from all sides.  Go to full article

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