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Alcoa, state near power deal

Alcoa and the New York Power Authority are getting closer to an agreement that would keep the aluminum maker in Massena. But reports that a deal is imminent appear premature. A spokesperson for Governor Eliot Spitzer told the Watertown Daily Times "what you're hearing isn't quite what is actually going on." Alcoa and the state signed a confidentiality agreement earlier this month. The two sides are negotiating a new contract to give Alcoa low-cost hydropower produced at the dam on the St. Lawrence River. Alcoa has offered to guarantee 900 jobs and a $600 million renovation at its two plants in Massena. Currently about 1,200 people work there now. Alcoa spokeswoman Susan Flynn told the Times that "progress is being made" in the talks. Speaking in Potsdam last month, Governor Spitzer said he wants a deal done by the end of the year.  Go to full article

Massena GM workers join national strike

General Motors workers in Massena are among the thousands nationwide who walked off the job this morning. United Auto Workers president Ron Gettelfinger says the union launched the strike after what he described as ``one-sided negotiations.'' The union is seeking more job security and better benefits. The picketing comes as General Motors prepares to close its Powertrain plant in Massena next year. David Sommerstein spoke with UAW local 465 president Tony Arquette Monday afternoon.  Go to full article
United Auto Workers Local 465 lines up for what could be its last Labor day parade
United Auto Workers Local 465 lines up for what could be its last Labor day parade

Celebrating Labor in Massena

Labor Day is a big day in Massena. Ever since Alcoa built an aluminum smelter near the St. Lawrence River in 1903, Massena has been a town of blue-collar work and unions. The annual Labor Day parade draws more than a dozen unions from across the North Country. Yesterday's parade was clouded by last spring's news that General Motors will close its plant in Massena, laying off almost 500 people. David Sommerstein sent this audio montage from the parade route.  Go to full article

Schumer Meets in Massena

New York Senator Charles Schumer took advantage of his chamber's summer recess to visit the North Country yesterday. He toured the biomass renewable energy plant in Lewis County. And he discussed everything from Iraq and Alcoa to passports and the farm bill in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alcoa'a share of low-cost hydropower could determine future in Massena
Alcoa'a share of low-cost hydropower could determine future in Massena

Talks resume but worries persist over Alcoa's Massena operations

Talks have resumed between Alcoa and the New York Power Authority, weighing jobs against the cost of energy at the aluminum manufacturer's facilities in Massena. The current contract expires in 2013. Alcoa officials say they need guarantees on low-cost hydro electricity now in order to secure the local plant's future. Alcoa officials have suggested the company could move its Massena operations elsewhere. More than 1000 jobs could be lost in addition to the 488 jobs that will disappear when General Motors shutters its nearby casting plant. The GM announcement prompted state and local representatives to pressure Gov. Eliot Spitzer to make the stalled Alcoa-NYPA contract talks a top priority. Watertown Republican Jim Wright chairs the Senate committee on energy and telecommunications. He says his role has been to keep the state negotiators and Alcoa talking. Jonathan Brown asked him if this means he wants the state to accept the manufacturer's terms.  Go to full article
Gov. Spitzer spoke with each person, including Kim Smith...
Gov. Spitzer spoke with each person, including Kim Smith...

Spitzer offers Massena hope, but few details

Governor Eliot Spitzer offered sympathy and hope to about 100 General Motors workers and their families in Massena yesterday. But he had few details about what the future would hold. Spitzer's visit to the United Auto Workers Local 465 union hall comes a little more than a week after General Motors announced it will shutter its Powertrain plant in Massena by the end of 2008. Almost 500 people will lose their jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Leaders strategize post-GM Massena

State lawmakers are making a last ditch effort to save the General Motors Powertrain plant. They'll huddle with union leaders in Massena tomorrow. But as David Sommerstein reports, the talks will focus on life after GM.

CORRECTION: Lieutenant Governor David Paterson is not visiting Massena today.  Go to full article

Lawmakers' efforts failed to stop plant closing

GM confirmed this morning that General Motors will shutter its Powertrain facility in Massena at the end of 2008. The move came despite efforts by lawmakers to delay the decision. A spokesman for Rep. John McHugh described the development as "disappointing." "This is not good news for the community," said spokesman Matt Lavoie. "The congressman will fight for the people, the town, and the workers in any way he can," he added. Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the last-minute effort by lawmakers to save hundreds of jobs.  Go to full article

Alcoa takeover "unlikely"

A report that Alcoa is the target of a takeover bid may be no more than a rumor. Analysts say it's unlikely two Australian companies want to purchase the aluminum giant. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

60 job cuts at Alcoa

Alcoa announced yesterday it will cut more than 60 jobs at one of its plants in Massena. As David Sommerstein reports, the move is designed to make one of the aluminum maker's ailing divisions profitable.  Go to full article

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