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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

Alcoa Workers Fear Worst as Deadline Looms

Alcoa and the United Steelworkers of America are locked in last-minute talks in St. Louis over a new contract. The current contract covers 9,000 workers at 15 plants, including the two Alcoa plants in Massena. The two sides remain far apart on health care and retirement packages. As David Sommerstein reports, both are prepared for a strike.  Go to full article

Alcoa Workers Picket Over Contract

Alcoa workers held an informational picket Monday outside the aluminum plants in Massena. Union officials say Alcoa's proposed new contract cuts health care and pension benefits, especially for new employees. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

GM Massena Fights For Work, 180 Jobs

Union leaders from Massena's General Motors plant were at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington last week. While they were there, they lobbied lawmakers for help saving about a third of the plant's production line. As David Sommerstein reports, they're fighting worldwide competition to keep making a part that employs almost 180 people.  Go to full article
Domtar paper mill in Cornwall
Domtar paper mill in Cornwall

After Domtar, Mixed Outlook for Timber

2006 brings the shutdown of another paper mill that was once a major buyer of North Country timber. Domtar will close its mill in Cornwall, Ontario on March 31st, laying off more than 500 people. Many loggers in northern New York have been hit hard by the closure. But as David Sommerstein reports, some see hope for an industry that's been struggling for years.  Go to full article

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