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Hispanic Dairy Workers in New York: The Bigger Picture

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

It's Not the Work, It's the Wages

Much of the growing public discourse on immigration policy assumes America needs foreign workers to do the grunt work. Commentator Paul Willcott disagrees.  Go to full article

GM Massena Spared in Cuts

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

Ironworkers to Picket SLU Job

Some North Country ironworkers plan to picket during family weekend at St. Lawrence University. The local union says work to erect the steel skeleton of the new science building was given to out-of-state workers. The university says it has nothing to do with the hiring process. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Finch, Pruyn Lays Off 30 Salaried Workers

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

Alcoa Offers Jobs, Investment for Power

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

Ad Campaign Says Privatization of State Services Wastes Money

The state's second largest public employee union is waging war against government privatization. The Public Employees Federation has launched a media ad campaign to get its point across. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Composer Wayne Horvitz
Composer Wayne Horvitz

Preview: Joe Hill at Burlington's Flynn Theatre

The Flynn Center in Burlington presents a musical tribute to legendary labor rights martyr Joe Hill this Saturday night (8 pm). Todd Moe talks with composer Wayne Horvitz about his musical exploration of a dynamic era in American history, and the workers' rights hero who inspired the work.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines GM for Workplace Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined General Motors Powertrain in Massena $160,000 for poor record keeping and safety hazards. As David Sommerstein reports, OSHA alleges GM intentionally failed to record work-related injuries and illnesses.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines Ogdensburg Cheesemaker

A kosher cheese maker in Ogdensburg is appealing $185,000 in fines levied by the U.S. Labor Department. Inspectors found serious safety and health hazard violations at Primo Foods' cheese plant. A Lewis County plant owned by the same company was cited for violations last year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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