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They didnít have to do it...and the board appreciates it and I want to believe the community will appreciate it as well.

Teachers step up to help school budgets

School across the North Country finalized their budget plans last week. Now they go before the voters on Tuesday, May 17.

Most spending plans raise taxes and cut staff and programs. But the situation could have been worse if teachers didn't help out.

According to New York State United Teachers, at least 200 local teachers' unions - or about a third statewide - accepted contract concessions or restructuring to give more money to their school budgets.

Pressure to do so came from the highest levels of state government, and some say teachers didn't give enough. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo: Chris Morris)

Nurses picket at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake

A large group of nurses gathered in front of one of the region's largest health care facilities this week to call for fair wages and benefits.

The nurses' union at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake says it wants a contract similar to those at other area hospitals, like the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.

But hospital officials counter that they've been negotiating in good faith, and that their contract proposal is, in fact, fair.

Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article

Teachers union launches ads

A major New York State union is going on the air with televisions ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Union files grievance over hold on pay hikes

The state's largest public worker union has filed a grievance with state labor relations board, over Governor Paterson's decision to temporarily withhold 4% raises which were due to state employees April 1st. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)

Rep. Murphy co-sponsors controversial Employee Free Choice Act

Representative Scott Murphy has co-sponsored his first set of legislation, since taking office a little more than a month ago. Today and tomorrow, we'll talk with the new Democratic Congressman from Glens Falls about his agenda in Washington. One of the first bills that Murphy is backing is the Employee Free Choice Act. It would allow unions to organize workers without a secret-ballot election, if a majority of employees sign a union card. Business groups and most Republicans have slammed the measure for eliminating the secret ballot. But Murphy says he thinks it would give important new clout to workers. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Unions bussing ranks to Albany to protest cuts

Interest groups will be in Albany today to protest some of Governor Paterson's propsed budget cuts. Union members from St. Lawrence County left for Albany in a bus early this morning. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Paterson to meet with union leaders

Governor David Paterson, who's been warning of budget deficits that could reach $8 billion, says he'll meet with union leaders later this week to discuss the state's condition. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Workers call for more help at Sunmount

A group of nurses and other unionized workers rallied yesterday for more staff at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake. The state-run facility is home to more than 200 residents with mental and physical disabilities. Nurses say a staff shortage is hurting patients and straining staff. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Comlinks employees vote to unionize

After months of turmoil, employees at the non-profit organization ComLinks have voted to unionize. The Malone-based agency is one of the region's largest independent social service providers. Friday's vote follows news that the organization's CEO was improperly reimbursed by her agency for campaign contributions made to various politicians. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article
Self-portraits by Cindy Levean (above) and Ray Thibault (below) are a part of the exhibit in Massena.
Self-portraits by Cindy Levean (above) and Ray Thibault (below) are a part of the exhibit in Massena.

Portraits of blue-collar life & loss in Massena

2007 was a roller coaster year for Massena. It ended with the security of knowing Alcoa will keep almost 1,000 jobs in the company town. But in May, hundreds of people's lives were turned upside-down. General Motors announced it will close its plant there, laying off about 500 workers. A new art project aims to make those people more than statistics in the global shift of manufacturing. A half dozen workers and family members used photography and journaling to tell their stories as their lives change forever. Their exhibit is up at the local union hall in Massena through January 17th. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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