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The sign bearing LaBaff's name is made from aluminum smelted at Alcoa in Massena. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The sign bearing LaBaff's name is made from aluminum smelted at Alcoa in Massena. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence county names building for union leader

St. Lawrence County officially named its main job creation building yesterday after a man who's spent a lifetime fighting for jobs. Assemblywoman Addie Russell praised Ernie LaBaff as a man who exemplified "dignity in work".

LaBaff worked at Alcoa in Massena for some 50 years. He's now vice-chairman of the county Industrial Development Agency, whose building now bears his name.  Go to full article
NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release
NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release

Teachers' union says no to tax cap

The New York State United Teachers union released an analysis earlier this week that says the state's wealthiest school districts spent almost 80 percent more per pupil than the poorest ones.  Go to full article

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Hodson Hall, which houses North Country Community College's administration and several classrooms, in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Morris via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Hodson Hall, which houses North Country Community College's administration and several classrooms, in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Morris via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

North Country Community College reaches deal with faculty union

North Country Community College has reached a new, five-year deal with the union that represents its faculty.

NCCC President Steve Tyrell presented on the new contract at Monday's Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting. Afterward, county lawmakers approved the deal unanimously.  Go to full article
Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

How Cuomo's pension plan could help North Country schools

It took a few days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his budget plan last week for many North Country school districts to realize they had a problem. The initial funding proposal didn't provide enough money to help them out of the budget hole.

But there's still some hope in the governor's proposal. His plan includes more than $200 million in what's called fiscal stabilization funding. The idea is to help schools with a spike in pension costs this year.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers Tuesday's budget address in Albany
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers Tuesday's budget address in Albany

Cuomo tackles school funding, pensions in budget address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a budget yesterday that he says is honest, no gimmicks or one-shots, and manageable. It closes a $2 billion deficit, raises health care and education spending and begins mandate relief for local governments. It also tackles pension reform, and offers an ultimatum to schools to accept a teacher evaluation program or lose out on an increase in state aid. And Cuomo promises no new taxes.

The governor again took sharp aim at what he called the status quo in Albany, demonizing some of its most powerful public labor unions. We have details and reaction this morning, starting with our Albany reporter, Karen DeWitt.  Go to full article
There’s some significant changes in this revised contract.

Cuomo, PEF leadership hope for "yes" vote on new contract

The votes will be counted for the second time this fall on a contract offer between the state worker union the Public Employees Federation, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

PEF members rejected the first offer. This time, if the contract is rejected, the governor has vowed to lay off 3500 state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
They thought the administration was bluffing, that there wouldn't be layoffs. If that's what they thought, they were mistaken.

Cuomo blames union members for PEF showdown

Dozens of North Country workers are in line for pink slips this week after their union, the Public Employees Federation, rejected a contract deal with New York state.

At least twenty-five people were slated to lose their jobs at the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services facility in Tupper Lake.

White collar workers at North Country prisons are also expected to be hit hard.

In an interview today with public radio's Susan Arbetter on the program "Capital Pressroom," Cuomo said he is already moving forward with plans to lay off 3500 state workers.

The governor blamed union members for sparking the confrontation.  Go to full article
Our main thing right now is to prevent those layoffs and to come up with something that our members will ratify.

State union has "new ideas" for contract

Two days after one of the state's two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has "new ideas" for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3500 lay offs ordered by the governor.  Go to full article
Unfortunately the governor feels the need to be out there threatening the jobs of our members.

Still a chance of layoffs for one state employees' union

Layoffs remain on the table for one major state worker union, after the Public Employees Federation failed to reach an agreement with the Cuomo Administration on a contract.  Go to full article

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