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Remembering Irish Sacrifice on the Rideau Canal

The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system.  Go to full article

Labor Protest Could Mean Long Lines at Border

A labor dispute is expected to mean serious traffic delays this weekend at border crossings. Customs workers on the Canadian side are staging work slowdowns as the summer travel season get underway. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Nurses Rally Against Mandatory Overtime

Nurses who belong to three of the state's most powerful unions rallied at the State Capitol to end mandatory overtime requirements that they say are stressing nurses and making hospitals dangerous. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Claxton-Hepburn Workers: Six Months, No Contract

Staff at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg continue to work without a contract after six months of negotiations. Employees and management have been at odds over health insurance benefits. As Jody Tosti reports, after a bargaining session on Tuesday, both sides were still unable to come to an agreement.  Go to full article

New Contract Ends Strike at Malone Hospital

170 union workers are declaring victory after a ten-day strike at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. As Brian Mann reports, Local 1l99 hopes to win new benefits from other hospitals around the north country.  Go to full article

Strike Settlement at Malone Hospital

Negotiators representing management and union workers at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone say they've reached a tentative settlement to end a week-long strike. Union members are expected to vote on the agreement Friday. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Union Wants NY to Buy Drugs From Canada

A state office worker union says it has an idea to help New York lawmakers plug a looming gap in the budget - buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Malone Hospital Strike Update

Union and hospital officials say talks are moving forward in the week-old strike at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. Martha Foley has an update.  Go to full article

Malone Health Workers Set to Strike

Health care workers at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone will begin striking Tuesday. After months of negotiations, hospital officials and employees were unable to agree about health insurance and a pension package. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
John Combs won the column climb, ringing the bell<br />at the top in only 7.2 seconds.
John Combs won the column climb, ringing the bell
at the top in only 7.2 seconds.

"High Steel" Prowess at Ironworker Festival

For generations, Mohawks and other Native Americans have built the world's most famous buildings and bridges, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. They work the "high steel," a dangerous profession practiced hundreds of feet above the ground. The skill and craft of ironworking took center stage last month near Syracuse in a sort of ironworker olympics. Ironworkers competed in events like knot-tying, wrench throwing, and the 30-foot column climb. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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