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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

Few Agreements on Final Issues in Albany

As the July 4th holiday approaches, a number of bills remain on the agenda for the New York State Assembly and Senate, but so far there are few agreements on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to giving police more tools to fight terrorism. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Would Ban State Money For Union Organizing Attempts

Business groups and not-for-profits are lashing out against a bill in the state legislature that would forbid some recipients of state money from using the funds to talk to employees about union organizing attempts. Albany correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Labor Numbers: State Workers Hurting From Recession and September 11th Aftermath

New York's Labor Department has released its latest employment numbers and the jobs picture looks bleak for much of the state. Hit by the September 11th terrorist attack and by a global recession, the state lost more than 140,000 jobs last year. As Brian Mann reports, parts of the north country are feeling the squeeze - but others held steady.
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NLRB Rejects Union Complaints at Finch, Pryun

The legal wrangling continues in the wake of the failed Finch, Pruyn strike in Glens Falls. This week, the National Labor Relations Board rejected complaints filed by the union at the timber company. As Brian Mann reports, Finch, Pruyn still faces legal action over the way workers are being rehired.  Go to full article

Mental Health Workers Left out of State Pay Hikes

Mental health workers rallied at the state capitol for more pay this week. They say that if the money can be found for raises for physical health care workers, then the money should be there to increase the salaries for mental health care works as well.  Go to full article

Strike End Leaves Uncertainty in Glens Falls

On Wednesday, hundreds of union members voted to end a six-month strike and accept a new contract that includes deep cuts in pay and insurance coverage. Even with a new contract, many union workers are wondering when and if they'll be rehired. Brian Mann profiles Glens Falls, a town that many say has been damaged economically, and divided socially.  Go to full article

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