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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

CVPH Employees Join SEIU Local 1199

Workers at one of the North Country's biggest hospitals have voted to change unions. Staff at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh voted yesterday to join SEIU Local 1199. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students Matt Rpbinson, Potsdam, and Trish Wickwire, Parishville.
SUNY Potsdam students Matt Rpbinson, Potsdam, and Trish Wickwire, Parishville.

SUNY Potsdam Students Study Jobs and Politics in Northern Mexico

David Sommerstein talks with Trish Wickwire and Matt Robinson about their recent trip to the "maquiladora" zone along the U.S.-Mexico border. They say workers need to form a global coalition in a global economy.  Go to full article

Congressman Sanders calls for the release of two Chinese labor activists

Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders is calling for the release of two Chinese labor activists who are in prison. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

GE Strike Looms In Fort Edward

General Electric's factories in Fort Edward and Schenectady are facing their first national strike in more than thirty years. GE's largest unions - representing some twenty thousand workers - say they'll stage a two-day protest next week. As Brian Mann reports, local businesses worry that a longer dispute could follow.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, pt.2

For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of dollars to jump-start the region's visitor industry. In part two of a series on the region's tourism industry, Brian Mann looks at the quality of tourism work - an industry plagued by low pay and low benefits.  Go to full article

Nurses Without Contracts

The union representing nurses and technicians at EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur are holding a candlelight vigil on Friday. The union wants to show support for its 43 members who've been working without a contract since December. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Transitioning Seniors to New Jobs

The Senior Community Service Employment Program of St. Lawrence County helps first time or veteran workers make the transition into today?s labor market. Jody Tosti met up with the project?s coordinator and a client in the program.  Go to full article

Alcoa Turns 100

The St. Lawrence County village of Massena kicked off two weeks of events this week to celebrate its 200th birthday. Tomorrow marks another Massena milestone. Alcoa--the Aluminum Company of America--commemorates 100 years since it broke ground on its aluminum smelting operation.

Alcoa made Massena a classic company town for decades. Today's residents are descendants of European immigrants who sought work at the height of the industrial age. Like most North Country history, Alcoa's story starts with water. David Sommerstein looks at the past and future of Alcoa in Massena.  Go to full article

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