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Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March. <br />Photo: Sky Woman Media<br />
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March.
Photo: Sky Woman Media

Ironworkers angry about outsourced Alcoa recovery work

Labor unions, tribal leaders, and the mayor of Massena gathered at the Alcoa Plant in Massena Thursday. They're concerned the company is bringing in ironworkers from Texas, instead of hiring locally.

There was a fire at the plant last spring, and Alcoa is rebuilding the roof of its caste house.

Alcoa hired a company called Fluor(Floor) of Irving, Texas to do the work.
Rob Cole is business manager of Iron Workers Local 440 in Massena. He says the Alcoa hasn't spoken with them directly about the issue. But his union called Fluor, and the company told them they were hiring Texas workers for the job.  Go to full article

Supporters continue push for minimum wage hike

Supporters of raising New York's minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed in this legislative session. As Karen DeWitt reports, with just three weeks left, demonstrations and efforts to put the bill on the Senate floor continue.  Go to full article
It's the private sector that's leading the way in job creation, as the public sector is dragging.

Upstate leads NY jobs gains

New York State is on the brink of returning to pre-recession job levels, largely thanks to upstate. That's according to a new analysis from IHS Global Insight. The Innovation Trail's Alex Crichton has more.  Go to full article
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Assembly, Senate leaders seek moral high ground on minimum wage

Democrats in the State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage. The Republican leader of the State Senate offered a spirited defense of his position opposing the measure, but did not rule the issue out altogether. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article

Minimum wage hike may be dead

A months-old proposal to raise the minimum wage for millions of New Yorkers may be dead. Assembly Democrats say they have the votes to approve an increase today. But Senate Republicans say they won't take the measure up, and it's not on Gov. Cuomo's list for action by the end of this term, June 21. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
NY's senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
NY's senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand

Senators seek transition support for vets

New York's senators are looking to reduce unemployment among recently retired veterans. They unveiled three new bills at a joint press conference Monday. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
Photo: NYS Dept. of Health
Photo: NYS Dept. of Health

Labor department scraps youth farmworker regs

The US Labor Department has scrapped safety regulations designed to protect teenagers working on farms.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens worked hard to pressure the Obama administration to withdraw the rules.  Go to full article
The increase proposed would return the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the minimum wage to what it was in 1980.
The increase proposed would return the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the minimum wage to what it was in 1980.

Senate democrats push for state minimum wage hike

Democrats in the State Senate held a forum promoting a hike in the state's minimum wage, while a conservative group says there's already a government program in place that boosts the earnings of low wage workers well above the current minimum standard. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo speaking with reporters in his office Thursday
Governor Cuomo speaking with reporters in his office Thursday

Public worker unions furious over late-night pension deal

The overnight session of the state legislature this week, where pension reform and other items were passed after weeks of contention, has left public worker unions, and even some lawmakers, fuming. Meanwhile Governor Cuomo says it had be done that way. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo delivering his budget address, January 2012
Governor Cuomo delivering his budget address, January 2012

Cuomo, unions go head to head on Tier VI pensions

Public worker unions have gone on the offensive against Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed new pension tier, invoking class warfare. Meanwhile the governor is warning that if there's no resolution, thousands of local government employees will be laid off.  Go to full article

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